New 80's or used 130's?

Regina E

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So whats the consensus?

New 80's filled with 1000 yards combined hollow core and topshot of 200 lb test or get used 130's and fill with dacron and mono top shot of same pound test?

Both to be used in swivels with #4 or #6 butts.

Inquiring minds want to know :D
 
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Jhbw

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Go with the 130's. When you get a big boy, (700 or better) On you will be happy you did
 

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The old reels are better anyways so if you can find some 130's in good shape (good drag) buy them! good luck
 

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You're not walking around with a big bent butt 80, so why not have a 130 that you will not be walking with either. As Jhbw said, you never know when you are going to need it. :eek:------------------------------------------------
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IMO there is no reason to put 200lb test on 80s anyway, you wouldnt be able to give it enough drag to snap the line... Plus if your going to do it, do it buy the 130s.
 

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No serious GBFT fisherman in Maine uses 80's. Even a part timer with 10k in annual expenses and 10 hookups a year shouldn't waist money on 80's. One fish $3-5k why take the chance.
 

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I commercial fish for Bluefin out of Massachusetts with Penn 80 STWs mounted on 130 class rods. I haven't had any issues yet but my biggest fish so far is 90". I am sure someday I will wish I had 130 reels but the 80s were given to me by my father so they will suffice for the time being.
If I were in your situation I would go with the used 130s just check the condition of the drags.
 
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This past season was my first season commercially fishing BFT. I started and fished 2 130s and 2 80s. I had caught fish on both rods with little problems. I hooked this fish on a 130 (thank god) and after 2hrs of backing down hard on the verge of being spooled we were able to slow the fish down enough to make a fight out of it and eventually get a dart in it. But after that I went out and bought 2 more used 130STs. I will never bring a knife to a gun fight again.

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I'm a sport salmon and halibut guy on the west coast, and I gotta tell ya, ......holy shit dude!!!! Nice fish!!!
 

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Wow! That's a great fish. You can land a giant on anything like large spinning reels, 30's 50's etc...you just don't want to with $$ on the line. The longer you fight the fish the less it can be worth ang greater chance of a break off.
 

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Anyone use one of the new Fin-nor Santiago 80's? 1600 yrds of 200 lb braid with room for a top shot, 100lb of drag???
 

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