alan tani @ alantani.com fishing reel repair rebuild tutorial Would you use a beefed up senator 6/0 for BFT in the 100# range?
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« Reply #15 on: May 19, 2019, 11:47:27 AM »

I知 on a 2 1/2 day next weekend and we値l spend at least the first day looking for BFT. I知 taking 20, 30, 40, 60# rigs plus a jig stick and an extra reel with 50#. My best BFT was 85# on 30#. It doesn稚 sound like you need the heavy artillery. The fish hitting flat falls have been 50-60#ers. Most are coming on bait with small hooks.
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« Reply #16 on: May 19, 2019, 11:50:38 PM »

Hi guys,  Some good experienced comments here.
             FWIW from my experience and to answer to the initial question, I can only relay my personal experience with the 6/0.
      I have landed a 75lb BFT on a stock standard 6/0,,,,, and have landed a 70lb kingfish on a stock standard 4/0,
     The 4/0 was worse for wear after the 70lb kingfish, in fact i thought I was going to honestly break the reel, such was the pressure being put
   on the old girl, it was near new and was in the early 80's, I was on my own boat at the time, so I was well prepared to take my time and couldn't
   of cared less about my fishing mates having to wind up there gear and wait till my time was done. The BFT on the 6/0, was trolling a skirt and in all
    honesty, the reel handled it brilliantly, I admit previous BFT on my 50 internationals were done a lot quicker and with less effort and I suppose a lot less
 risk of loosing the fish, I wouldn't have done this on a charter I admit.
   Because of these experiences and my luv of Penns, I'm currently pimping out 2- 113h's and a 113h wide, and a 114h, purely to target Kingfish and
   BFT of this size. I figure that yes, I would be far better off if they take the 2 internationals I also use in my spread, but pimped up and far stronger than
 original stock reels, I know they will do the job and secretly hoping they take one of the senators !!!!!
   My choice is not for everyone, So my answer to them is go buy a 2 speed modern reel that will probably do it a lot easier in all aspects,,,,
     But, where's the challenge in that   Grin
   So, yet to land one on a pimped up 6/0,  But yes, they will handle it if you fish to the reel.......

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« Reply #17 on: May 20, 2019, 02:14:46 PM »

I was thinking, what reel, used under $350 should I look for. Would a penn international 12t that has been blue printed and 2spd work? Is that equal to or better than the fathom?
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« Reply #18 on: May 20, 2019, 05:47:27 PM »

While some people might want more capacity, I think you will be very well equipped with that 2 speed international.
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« Reply #19 on: May 23, 2019, 12:45:38 PM »

for that price range you might find a 30SW- one of my all time favorites, and will hold a ton of 100lb braid plus topshot, so capacity is no issue. Just be sure about drag numbers of any 12 you look at- I'm not sure what they put out if blueprinted.
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« Reply #20 on: August 22, 2019, 05:49:52 PM »

I知 on a 2 1/2 day next weekend and we値l spend at least the first day looking for BFT. I知 taking 20, 30, 40, 60# rigs plus a jig stick and an extra reel with 50#. My best BFT was 85# on 30#. It doesn稚 sound like you need the heavy artillery. The fish hitting flat falls have been 50-60#ers. Most are coming on bait with small hooks.

I'm curious about how much line you need to not get spooled when fishing 85# BFT on 30 lb line?  Mark, how much line would you guess that fish took?

Thanks, Greg
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