SportFishing and Charters Forum - penn senator for tuna
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01-23-2008, 02:08 PM
I have a 4/0 senator and 3 6/0 senators. I am on a very small budget for tuna this year but is the 4/0 with spectra bid enough to handle a bluefin?
01-23-2008, 02:14 PM
Sure......with a lot of patience and a little bit of luck 150 pounds or less is a reasonable expectation......more than that and you will need more patience and more luck...............
01-23-2008, 02:38 PM
Fish em myself.............exactly what offshorebri said, he's right on
Yeah lever drag is better, gold even better blah, blah, blah, but on a budget they'll work fine. Bait, lure selection, boat handling etc.....all play a roll.
Look at Alantani's posts & rebuilds. Use carbon fiber washers greased like he does it and go fishing and have some fun. If they can land 100# fish on spinning gear then you'll do fine :thumbsup:
01-23-2008, 04:16 PM
Spectra should work fine at 80#. I boated a 76 pound Bfin with a 4/0 filled with 50# mono. We were down to only a couple of turns on the spool twice. I was very lucky to boat the fish on the 4/0 with 50# test. I have killed a $hit load of Bfins with 6/0 and 80#mono. But start saving you money for sold Gold Reels or more 6/0's.
01-24-2008, 05:33 AM
Yup, they'll work. I've fished offshore since 1987 with Senators and just this year finally got some Internationals. The Internationals sure are nicer machines but the fish don't seem to know the difference!
01-24-2008, 06:27 AM
They are all right. You can kill a big fish especially if you choose to get off of the ball and chase him for a while. a lot of 150-300 lb fish were caught at the Mudhole on 6/0's during the '60s on 50 lb mono.
01-24-2008, 06:52 AM
The 4/0's 3.25 gears are good and you hardly ever touch the drag anyhow. I have an Accurate converted 4/0 with 65# Tuf Line that will do the job fine. However, my last YFT (80#) sounded at the boat and stood me up in the chair, lever drag is better in this situation.
01-24-2008, 07:00 AM
i have accuplate 4/0's with smoothie drags and i spool them with 50# momoi diamond and troll with them. anything over 120# or so gets a bit hairy but most of the time the fight is straight up and down after a bit anyhow. i have trouble trolling with spectra as its seems to want to bury itself in the corners of the spool even when wet packed so i just stick with mono and i still manage to eat lots of sushi.
01-24-2008, 01:39 PM
Thanks guys........ill post some pics if i catch anything