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04-14-2011, 02:09 PM
My boys picked up a penn 16VSX for me for Xmas this year, my question is what size line to use.
I fish offshore for tuna 4 maybe 5 times a year in the Jersey Canyons and also shark fish.

Was thinking 500 yds 80lb JB solid with a bimini twist for loop to loop or go with 130 Jb Hollow and splice top shots on.

From what I've read both are 100% connections.

Opinions are appreciated.

04-14-2011, 02:55 PM
I run 65# JB Hollow with a 100lb Quattro Topshot for anything from groundfishing up to Tuna Jigging. Connection made with a loop to loop.

Sounds like you are on the right track.

04-14-2011, 03:07 PM
those penn vsx's are nice.i think they make a vsx 12 now.heavy but well built.

04-14-2011, 04:10 PM
We rig ours for trolling and chunking. They have 80 lbs PowerPro solid core bimini to an albright to 50 lb mono topshot.

04-14-2011, 04:17 PM
Thanks for the replys, was thinking solid might be better for me, looks alot easier to change out topshot if fish are leader shy, that is while chunking.

04-14-2011, 04:37 PM
JB 60 breaks at 92#. You could put alittle more line on and have the advantage of hollow core for spliced end loops.

Southern Hunter
04-14-2011, 08:36 PM
I have mine spooled with 80lb Power Pro and a 100yd top shot of Blue kills the YFT in the GOM!! Sweet reels!!

04-15-2011, 09:52 AM
We rig ours for trolling and chunking. They have 80 lbs PowerPro solid core bimini to an albright to 50 lb mono topshot.

What he said :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Flying Bajan
04-17-2011, 09:10 PM
50lb Jerry Brown braid on mine with no topshot. Want NO stretch for hooking wahoo at 7 knots. Great little reels.

cr bound
04-17-2011, 10:01 PM
80 Jb hollow core and a 50 yard topshot of 80 mono. troll, chunk, jig. You can do it all with this setup spooled in this fashion.

04-18-2011, 04:21 AM
Thanks for all the help, went with the 80 lb. JB solid.
Since i don't have the splicing and rev. latch needles, i went solid.
Picked up 600 yds. ea. of 80-65-50 from from a site sponsor.
Great price.
Thanks again for the help.

Prop Blast
04-18-2011, 10:02 AM
Since you're in NJ, I'd contact Basil at his shop in Harrington Park, NJ. There's probably no one on the east coast who could give you better advice -- and do the rigging as well :thumbsup:


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