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Old 03-20-2017, 04:14 PM   #1
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Hi fellows,

I need your help, I recently brought a penn slammer 6500. I am going to use it for jigging in the gulf. According to penn specs it can hold 355 yds of 50 lb braided line. I want to put 65 lbs or 80lbs. which braided line is the thinnest? I previously brought pp maxcuatro for a valiant 400, and found out that the strength is subpar. Please help me!
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Old 03-20-2017, 04:23 PM   #2
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Jerry Brown 60 lb and call it a day
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Old 03-20-2017, 04:33 PM   #3
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Jerry Brown 60 lb and call it a day
awesome!!! do you think it will stand 27 lbs of drag? that is what i am planning on setting my reels.
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Old 03-20-2017, 04:33 PM   #4
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Seaguar Threadlock and Jerry Brown are your go-to's.
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Old 03-20-2017, 04:35 PM   #5
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Seaguar Threadlock and Jerry Brown are your go-to's.
what is the difference between hollow and non hollow? which one is the best? thanks for helping this newbie fisherman. I used only power pro, but i am sick of breakings.
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Jerry Brown 60 lb and call it a day
Nothing but JB on my reels
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Old 03-20-2017, 05:11 PM   #7
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I'm not sure of the numbers but I think Jerry Brown 60 breaks just shy of 100. I'll bet Jerry will take the 27 pounds of drag better than you will. There has been a ton of threads on here about similar topics, so you might find it helpful to search the forums. Good luck
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I'm not sure of the numbers but I think Jerry Brown 60 breaks just shy of 100. I'll bet Jerry will take the 27 pounds of drag better than you will. There has been a ton of threads on here about similar topics, so you might find it helpful to search the forums. Good luck
Wow!!! Thats what I need. I fish in the rio grande and we get branch snags a couple of times when fishing for cats, with heavy line you just pull the branch out (if you dont get a cat, at least you get a branch).
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Another Jerry Brown user and lover. 50 lb non-hollow. Lots of other weak links to worry about besides the line.
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I'm not sure of the numbers but I think Jerry Brown 60 breaks just shy of 100. I'll bet Jerry will take the 27 pounds of drag better than you will. There has been a ton of threads on here about similar topics, so you might find it helpful to search the forums. Good luck
Yep, JB 60 hollow is typically 75-95+ ABS (Actual Breaking Strength).

An advantage to hollow is you can splice line and retain full strength. Need to trim off a few dozen yards on the outside of the spool that is worn? Just splice a fresh section on, full spool good as new!

I agree, 27lbs of drag is a LOT. We might set 50W trolling reels in that range, but not spinners, even Stellas. We may *increase* drag during a fight with a larger than target range fish that needs it, but we are not typically fishing that kind of drag in hand.
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Yep, JB 60 hollow is typically 75-95+ ABS (Actual Breaking Strength).

An advantage to hollow is you can splice line and retain full strength. Need to trim off a few dozen yards on the outside of the spool that is worn? Just splice a fresh section on, full spool good as new!

I agree, 27lbs of drag is a LOT. We might set 50W trolling reels in that range, but not spinners, even Stellas. We may *increase* drag during a fight with a larger than target range fish that needs it, but we are not typically fishing that kind of drag in hand.
thank you so much for the info. so if I was going to spool a saragosa 10K with JB line, what like weight would you suggest? I am targeting blackfin and yellow fin tuna jigging.
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Please post a video of 27# of drag on that reel with an AJ or YFT on the other end. Wear safety glasses and gloves.
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Please post a video of 27# of drag on that reel with an AJ or YFT on the other end. Wear safety glasses and gloves.
Well on my last trip in the Gulf, I had 25 lbs drag on a talica 16ii with 80 lbs depth hunter, and two AJ still buried themselves in the rig and lost then. As soon as hooked I moved to the back of the boat, but still pulled drag. So 27 lbs of drag is possible. Anything over 30, would be too hard without harness.
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That's a whole 'nuther animal...27# Of drag from a Penn 6500 is a science experiment at best.
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That's a whole 'nuther animal...27# Of drag from a Penn 6500 is a science experiment at best.
I guess you are right, 27 lbs of drag from a conventional is not the same than from a spinner.
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Check out dyneema braid on eBay. I found this braid line about 5 years ago and since it was so cheap I thought I would give it a try. Almost all of my reels have dyneema braid now. The 30LB test is about the same diameter as 8# mono.

I've recommended this line to several people and as far as I know everyone that has tried it really liked it. Did I mention it's a fraction of the price of any other braid. The only downer is that it takes awhile to get to you because it comes from China. I now have WAYYY to much of it because I wanted to try different colors and different break strength. If you want to check it out give me an address and I will ship you a spool of it to try. Let me know what color you want and what LB test you want. If I don't have exactly what you want I will ship you something that's close.

http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from...+line&_sacat=0
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A real live no shit measured 27# of drag is best left to a rodholder with a backing plate as you motor away from the rig with said AJ in tow unless you are moonlighting in the NFL. More power to you sir.
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if I was going to spool a saragosa 10K with JB line, what like weight would you suggest?

60lb hollow spectra; if you're jigging I would go with the metered color-coded line so you can get to an exact depth easily. For this I prefer the Tuf-Line Indicator 3-color pattern over JB 10-color pattern. Indicator is more accurate, allows you to get ± 10-feet to your depth, where the JB is ± 30-feet.

Indicator uses a simple red-green-yellow pattern; color changes every ten feet. Color is bright, easy to see (especially at night) and easy to splice. JB Decade uses 10 different colors, each 30-feet long, and many of the colors are dark, not as easy to see and definitely not as easy to splice, especially in the dark colors.
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A real live no shit measured 27# of drag is best left to a rodholder with a backing plate as you motor away from the rig with said AJ in tow unless you are moonlighting in the NFL. More power to you sir.
X2. Brian Shaw could handle 27 pounds but I wouldn't want to without a harness. There are harnesses for spinners though. I don't think the Penn Slammer would hold up very long at those pressures though.
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A real live no shit measured 27# of drag is best left to a rodholder with a backing plate as you motor away from the rig with said AJ in tow unless you are moonlighting in the NFL. More power to you sir.
Who said motor away? I actualy walked away, 140 ft private charter boat.
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