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Old 02-14-2011, 08:27 AM
Captain Crispy
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Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Richmond & Va Beach
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I ordered my BTL 8000 on a Saturday or Sunday, and received it on the following Wednesday.

I am going to put backing on the reel because 90% of my use will be of the leader and the top 100-150 yards of the braid. I intend to use it to cast large baits and/or lures to sharks, cobia, king mackerel, and hopefully some dolphin and tuna. This reel will hold 390 yards of 80 lb braid; no sense in paying to spool it up completely with braid when only the top 100 feet or so will be used when casting.

80 lb mono is so thick, though, that I have decided to spool it with 50lb mono backing, then 300 yds of 50 lb braid, then a 65-80 lb leader.
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