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Old 09-25-2019, 12:47 PM
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hey all,
I have a US senator wide and I'm trying to figure out how much yards I can get for 80lb mono.
Website only has info for up to 60lbs mono, which is 370 yards.
My guess is it would be around 250~60 yards with 80lbs,
and I know it varies by brands but but does anyone know a close number?

thank you!
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What's the difference between 40lb and 60lb? Maybe subtract difference from 60? Just a thought
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IMO, it's not a good idea to fill to max capacity, especially if inexperienced anglers are using the reel. In "the heat of battle", some folks tend to forget that they have to manually spread the line evenly as they're reeling in a fish. This can cause the line to pile up in the middle and prevent you from reeling further.
I always filled reels to 90%+/- capacity max to try to avoid this.

BTW, you don't state what size reel you have.
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Thanks guys for the input,
It's a Penn US Senator wide (stated above)

I'll be going on Sweet Jody's Deep Drop, which they say depth will be anywhere from 400-800 ft.
I'm assuming they don't allow braided line since it's a party boat. I've read it's not a good idea to use mono for deep drop,
but there's no way I can find out the answer from the office, the lady on the phone does not seem to know any of the specifics,

The biggest reel I have is Penn US Senator Wide, and I'm hoping to use 60-80 mono for the trip and possible get at least
250 yards on the spool if using 80lbs.

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There are a number of line calculators online. I’m too lazy to plug in the numbers.

https://www.pattayafishing.net/fishi...ity-estimator/
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Talking 0.8mm line vs 0.9mm line. Lose about 50 yards.
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400-800 feet, with mono, especially 80#, you will be lucky to feel any bite. And why do you think you need 80. That reel only produces 27# of drag. With 50# line, that's double the amount of drag the reel can hold. Personally I'd load it with 65# braid and a 50' topshot of 50# mono. This is what we fish on the Yankee Capts, also a headboat where we are dropping that deep, even with electrics. . Yes there are tangles, but patience and good mates to untangle them is what it takes
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Thank you so much for the tip!
I've never done deep drop so I was thinking thicker line to be safe.

I will try what you recommended, and hopefully braid with topshot is ok on that boat.
Again, thanks!



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400-800 feet, with mono, especially 80#, you will be lucky to feel any bite. And why do you think you need 80. That reel only produces 27# of drag. With 50# line, that's double the amount of drag the reel can hold. Personally I'd load it with 65# braid and a 50' topshot of 50# mono. This is what we fish on the Yankee Capts, also a headboat where we are dropping that deep, even with electrics. . Yes there are tangles, but patience and good mates to untangle them is what it takes
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Thicker line means more drift in the current or more weight to get down. This is just one of the reason that braid is the line of choice for Deep drop. I loaded my DD reel with 65# braid and 20' or so of 80# mono topshot.

mine is on a electric setup with a senator 9/0. Only used it once but it worked OK.

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If you are talking a 4/0 size reel. Then for mono a 1/4lb spool (no matter what test) will be just about a perfect amount.
And for a 6/0 size reel a 1/2lb spool. That is why those spool sizes were the popular ones shops stocked and sold.

A wide spool or narrow variant of the reels will be slightly different, but not off drastically.
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Originally Posted by bbak11010 View Post
Thanks guys for the input,
It's a Penn US Senator wide (stated above)

I'll be going on Sweet Jody's Deep Drop, which they say depth will be anywhere from 400-800 ft.
I'm assuming they don't allow braided line since it's a party boat. I've read it's not a good idea to use mono for deep drop,
but there's no way I can find out the answer from the office, the lady on the phone does not seem to know any of the specifics,

The biggest reel I have is Penn US Senator Wide, and I'm hoping to use 60-80 mono for the trip and possible get at least
250 yards on the spool if using 80lbs.
why cant you have braid on a head boat?
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I haven't fished on a head boat in years, however ; here's my take on it. Often, lines get tangled when anglers , experienced or not, are fishing along a rail on one or both sides of the boat.
Mates usually do a fantastic job of untangling monofilament lines, preventing having to cut lines and upsetting customers . With braid, once tangled lines are pulled tight, it is next to impossible to untie
said tangles resulting in the need to cut lines , aggravating one or more fishermen.
I used to own a head boat , and I would here such complaints from both crew and clients. Easiest and most accepted solution; "ban the use" of braided line.

This was my experience. Interested in hearing other views' Capt. Billy/Right Stuff

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