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Penn 50 VISW for Yellowfin Tuna/ Big Eye on Stand up. OCMD

Old 05-09-2021, 04:10 AM
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Default Penn 50 VISW for Yellowfin Tuna/ Big Eye on Stand up. OCMD

Okay so I have a crazy amount of cabelas/bass pro shop cards saved up. I was looking at updating some reels for yellowfin and big eye spread.

That being said, I don’t have many options on cabelas/bass pro other then penn internationals visw 50s. How do you guys like them? Any other suggestions? I don’t own any penn reels, just tlds and triagras. Would spool with 80lb mono and pair with some pinnacle stand up Rods.
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While we haven't replaced any of our Penn 50VSW's with 50VISW's yet, and likely won't, we have added 4 30VISW's to our arsenal for our Yellowfin and Big Eye fishing (we have 8 30VSW's + 4 30VISW's) replacing our 50's that we use pretty much exclusively for shark fishing (for sharking we spool our 50's with 500 yards of 130 lb braid plus 300 yards of 80 lb mono.
For Canyon fishing off NY/NJ, we find the 30VSW/VSIW size more comfortable than the 50W's and with 900 yards 100 lb braid under a 150' 80 lb mono topshot we have plenty of line for the under 350 lb fish we see.
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They are great reels IMO.

The diff between a 30 and a 50? I have no idea. I use to denigrate the 30's. The circumference was larger on the 50 T and TW's so the line retrieve was faster on a 50.
To me the older 30 and 50 just didn't feel the same. The revive per crank revolution on the new 30 is 14" and on the 50 its 15". The 30 is 56 ounces and the 50 is 63 ounces. The big Q to me is the gear ratios. Which are different on them. I'd seriously listen to LI32's advice and others who have used both the 30 and 50 VISW..

https://www.anglerscenter.com/reels/...al-visw-reels/


You should consider spooling it with 70-75% hollow core backing and 80lb mono top shot
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We own 9 30Ws and 2 50Ws now. The 30s with 80# braid and an 80# top shot has all the capacity you need for everything but a big blue marlin or big bluefin IMHO. We only use the 50W on the WWB lines when we troll something that far out. We can easily get 25#s of drag out of either. The 30s are easier for everyone to handle and double as our chunk and shark rods as well.
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50W is way over kill for YFT. My standard chunking rods for YFT are international 12 and 16 VISX.
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Originally Posted by popeyeiii View Post
50W is way over kill for YFT. My standard chunking rods for YFT are international 12 and 16 VISX.
Agree about 50 overkill for YFT (and almost everything else I've caught lately). I used to use some 12s just because lighter for people to fish but got manhandled when something oversized took it and ended up losing it.

Since then replaced with 30's a long while back. I think 30 is a good sweet spot in general, esp with braid line capacity.

Come to think of it, should probably sell my 12s, or at least a couple of the nicer ones.
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Originally Posted by popeyeiii View Post
My standard chunking rods for YFT are international 12 and 16 VISX.
We use the similar sized 16 VSX's for our tuna chunking rods - spooled with 80 lb braid under 60' of 60 lb mono.
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Originally Posted by popeyeiii View Post
50W is way over kill for YFT. My standard chunking rods for YFT are international 12 and 16 VISX.
these are for trolling. We chunk tlds.
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Myself personally disagree with 30s out in the canyons. Inside of 50 fathoms & when big bluefin aren't around their great. I have a bunch of em & I've cought a lot of fish with em. But 3 seasons ago we pulled on a bigeye for 3 hours with a 30 it almost spooled us straight down twice. I finally couldn't take it any longer & got stupid & put too much drag & broke it off. Got back trolling & hooked a 600+ blue marlin on a 30 it went deep & stayed deep & 3 hours later we released it. Can 30s catch big fish (yes) but imo it's not the line capacity or the drag its the lack of bigger gears & torque to bring big fish up from the deep. You play around with 30s out in the canyons sooner or later your gonna get your feelings hurt. Just a matter of time.
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In the Bahamas we use 50’s to have a chance at getting them past the sharks waiting under the boat
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I like 50's for trolling bars, big chains etc in the mid-atlantic canyons. I also use 50s and 30s for my wind on ballyhoo rods. For trolling I don't think 50's are overkill at all for YFT especially with the heavier tackle/lures. And if you get lucky enough to get a bigeye bite you'll be happier with the 50's. Now I have been adding some straight 50's and not 50w's to the spread in last year or two. Like the drag capabilities of the 50s, but not as bulky as the 50ws when fighting the fish.

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Originally Posted by DTMASportsman View Post
I like 50's for trolling bars, big chains etc in the mid-atlantic canyons. I also use 50s and 30s for my wind on ballyhoo rods. For trolling I don't think 50's are overkill at all for YFT especially with the heavier tackle/lures. And if you get lucky enough to get a bigeye bite you'll be happier with the 50's. Now I have been adding some straight 50's and not 50w's to the spread in last year or two. Like the drag capabilities of the 50s, but not as bulky as the 50ws when fighting the fish.
I agree with this. I still cary my 30s onboard but they rarely get used east of 50 fathoms. After my bigeye incident 3 seasons ago I bought several more tld50s spooled with 600 yards 130 braid & 150-200 yards 80# mono topshots. I have four 50w's & four 70vis that get used for big bars & www stuff. Cought a blue a few years ago weighed 550 the tld50 handled it no problem.
a reel I've been looking at & I can't remember the reel #s but finnor makes a gold 50 2 speed lever drag reel a buddy of mine has a few & really likes em their around $350.
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I would look at 50Visx. Not sure if bass pro has them, but they have a ton of drag, the line capacity of 50 wides from yesteryear, and they’re narrow. Narrow is good. Easier to level wind the line, and less side to side wobble when the angler gets tired.
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Originally Posted by prestigemid View Post
I would look at 50Visx. Not sure if bass pro has them, but they have a ton of drag, the line capacity of 50 wides from yesteryear, and they’re narrow. Narrow is good. Easier to level wind the line, and less side to side wobble when the angler gets tired.
bass pro unfortunately didn’t have the visx models so I ended up with the 50VISWs. Going to spool up with 80 lb mono.
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Originally Posted by Naturalatte View Post
bass pro unfortunately didn’t have the visx models so I ended up with the 50VISWs. Going to spool up with 80 lb mono.
ya may want to consider braid backing & mono topshots.
The braid is initially expensive but over time easily pays for itself because your only changing the mono topshots instead of completely respooling with mono a few times a season.
And also with the braid your almost doubling your line capacity incase that bigeye or blue marlin decides to eat your bait.
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Originally Posted by Timex View Post
ya may want to consider braid backing & mono topshots.
The braid is initially expensive but over time easily pays for itself because your only changing the mono topshots instead of completely respooling with mono a few times a season.
And also with the braid your almost doubling your line capacity incase that bigeye or blue marlin decides to eat your bait.
What pound test braid to match with the 80# top shot ?
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Originally Posted by Naturalatte View Post
What pound test braid to match with the 80# top shot ?
I put 130 or 150 solid braid 500 to 600 yards then 100 to 200 yards 80# mono. I double the braid with a bimini then uni to uni the mono to the braid this has worked for me for a long time without a failure ever.
ya may also want to consider hollow core braid & splice the mono inside the braid this is becoming more & more popular.

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