Before you buy a 14/0 reel, there is something you need to work out.surfsharker said:what pound line and top shot should i put on a 14/0?
surfsharker said:gundoctor, when you said put 80 braid backing on the 12/0 was you saying put like 100 or 200 yrds of braided line on the 12/0 and then spool the rest of it up with 80 mono?[/QUOTE
I was saying to put 500-750yds of 80# braid on the 12/0 as backing, then fill the rest of the spool with 80# mono. If all you are going to fish is 80# class tackle and think you need as much line as a 14/0 holds. IMHO it won't gain you enough to pay for the braid, but it will work and save a few bucks over buying a 14/0.
14/0 reels are made to fish 130# line and hold enough 130# line to fight big fish. 12/0 reels are made to fish 80# line and hold plenty of 80# mono for anything 80# is going to catch IMHO. I see no benefit to having anymore line than a 12/0 full of 80# mono has, IMHO, if you ain't stopped the fish with 1000-1200yds of line out, you ain't getting that one. I don't care how much line your reel holds. A good case could be made for braid backing on a 10/0, to bring it up to 12/0 capacity. That is the only big reel I can see braid justified on. A 10/0 has the same drag and every thing else a 12/0 has, except with a narrower spool.
What my point was in that first post is, the way 99.9% of the people on this board fish, 80# tackle will put all the pressure on a fish they can put up. Because we all fish with stand up tackle.
How hard you can pull at the harness lugs of your reel don't count, what counts, is how hard you can pull at the rod tip. To get beyond 80# pull(130#class) at the rod tip, for all but a very very few, takes a chair. Without a chair and harnessed to a 6 ft rod, very few can pull a honest 60# at the rod tip. A longer rod drops the rod tip pressure very fast.
If you want your eyes really opened rather quickly, try lifting a 50# weight with your shark rod. Just tie the weight to the line, reel in till the rod tip is against the weight, lock down the drag, then use your belt & harness to lift 50# off the ground. You can hold the spool to keep the drag from slipping if you need to. It sure will feel like a lot more than 50#.
Surfsharker, I've seen or heard of, quite a few 10ft+ sharks landed on a 9/0 with 50#-80# line over the years. I've got a couple of 9/0 loaded with 50# (personally I don't like heavier than 50# on a 9/0) and I think I could handle a 10ft shark very well with either rig. I mostly fish 12/0s because I'm hoping for something bigger myself(2ft between the eyes). If you are wanting heavier tackle, go for it. I just like for a man to know what he is getting into, so he can spend his money wisely. I wish some one had told me what I was getting into a couple of times, before I jumped off into a few of my "bright ideas" that cost me some money and didn't work worth a [email protected]*m*n. LOLsurfsharker said:thanks GD, but just to clarify something im not that new at sharkfishing, just new at using a 12/0. ive got a 9/0 and have caught some 7 1/2 footers but im wanting that illusive 10 footer and thats why im wanting some bigger gear. I have been using your leader setup that you showed me GD, and it works great. I thank everyone who gave me there opinion or advice on sharkfishing.