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Question

Is the 8000 too big for stripers?

I am going to be getting one of these reels for surf fishing with a 10 ft rod and i was wondering if the 8000 is too big for stripers and if it is what size should i get.
asked 1 year, 7 months ago
by
anthony2
 - MA
on PENN® Fierce™ Saltwater Spinning Reels
7 answers
Answers
answer 1
The 8000 is about what I use for barracudas and muttonfish. Stripers also grow big. The 8000 should be perfect for using larger lures and surfcasting
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answered 1 month, 3 weeks ago
by
catfishrudd
 - Washington DC
answer 2
no
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answered 3 months, 1 week ago
by
jman3336
 - Illinois
answer 3
No it's a little big and bulky for its size the reel does the job all depends what ur using it for throwing bait or plugs ?my best thing u want somthing that going to handle the weight of the bait lead and fish as well best I'd 7000 and or the 8000
answered 6 months ago
by
Coder
 - Philadelphia pa
answer 4
for the surf and intercoastal waters this is the reel i use with a 10ft rod i personally chose this size because as im sure you know in the intercoastal and surf you never know what you might end up hooking up with
answered 1 year ago
by
hb89
 - hubert, nc
answer 5
I use the 8000 for shark, but if you get into some big stripers, you will be glad you have the 8000, although the only difference between the 7000 & 8000 is spool size. I like the extra line capacity for the heavier line that I use saltwater fishing, so if you were going with lighter line then you may want to consider a smaller spool size of the 6000 or 7000. Either way they are some good reels.
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
by
CSX283
 - Barnwell, SC
answer 6
I have had a 120 pound tarpon on my 8000 penn fierce and it almost spooled me with 30lb mono. I think that a 5000-7000 would be a good size for stripers.
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
by
fudge
 - Navarre
answer 7
Go big or go home - If your using mono then you want the big reel for line capacity. Especially if your using anything over 20lb test. If you plan on using braid you can get away with a smaller reel which will be more lightweight.
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
by
aj86
 - key west, fl
Question

Is the Penn Model FRC6000 a good choice for flounder fishing?

Im shopping for my boyfriend a new spinning reel for mainly flounder fishing. Can some please give me advice is this is a good choice or if you recommend another before i spend the $$$.
asked 3 years, 4 months ago
by
Catherine27
on PENN® Fierce™ Saltwater Spinning Reels
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
yes it will do fine for flounder just make sure you get power pro braided line(15lb) on it so it dosnt snap and a 30lb leader line. hope he likes it!
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
by
bigtimeflats
answer 2
I would go for the 4000. The 6000 is a little big for flounders.
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
by
DonaldW
 - Tampa, Fl
answer 3
I would go with the 4000 and have bass pro spool it with 12lb test. That would be perfect for flounder fishing. It would be good for just about any other inshore fishing too.
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
by
BackyardHunter
 - Crestview, Florida
answer 4
Use one of the 2 lighter ones
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
by
Texfishes
 - S. Texas
answer 5
good choice in reel, but the 6000 might be to big. I use 3000 and 4000 for flonder, sea trout and red fish.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
by
megha
 - lake city, fl
answer 6
PENN BTL 5000 I work offshore as a cook and catch Snapper, Flounder and Mangrove all the time on the 4000 so the 5000 is a plus. Definately
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
by
CYoung
 - Fourchon Louisiana
Question

Would 150yds of 50lb power pro be enough for the 4000 model?

asked 1 year, 1 month ago
by
Landon1112
on PENN® Fierce™ Saltwater Spinning Reels
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
go lighter on the braid and get 300 yards of spiderwire instead
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answered 1 month, 3 weeks ago
by
catfishrudd
 - Washington DC
answer 2
no, but you could buy 150yds and use a mono/fluro backing
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answered 5 months, 3 weeks ago
by
jman3336
 - Illinois
answer 3
50 lb braid = 20 lb test of mono if u want u can get more braid on your spool I'd would go to 40 lb braid witch is equal to 10 lb test . If unwant when spooling it put on 15 20 lbs of mono for backing just enough to cover the neck of the spool so line won't slip
answered 6 months ago
by
Coder
 - Philadelphia pa
answer 4
i would go with a larger model personally i have the 8000 and can get 450 65lb braid... for 50lb i would at least go with the 6000
answered 1 year ago
by
hb89
 - hubert, nc
answer 5
50lb is a bit overkill for this you could get away with 30lb and put about 200 yards on there
answered 1 year ago
by
froggysquasher
 - charlotte, nc
answer 6
It does hold 205 yds of 30 braid, so if you mean the PowerPro braided, 150 yds of 50# braided would be close.
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answered 1 year, 1 month ago
by
BPSResource10
 - Springfield, MO
Question

Is electrical tape fine to use as a backing on this reel for braid?

asked 1 year, 1 month ago
by
Landon1112
on PENN® Fierce™ Saltwater Spinning Reels
6 answers
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answer 1
it is okay, but i suggest using mono or fluro. the tape will leave adhesive on the spool.
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answered 5 months, 3 weeks ago
by
jman3336
 - Illinois
answer 2
No I wouldn't use it your line will still slid on the main spool I hade that experience before u would have to twist the line on the spool to make it tight .. Best result put on 15 to 20 lb mon I'd put on a few yards just to cover up the neck then tie your brain on to the mono best thing when spooling bait put it in a bucket of water help with the line when packing it on and have a little pressure when spooling it on done want the Baird to be loose on the spool
answered 6 months ago
by
Coder
 - Philadelphia pa
answer 3
I used a few wraps of mono then spliced on the spectra but if that's a big concern spend a few more bucks and get the Penn battle it has a built in grip for the braid
answered 9 months ago
by
skyznolimit
 - so cal,california
answer 4
should not need it... but i do not see why not though i have never tried that concept... but its a good one now that you mention it
answered 1 year ago
by
hb89
 - hubert, nc
answer 5
i have two of these and didnt need a backing at all for the braid.
answered 1 year ago
by
froggysquasher
 - charlotte, nc
answer 6
Spool on some monofilament before the braid and tie them together like a leader.
answered 1 year ago
by
Javelinfisher
 - Hot springs, AR
Question

Best size for sharks?

5-8 ft sharks
asked 1 year ago
by
INfish1
on PENN® Fierce™ Saltwater Spinning Reels
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
8000, but for sharks, I would reccomend the diawa df100a
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answered 1 month, 3 weeks ago
by
catfishrudd
 - Washington DC
answer 2
6000 or 8000, Need more info for a more accurate determination.
answered 5 months ago
by
creepingdoom
 - NJ
answer 3
get a penn spin fisher 10500 instead
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answered 5 months, 3 weeks ago
by
jman3336
 - Illinois
answer 4
At Least the 6000.
answered 8 months ago
by
BigMikeYoungFromIL
 - Monmouth, IL
answer 5
The 8000 I have mine with 80 spectra power pro and a 60 pound leader of mono
answered 9 months ago
by
skyznolimit
 - so cal,california
answer 6
go with the 8000 hands down... will hold 450 yrds of 65 lb braid that is what i have mine spooled with and it works great, mine is set up for shark fishing as well the only down side is only 25 lbs of drag for the reel but you will easily spend about 150-200 more for a reel with higher drag... its the best reel out there for the money
answered 1 year ago
by
hb89
 - hubert, nc
Question

Braid vs Mono

should i use 15lb mono or 20lb braid? Im planning on getting the 4000 and its for inshore fishing nothing bigger than 20lbs
asked 8 months ago
by
mattw58
on PENN® Fierce™ Saltwater Spinning Reels
6 answers
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answer 1
4000 is a great reel, but you can't plan on what will bite it. go with the 5000 and 30 lb braid
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answered 1 month, 3 weeks ago
by
catfishrudd
 - Washington DC
answer 2
I am particular to using 17lb mono for inshore fishing. I use a shimano 4000 and have no issues with anything I have caught. The largest fish I caught inshore is a 32lb ray. Utilize your drag, save money and go with mono. The 15lb should be fine.
answered 5 months ago
by
creepingdoom
 - NJ
answer 3
braid braid braid braid braid braid braid braid braid!!!!!!!!!
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answered 5 months, 3 weeks ago
by
jman3336
 - Illinois
answer 4
If your going with braid I'd go with 30 to 40 lbs u can go to 20 lbs as well if u want to . Remember braid is different from. Mono 20 = about 6 or 8 lbs mono 30 and 40 lb braid is close to about 10 to 15 lb mono . If you go low braid wich is more thinner u will deal with a lot of line twists and line knows when cast either into wind or light lures as well
answered 6 months ago
by
Coder
 - Philadelphia pa
answer 5
20lb Braid for sure, more line capacity and stronger line.
answered 7 months ago
by
saltlife17
 - Jacksonville FL
answer 6
20 lb braid over the 15# mono for this reel.
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answered 8 months ago
by
BPSResource10
 - Springfield, MO
Question

what rod would go good with this for big striped bass and bluefish?

asked 1 year, 3 months ago
by
Liam150
on PENN® Fierce™ Saltwater Spinning Reels
5 answers
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answer 1
it depends on the size of fish, when in doubt, go with the 6000
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answered 1 month, 3 weeks ago
by
catfishrudd
 - Washington DC
answer 2
Shakespeare Ugly Stik Big Water 15'. Go with something of a better quality.
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answered 5 months, 1 week ago
by
jman3336
 - Illinois
answer 3
All depends what series ur using I' use a 5000 series on a 7 and 8 ft rod I'd go 6000 for Maybe 8 as well depending on the action of the rod if ur on surf or boat 6000 I have on 9ft rod wich they all work great for bass n blues
answered 6 months ago
by
Coder
 - Philadelphia pa
answer 4
I have 2 6000's on Ugly Stix 7' MH. the Catfish version is a great trolling rod, The Tiger version throws better. All are bulletproof and will handle most any large game fish
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answered 1 year, 1 month ago
by
kucobra
 - Nashville,TN
answer 5
I use mine with the Diawa Beefstick for shark. That's a very sturdy rod for the money. We have all our reels exept one paired with the beefstick rod. You will be well pleased with the beefstick!
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
by
CSX283
 - Barnwell, SC
Question

will 20lb test line work on this frc6000 reel

or will it cause me problems ?
I am useing it to chum with a Spod..
Thanks
asked 3 years, 7 months ago
by
Carpman2007
on PENN® Fierce™ Saltwater Spinning Reels
4 answers
Answers
answer 1
It will work just fine! I bought one recently and put twenty lb test on it for surf fishing, and it works great and casts a mile! lol! You will not be disappointed!
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
by
Gibzon
 - Coastal Carolina
answer 2
I would use 14 pound Cajun Advantage for that. 20 is a lot.
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
by
DonaldW
 - Tampa, Fl
answer 3
Really depends on what your trying to catch. Its not so much the line but the drag that the reel can handle if you set the drag all the way down and the fish is still taking line you could be using coathanger for line and wouldnt matter. Check the max rating for the lbs on the reel and minus about 3-4 lbs for what your target is this will give you a range for your max so you can get reel the fish in.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
by
CYoung
 - Fourchon Louisiana
answer 4
i fish carp to... u can chum with it... it can even be used as your main line... it free spools really good..... use braid if u have to follow the guidlines of your real ... and even if u dont ... if its just for chumming ... it really dosent matter.. its not constant cast and reel.... its a reel worth having ... id say do it
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
by
justfishingjustin
 - canada quebec
Question

would this do fro bass or is it overkill

asked 2 years, 5 months ago
by
BrimBuster
 - bama
on PENN® Fierce™ Saltwater Spinning Reels
4 answers
Answers
answer 1
Get the 3000 or 4000 and you can't go wrong. Use either 10 lb Stren MagnaThin or 30 Power Pro braid and a 6.5-7ft medium rod.
answered 8 months ago
by
BigMikeYoungFromIL
 - Monmouth, IL
answer 2
I use the frc3000 on my frog setup for freshwater bass and it works great, a little heavy but I have muscles and I don't mind. I will probably end up getting the frc2000 for finesse fishing.
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
by
silvia180sxboy
 - Milwaukee, WI
answer 3
i dont think its an over kill...just buy a small series.
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
by
hatemore
 - Bonita Springs, FL
answer 4
No, the smaller models would work great! not the 6000 though it is a little beefy! the 4000 would work great for bass!
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
by
Gibzon
 - Coastal Carolina
Question

Which reel size with 10' Ugly Stick for surf/pier fishing?

Need to know which reel size you all would recommend to pair with a 10' Ugly Stick Big Water for mostly surf fishing and a little pier fishing. Thinking 6000 - 7000. Thanks.
asked 2 years, 3 months ago
by
HasBen
 - GA
on PENN® Fierce™ Saltwater Spinning Reels
4 answers
Answers
answer 1
I would go with 5000 to 6000 series .7000 to 8000 get more big and bulky all depends what ur fishing from surf or peir as well and if ur throwing plugs or light weight bait as well .
answered 6 months ago
by
Coder
 - Philadelphia pa
answer 2
I use the 8000 for shark and pair it with 300yrds of 40lb p-line. The surf is pretty brutal and you never know what you are going hook onto so you want to have plenty of line.
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
by
CSX283
 - Barnwell, SC
answer 3
6000 would be sufficient. use braid though to maximize line capacity. extra line is never a bad thing
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answered 2 years, 3 months ago
by
jhsdfgsf
 - Texas
answer 4
5000 would be enough but I would get the 6000 just to be safe
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
by
CapeCodFisherman
 - Wareham, Ma
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