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Old 05-12-2015, 12:45 AM   #1
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I'm looking to possibly respool my 6/0 with heavier braid. I just upgraded the drag and can no far surpass the line that is currently on it. Right now it has 600 yards of Suffix 85lb braid that is spliced at the 300 yard mark. I know. Not good.

I was looking for something in the 120-150lb class. I see that there are several companies out there now that I am unfamiliar with. I have powerpro on about 90% of my rods and Suffix on this one. Do any of you guys have any experience with KastKing, EPoseidon, of any of the other off brands. Is all of this stuff rolled out of the same factory with different stickers on the box, of are these off brands some chinese crap? I ask because they are significantly cheaper than the PP.

PS, I'm not on the coast, so I cant go into a tackle store and get it done from a large master spool. I'm gonna have to order it.
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Old 05-12-2015, 12:51 AM   #2
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What is the upgraded drag rated to? If the line rates at 80lbs, chances are it will break at far beyond the rated strength. For example, I've done a lot of knot tests in the shop and have been able to produce break strengths of nearly twice the rated tensile strength of some braids. If your reel has a drag capability of say 50lbs (I don't see it likely even with upgraded washers) I'd still say 80lb braid is fine but if you want to go up, I'd only move a size or two with 100-130 being fine and not getting too thick and suffering higher drag in the water and less capacity.
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Drag is rated at 45+

I have 600 yards of 85 now and the spool is only about half full.
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Like Chris said I'd go no heavier than 100 lb. You'll be hard pressed to find anything that's gonna part that 80 lb that you could land on that setup anyway.IMO

Edit: Didn't realize you were shark fishing with it. Figured you were bottom fishing. Shark fishing isn't my area of expertise.
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You probably have Sufix 832 in the 80 lb., because they have never offered it in 85. Just saying!

I've tried about a half a dozen of the off brands from eBay. Never had any issues with any of them as far as breaking strength & abrasion resistance go. The only "problem" is that they use cheap dyes that fade quickly & that they're thicker than stated, but if you wanna save a few (actually a lot) of bucks, then they are definitely worth trying.
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You probably have Sufix 832 in the 80 lb., because they have never offered it in 85. Just saying!
You are correct. I just went and looked at the packaging. It is 80lb. I spooled it two years ago, so I was a little rusty on what it was.
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I'm using KastKing this year. So far it's been great. Like someone else said though, it's a little bit thicker and fades quick. Neither of which matter to me, so I'll keep using it. Hard to beat $45 for 1000+ yards.


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To answer one of your questions if the label has spectra on it, it all rolls out of the same honeywell factory. If it has Dyneema on it, it all rolls out of the japanese factory. The raw material is sent to The western Company for braiding.
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