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smithstation
10-10-2005, 08:14 AM
I put a 6500 on a 7ft. ugly stick. I spooled it up with power pro 80# and it only held 125 yards :-/. Is that reel big enough and is that enough line ??? I also have a 320 with 40# maxima I used in Alaska but it is a little big. What ya think? Thanks!

tankgrunt
10-10-2005, 09:02 AM
That setup will be a lot of fun if you're into a bunch of shaker sturgeon. A big one will fry your drag, and there's not even close to enough line.

Bassassin
10-10-2005, 09:59 AM
I have a 6500 that smells like a fire pit. ;D A big sturgeon puts a hurting on a 6500. You would be better served with one of the Abu Big Game series or something like a Penn GTI 310, IMO.

smithstation
10-10-2005, 12:12 PM
I guess I will make the penn 320 my main dino reel. It has plenty of line and should be big enough. I just like the feel and size of the 6500, it fits the pole real nice. :'(

fishkiller
10-10-2005, 04:34 PM
8)Smithstation the penn 310 and 320 are the most common used reels for dinos loaded with 30 pound maxima or your favorite line I like Pline floresant yellow great for day or night fishing. 8)

krzyfshrmn
10-10-2005, 04:37 PM
Stick with the 320 ;)

SturgeonVirgin
10-10-2005, 06:05 PM
I put a 6500 on a 7ft. ugly stick. I spooled it up with power pro 80# and it only held 125 yards :-/. Is that reel big enough and is that enough line ??? I also have a 320 with 40# maxima I used in Alaska but it is a little big. What ya think? Thanks!


Take a look at the pics of the fish from the MBall fleet report dateed 10/9. No too many 6500's could handle that kind of size... ;) 8)

JasonB
10-10-2005, 06:28 PM
I dont no about you but I like a challenge I've caught quite a few keeper sturgeon on my "5600" Its all about how bad you want to keep your catch . ;D Odds are you will lose a few on your 6500 but you will have a good time fighting them . 8)

MSzychulda
10-10-2005, 07:18 PM
You can upgrade the drag to 4 Penn HT-100 carbon fiber disks with drag grease to keep the disks cooled down. i converted my two 6501's, my dad's 5601 and my buddies 4601. We use these for Salmon, but with the new drag disks we can play som big fish. My buddy caught a 33 lb striper, and it fried his stock drag on the 4601.
Be prepared to follow the fish though! We had two 30 lb salmon on tonight and chased them a 1/4 mile down river. Any more than 5 lbs of drag on these reels will break the gears or bend the frame.

smithstation
10-11-2005, 07:22 AM
Thanks everyone! Now I know. 320 dinos and 6500 stripers. I am ready to go all I need is a day off work ;D

fishguts
10-13-2005, 01:13 PM
Good choice in reels. But don't freak out, I've used the 6500 many, many times on many sturgeon, you just gotta be patient and willing to drop your anchor and go for a ride once in a while. I also use the 320 and the ole' Penn 209 which are by far my favorites. I use 30lb line. on the 320 and 209 and 25 on the 6500.