What is the difference between line capacity and line weight for fishing?

I’m thinking about getting this combo the 7’0 H model and will this model handle a 20+ ls fish and a 30lb braided line?

http://www.dickssportinggoods.com/product/index.jsp?productId=12705589&lmdn=Power&cp=4406646.4413993.4414792.15843976.4414834

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2 thoughts on “What is the difference between line capacity and line weight for fishing?

  1. i think what they say is a suggested weight, because i reeled in a 40lb halibut on a 10lb mooching rod reel and line, i mean i did handle it like a pro, but it ultimately depends on what you are fishing for

  2. Line capacity- Manufactures suggestion on how much of a particular diameter line can be loaded on a reel, (and hold plenty for most fishing applications).

    Line weight- Tells what size line the manufacturer suggests should be used on a particular rod.

    Yes, that outfit can handle 20-45LB fish with no real issues. When you get into 80-100 LB (PLUS) fish (on a continuos basis) you’d probably want a Conventional reel.

    Also, that reel/rod combo is a “low middle” grade combo that isn’t really designed for years of major offshore abuse. If you plan to do a lot of fishing (for big fish) and you want something that will be reliable for many years to come, you’ll need to upgrade to a better reel- http://www.basspro.com/FinNor-Offshore-Spinning-Reels/product/89192/

    – Shimano Spheros- http://www.basspro.com/Shimano-Spheros-Offshore-Spinning-Reels/product/103536/

    Yes, you can use 30LB Braid. But, I’d suggest you go up to (at least) 50LB Braid. Why?

    50 LB Braid has the diameter of 12 LB Mono. It will cost you (at least) $60-$75 to fill a large Offshore reel with 12 LB diameter Braid. ( The reel takes 350 Yards of 25LB Mono) You will need to “back” the reel with many yards of Mono to save money- probably close to 60-75 yards of 20-25LB (Mono) line. You will need (at least) 200-250 yards of Braid for any Offshore fishing excursions, (depending on what you’ll be fishing for and at what depth).

    If you’re not familiar with how to tie different sized lines together OR how to back a reel, I SUGGEST you have someone do it for you at a local tackle shop (or where you buy your combo). Braid can get expensive- if you tie a half-@ssed knot connecting your backing to mainline and it comes untied you’ll lose your braid. And that’s like throwing money away…..

    If I were you, I’d scrap the Penn Fierce combo (with $70 worth of Braid) concept and get a GOOD reel with 20-25LB Mono. Why???

    Having a GOOD reel for offshore fishing is vital to success. Having Braid isn’t “vital”- but extremely nice. Having a $150 rod isn’t “vital”- but extremely nice. A cheap Ugly Stik Rod can suffice until you get a better rod.

    Understand- A decent reel can last a lifetime- a cheaper reel will not. AND, will fail at the most inopportune moment! Would you buy a Yugo and expect it to last any length of time??

    Think about it…..

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