Max drag on Cabo 80?

Discussion in 'Reels' started by lite-liner, Mar 4, 2007.

  1. lite-liner

    lite-liner troll enforcement Staff Member

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    Hey all. just wondering about this reel for a 50# tuna spinner.
    I was about to buy the Fin-Nor, but after reviewing the line roller
    pics, I'm hesitant. Obviously, I don't have the $$ for a Stella, or this
    wouldn't be an issue.
    On the other hand,I wonder if the line-roller bushings on the Fin-Nor
    are Delrin, like the shaft spacer.
    Input needed!
    tight lines
    -B
     
  2. TeamOso

    TeamOso Senior Member

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    I have a Shimano Spheros 14000, didnt really use it alot on my trip, but for the couple hits that I got it worked, and it casted nicely.


    Kevin

    ps- I think a few guys have experience with some yyft on this reel, hopefully they will add their .02
     

  3. SkeeterRonnie

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    Kevin. that spheros will shell once you get a large one on.. the stock drags are crap..... www.smoothdrags.com . Call and ask Dawn to send you some carbon fiber drags....

    How much do the Cabo 80's run? Think finding a rod to match that amount of drag would become the issue... a custom only???
     
  4. lite-liner

    lite-liner troll enforcement Staff Member

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    Hey Ronnie, the 80's are $209 @ BPS. I figure it'll hold 500y of 50#
    spectra. But I can't find info on drag abilty, or how the line lays on the spool
    line-roller brg or bushing, etc.
    I've heard & seen good things about the Cabo 80, but I need more info to make the right descision. this reel will be for my
    SeaMagic 5.5' 50# spinner
    -B
     
  5. SkeeterRonnie

    SkeeterRonnie Senior Member

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    are you gonna use that much drag on 50# line??
     
  6. lite-liner

    lite-liner troll enforcement Staff Member

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    If it'll button down @ 25#, I'll be happy
    -B
     
  7. SkeeterRonnie

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    well, so much for Quantum's customer service- never even got a confirmation from them that they were checking my request.... thats about all I need to know with them.
     
  8. awesum

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    LiteLiner ......

    I have a Quantum Cabo 80 and found it on the i-net for $197...

    I filled it with just under 300 yards of 65# spectra and then topped it off with about 80 yards of 50# mono. I put it on a Daiwa Saltiga 30-50# rod. The reason for that is I do more AJ fishing in 200' - 300' of water than I do YFT fishing and I felt the 50# mono would get it done without having to get to the braid.

    I haven't used it yet but in toying with it outside I have put some serious pressure on it checking my knots, etc., and it really seems sturdy.

    My Quantum Cabo 60 has been a favorite of mine for a couple of years and when a poster that went on TBB 06 said he caught several 70# class YFT on a Cabo 80 on that trip I was sold.

    I called Quantum and they told me they don't test the big spinners for maximum drag. They were quite helpful to me on several issues.

    I also have a Spheros 14000 with the same line setup that I've never had a chance to use but I think it's everything Ronnie says it is.

    Hope this helps.


    Bobby
     
  9. newman

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    Hey Guys, I fished the Cabo 80 on the TBB 06' trip and it was a very nice reel. The drag was set at 15lbs but on the first 65lb YFT I tightened it up because this fish thought he was bigger than he really was. After the second YFT I checked the drag and it was pulling 20lbs and there was still some more there. I plan to add this reel to my arsenal this year.
     
  10. SkeeterRonnie

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    the spheros is crap without the drag upgrade...... that is the key to bringing it to life.
     
  11. sachin2021

    sachin2021 Junior member

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    I have a cabo 80 on order and have been using a Cabo 60 with 65lb Tuf Line XP for popper fishing here in Fiji.
    The reel (and angler) have landed numerous Giant Trevally to 45 pounds and the reel has not missed a beat.
    For those who have fished for GTs you will know what sort of drag is required to stop a 45 lb GT from writing you off in the coral.
    I unscrewed the sideplate after using it for 18 months and found not even a hint of salt in the gears or any hint of corriosion inside or outide the reel.
    All it gets after a trip is a fresh water washdown and a spray of WD40.
    Thoroughly recommend them.
    And my other reel is a Stella 20000
     
  12. Spinning Reel

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    Some guys who went to Maldive Islands for GT fishing told me that the only Cabo 60 that was there got a jerky drag at high settings.

    What is your experience?

    I caught a 50lbs YFT on a slightly upgraded Okuma Salina 80 and I only used a third of the drag, the reel performed flawlessly. Sorry for the O/T.
     
  13. ALW

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    We will be throwing poppers with a Cabo 80 next few days. Will report back on how it does. The drag is quite smooth when we checked it at 22 lbs. See how it does on the yellow fin.
     
  14. awesum

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    We will be throwing poppers with a Cabo 80 next few days. Will report back on how it does. The drag is quite smooth when we checked it at 22 lbs. See how it does on the yellow fin.

    How did it do? I still haven't had a chance to break mine in and won't for a couple more months.

    Regarding the issue of a jerky drag ...My Cabo 60 has 30# mono on it......one of those that breaks at a much higher test. While I have caught AJ and Kings in the 30's, BFT in the high 20's and Red Snapper in the low 20's I have never experienced a jerky drag.

    There are those that will still say the reel has never seriously been tested because I haven'y used it for YFT but I have had some serious drag on it.:rolleyes:
     
  15. ALW

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    The Cabo 80 has a smooth drag. We have used it on two tuna trips with great success. Put 65 lb JB on it. The Cabo 60 may work fine too. I don't know how much drag you get with it. I don't see any need for a Stella if you have one of these.
     
  16. Ragman

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    The Cabo 80 has a smooth drag. We have used it on two tuna trips with great success. Put 65 lb JB on it. The Cabo 60 may work fine too. I don't know how much drag you get with it. I don't see any need for a Stella if you have one of these.

    Hey ALW!

    Please tell us the details on the two tuna trips with the C80.

    How many BFT's, YFT's, and reef fish? Weight, length of fight etc.

    Thanks as I know a lot of others are interested in first-hand field info!
     
  17. sachin2021

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    Some guys who went to Maldive Islands for GT fishing told me that the only Cabo 60 that was there got a jerky drag at high settings.

    What is your experience?

    I caught a 50lbs YFT on a slightly upgraded Okuma Salina 80 and I only used a third of the drag, the reel performed flawlessly. Sorry for the O/T.

    I would imagine that the drag may have been assembled incorrectly if it had been stripped for servicing.
    Also would check to see if the line roller was turning freely. I have heard that the Cabo does need a regular dose of grease on this item.
    To be honest the only reels I have had a sticky drag on are the baitrunners but once the standard felt drags are upgraded to carbontex or smoothies this is not an issue.
     
  18. ALW

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    we had a Cabo 80 prototype last fall on the TBB 06 trip and caught YF on poppers. Bought one and used it last week. Set the drag at 21 lbs and was smooth at that setting. Caught quite a few BF Tuna and 1 YF tuna. The fight was short and no trouble bringing the fish to the gaf. The YF was 30-40 lbs the BF were 10-15 lbs. Some jigging was done with OTI 450 gm jigs using that reel. BF tuna most every drop. Don't have any more details since my son was fishing with that reel.
     
  19. Spinning Reel

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    For those who have fished for GTs you will know what sort of drag is required to stop a 45 lb GT from writing you off in the coral.
    Mmm.. must not be the same as to keep a 120lb GT from the corals :D :D :D
    [​IMG]

    This is an Italian guy who fished it in Tanzania, the reel was a Stella 20.000 if I am not wrong.