|Well, if it's an sx, it's a pretty small reel, but as a lever drag you can get plenty of drag. Spectra is a fiber that most braided lines utilize for strength, but now people use it as a synonym for braided super lines in general. Lots of folk are just loading up their reels almost completely with braided these days and fishing a very short top shot when live bait fishing, since the bait swims more freely so you can get bit better. They can handle some pretty big fish...seen guys catch 30 lb yellowtail on them and 40 lb tuna. What lb. test you put on it depends on what you want to fish or. I wouldn't go higher than 50, would probally go 40 or even 30 for a little more capacity and then fish very short 10 ft or less top shot or leaders of the mono or flouro of preference. I agree with other poster, since it's such a small reel, put some flex wrap or tape on the spool first. Sounds like you have a new fun toy! You don't need a line winder to put spectra on that little reel, just spool it on another reel first, then have a friend hold the other rod and spool it with some drag tension...needs to go on tight. You can supposedly get more capacity if you spool on hollow core, which is the izorline, Jerry brown, and a few others, but for 50 lb or less you don't need it...hollow core is mainly for the higher lb. tests like 60 and above and lots of the long rangers like it because it offers more versatility for your topshot connections and you can splice it into itself or other lines. I'd get braided just because you can feel the bites way better than with mono, especially with a short top shot or if you fish a carolina rig with a mono or flouro leader...(try it in the surf or bass fishing and you'll see). Different braided have different diameters...like stren super braid is thicker than power pro, but that daiwa samurai braided is even thinner supposedly ive heard which might matter with that reel.
Also, big level wind cheap reel doesnt sound like a good idea for fishing 60 lb for yellowtail. Sounds like you a re planning to hit baja for some deep water panga dropper loop yellowtail fishing...if thats the case, forget any cheap levelwind...good for maybe rockfish but those deep yellowtail pull really hard and will rock you fast if your drags are not good even with 60. At a minimum, id go with a 4/0 or even a 6/0 Penn senator and forget the levelwind. If you can get a 2 speed workhorse like a tld 30, that would work great too and theyre pretty affordable as a lot of folks are dumping them in favor of the more glamorous newer 2 speeds...that is if thats why u need a big 60 lb yellowtai outfit...otherwise..nevermind..
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