I am interested in putting together a setup to catch some king kong sized sharks, pretty much always from the beach but also from a boat for big Boca Grande hammers at least every other year. I would also like this to be able to be used for the occasional goliath grouper outing when I am in Florida. What I am thinking is this:
Avet EX 80W (two speed, not T-RX)
750 yards of 200 pound JB hollow core and 250 yards of 200 pound mono
Custom 5'7"-5'9" blank through rod (planning on a 60-100 or 80-130 solid glass Rainshadow blank)
My main two concerns are the rod and the line. First, what guides should I go with on the rod? I don't know if full rollers are beneficial or not, especially on the beach - but I will probably need at least a roller tip for goliath grouper. Second, should I worry about cut-offs with braid in Florida? I will mostly be fishing in Sarasota, with trips to Boca Grande, the Keys, and perhaps a few other good LBSF spots within about an hour of Sarasota. I won't be making longer drops than 200-250 yards but if I hook into that once-in-a-lifetime hammer, I don't want to lose it because my line hits a reef or something.
Also - what is the potential size shark that can be brought in with an 80w? Could it handle a hammerhead over 12 feet, or would a 130 be necessary? I will ONLY be using the 80w when I get ahold of big baits. I will be fishing a pair of Avet LX's with 500 yards of 60 pound JB hollow core and 100 yards of 40 pound mono for the majority of sharks I hook into, say anything under 8 feet.
Thanks and tight lines,