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bodger

Fishing Line.

Its frying in the shop here today, but while I'm sitting, I'm going to put some new line on a reel ready for a spinning expedition this evening.

The thought of standing on the rocks fishing for bass, pollock or mackerel is a good one to see me through what will be a boring day.

Now down to line, what breaking strain should I put on ? I was thinking of around 12lb. The other thing, is that a an old timer I've never used braided line and always stuck to monofilament.  What are peoples views on braid and would it be worth the extra expense ?
BarryK

Advantages of braid:

1. Approximately 4 times stronger than Mono of the same diameter.

2. No stretch - good for detecting bites and sticking the 'ook in fish at long range.

3. The fine diameter means that in a fast flowing river, or swift tide, you can get away with using much less weight to hold bottom

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Disadvantages of Braid:

1. Tangles quite easily and can be very difficult to untangle.

2. The lack of stretch can mean that a big fish, at close range can break the line, or tear the hooks out, quite easily.

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Conclusions:

Use a braid that is about twice the Breaking strain of the Mono you would normally use.

For shore fishing, at close range, use an abrasion resistant mono leader of at least twice the length of the rod and about the same breaking strain as the braid.

If Beach casting the mono leader should be the same length and at least 10lb bs per 1 ounce of lead - i.e. with a 5 ounce lead, use a leader of 50lbs bs. If you are cabaple of casting 100 yards plus, go up to a 60 or 80lb leader

For boat fishing, use a very long mono leader of 30 to 60 feet (depending on depth - this will still allow the use of about half the normal amount of lead to hold bottom, and the mono will also have about 10% stretch which should prevent hook pulls and break offs.

For Lure fishing for Pike I usually use 50lb spectra braid, with a short (12 to 18") 40 or 50lb bs titanium wire trace.

IMO The best Braid is Power Pro - there are others as good but I prefer Power Pro for it's consistency.

Some of the cheap braids are very good and some are rubbish, Penn is a cheap braid thats quite reliable (not as good as PowerPro tho'!)

Avoid the very thin braids, like Whiplash, like the plague - and always look for briad that has an almost round profine and avoid those that are of a flat profile.

Hope that helps Bodge, I'm sure that are things that I've missed but Gareth will probably be along soon................



Barry
bodger

Oh No !  
He'd better hurry up because I'm off to the tackle shop within the hour.
Gareth

PowerPro Braid all the way for me

50lb B.S. on my lure set ups; both baitcaster and spinning.

80 & 100lb B.S. on my Jerkbaiting set ups.

30lb B.S. on my live/deadbaiting set up.

15lb B.S. on my float fishing and general ledgering coarse fishing set ups.


Infact the only set up I have without braid is a reel that I use for pier fishing, and that it not the usual type of set up either; an Australian made Alvey bait reel loaded with 300 metres of 30lb B.S. ABU mono.
Gareth

Bodger mate,

If you have purchased some braid, then you will need to learn a handful of new knots ...... don't worry they are really simple to learn, and easy to remember.

Here are a few links to some animated knots;  

The Palamor Knot; for tying on hooks, swivels, rings, lures, etc:

http://www.animatedknots.com/palo...amp;Website=www.animatedknots.com

and the Uni Knot;

http://www.animatedknots.com/unik...amp;Website=www.animatedknots.com

For joining Mono line to braided line:

The Allbright knot;

http://www.animatedknots.com/albr...amp;Website=www.animatedknots.com


The Surgeons loop;

http://www.animatedknots.com/surg...amp;Website=www.animatedknots.com
kaz

Too late - he's gone fishing (and I don't know what he bought )
Pennyroyal

No Fish.

Well with all that talk of what to load your reel with just let me say after a day like I have had I would just have a cold beer and stay at home. Yes I had a Blank day.
bodger

Gareth wrote:
Bodger mate,

If you have purchased some braid, then you will need to learn a handful of new knots ...... don't worry they are really simple to learn, and easy to remember.

Here are a few links to some animated knots;  

The Palamor Knot; for tying on hooks, swivels, rings, lures, etc:

http://www.animatedknots.com/palo...amp;Website=www.animatedknots.com

and the Uni Knot;

http://www.animatedknots.com/unik...amp;Website=www.animatedknots.com

For joining Mono line to braided line:

The Allbright knot;

http://www.animatedknots.com/albr...amp;Website=www.animatedknots.com


The Surgeons loop;

http://www.animatedknots.com/surg...amp;Website=www.animatedknots.com


Yeah but you're forgetting that I am simple.    

Penny I've just got back, I too have had an almost fruitless session. I caught a launce and a pollock that was a reject from the sardine factory, but to top it all, on the way back to the car, a can of coke that was in my bag decided to leak.  The worst of it, was that it took me 20 seconds to realise that it wasn't raining.
Gareth

Have you bought any braid fishing line yet?

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