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Fishing season is coming up and i'm starting to re spool my spinning rods. I've never used braided line on a spinning set up and i'm thinking about trying it this year. I do't venture offshore and i'm usually throwing poppers, plugs, tins and bucktails for striped bass or blues.
What are the pros and cons to using braid?
Is one more suited for targeting specific fish?
Which type of braided line should i use?
Is the fused line like fireline better for spinning setups?
I'll take all the info and opinions i can get. Thanks
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RE: braided vs mono on spinning reel
I use braided line on all my spinners. Some is 20 lb, and so is 30 lb.I prefer the 30 as it is easier to handle. The braid can rub yourfinger raw depending on how you rub your finger across the line whencasting. It normally is not a problem, but I had it happen once ortwice when it is cold. They make finger covers if the chafing becomes aproblem.
The braid is tremendously more sensitive - you can feel the lure'saction and when it bounces across the bottom much better than mono (no comparison the difference is so pronounced). You can even feel fish looking at or smelling your bait or lure (well, almost ).
I have used Power Pro, Tuf Line, and Sufix and I will try the Daiwa soon (a couple of free spoolings). I Far, Far prefer the Sufix.
The braid will last much longer than the mono, will cast farther, and will stay straighter (no stretch, less belly in the line).
You owe it to yourself to try a couple of reels with braid. You probably won't go back to mono.
All my spinning reels are spooled with braid, mostly power pro.
With my conventional rigs I use mono, except the bottom rigs.
What I like most about braid is the high strength to diameter ratio and what I like least is that braid and bare hands don't like each other...
Spool a couple of reels with braid and try them out, yes it's more expensive, but it will last a lot longer. Good luck!
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All my Spheros 4000 reels have 15# PowerPro..........benefits - longer cast - more line capacity - more sensitive - no stretch......
The key to using any braid on a spinning reel is to always manually hand close the bail to prevent wind knots..........
Use a lighter drag - Braid works on all fish........... Great with topwaters, poppers, metal, plugs, bucktails & plain hooks
Try not to mix mono ( it sinks ) & braid ( floats ) in your trolling spread - to prevent a nightmare of tangles..........
Surffish, inshore troll, deep jigging & bottom fishing using PowerPro........
Now only have 5 trolling rods setup with 20# mono & 1 surf rod..........everything else has braid..........ICM
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What brand and model spinning reels are they? Not all reels are desgined the same and the winding mechanisms on some reels are not "Braid Friendly'and are better suited for mono. In those reels the worm gear and rotor wind the reel in a manner that will cause the braid to bind into itself. In addition the design of the spool is not optimal for braid and results in more wind knots.
In particular, Daiwa Black Gold and Penn SS series reels are better used with mono. Using braid on the newer reels from Daiwa, like the Team Daiwas, Certates, SS is perfect. The Penn Slammers and Liveliners are fine with braid as well. Shimano's Stradics, Symetres, Spheros and up the line handle braided line without problems. Not sure about the Shimano Baitrunner -- I don't have one, but my friends that do, spool theirs with mono.
I use mono on my spinning reels better and easier casting, less cutting on fingers. I use powerpro for my conventional reels for bottom fishing-smaller diamter means less weight neeeded and easier to hit bottom
As you can tell from the posts- it becomes a metter of preference.
One thing for sure, if you have kids fishing with you, tangles in braid are much more difficult to remove and they happen easier than mono
Since super lines came out ive been using them... i think spider wire came out about 8-10 years ago. i really like it for trolling i can monitor everything that the baits are doing far easier than with mono. especially when the baits dive under the water, you can see the wiggle of the lure on the rod tip and as soon as the wiggle changes you know your have a piece of weed on it, or its tapping bottom, etc. even with 200 feet of line out you can notice the slightest change. wtih mono its so much harder to see this, and now when i fish on friends boat that has all mono on the reels its frustrating because i cant notice as many small details that im used to seeing. i also dont have to put out as much line to reach a certain depth. i only use a shock leader when trolling for certain species like salmon because they shake their heads a lot .
casting braid just remember to manually close the bail, also if you use really , really , light lures you will get more problems with braid on reels because its not packing tight on the reel again when you cast it out and reel it in. when using heavier jigs , cranks, or anything that will help put slight pressure on the line while you reel it in the line will pack on the spool again tight, making it easier to cast again without problems and when a fish hits there will be no "bite" into the line on the spool.
I still have a few rods with mono, but i usually let people i bring on the boat that are not very experienced fishermen or women use them so minimize the problems above. anyone who fishes regularly will pick up how to use braid right away and will prob never go back to mono.
but thats just my opinion, everyone has personal prefrences, and braid is mine. good luck!
I fish braid onjust about all of my setups now. I have a spare spool or 2 for some of my spinners and maybe 2 conventionals with Mono just in case I feel like using them, but all of my other outfits (30 or so) are now braid or braid/topshot (longer then the 3-4' I use on ALL braided outfits).