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Old 12-31-2008, 08:35 AM   #1
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Default Braid on Baitcaster (Penn 975)

I have always used mono on my Penn 975 baitcaster reels. I use them mostly for Striped Bass and Bluefish for chunking, casting jigs, etc. and have been thinking about switching to Braid. I have currently only used braid on my wreck fishing setups.

I am looking for some positives and negatives or some suggestions...

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Old 12-31-2008, 09:18 AM   #2
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I use the 975LD coupled too a custom rod exclusivly with powerpro -

Mostly for fluke and blackfish -

I love it for bottom fishing, the sensitivity is great

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I put Jerry Brown 60 pound braid on my LD and I add a top shot on that. Great line for bassin, flukin or tog. The Jerry Brown line is very smooth and has little noise going through the guides.
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Old 12-31-2008, 09:32 AM   #4
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My fishing buddy has 4 975's spooled with 50# PP. He uses them all the time, from flounder to 50# rockfish, no problems after 5+ years...
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Old 12-31-2008, 09:44 AM   #5
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I use nothing but 30# pp on two 965's for steelhead/salmon fishing in the rivers. No problems whatsoever.
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Old 12-31-2008, 09:48 AM   #6
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Did you put a backer of mono or something else on the reels before spooling with braid? 300 yrds of braid doesn't take up as much as 300 yrds of mono...
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Yes - I back it with 50lb test mono -
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Old 12-31-2008, 10:17 AM   #8
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I use some mono backing with a simple uni/uni connection. When the working end of the braid starts getting ratty, I just take the braid off and turn it around and use other end of braid that was buried. It's like spooling up with new line. Never a problem yet. chris
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Default Re: Braid on Baitcaster (Penn 975)

Why bother? You don't need the line capacity for the kind of fish you're targeting. All mono would do fine. I don't see any specific benefits. I use braid on all my rigs, but I'm exclusively fishing for pelagics (tuna, etc.) where line capacity and smallish reels is clearly needed.
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Old 01-04-2009, 12:59 PM   #10
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one thing you can feel anything with braid, sometimes huge advantage espicially jig fishing deeper water. i simply put a strip of electrical tape on bottom of spool and spool it up. I love it for trout and redfish!
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Old 01-04-2009, 01:31 PM   #11
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Dacron line gets the same benefit way cheaper.
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I use braid on everything from small baitcasters to fairly larger conventional and spinning reels. The sensitivity is an advantage for jigging and bait fishing, and the braid lasts for years. I start the spool with a few wraps of mono to keep the braid from slipping, and then use short fluoro or mono leaders when I'm bait fishing. I started using braid many years ago, and you cannot believe the difference.
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A few of the bennifits of solid braid like power pro, JB and the like over Dacron or mono is smaller dia then mono or dacron of the same lb test, this has a few bennifis in itself. #1 you can use heavier line and still cast better then mono or dacron. Braid has little or no memory and last much longer thne mono. #2 When deep fishing with a thinner line you will have less drag on the line going through the water so less weight will be needed to hold a specific depth or bottom. Braid is much more sensitive then mono and with near zero stretch you feel even the lightest of hits. 30 to 50 lb braid is very popular and widely used for inshore fishing like casting, jiging, and bait (live or dead) fishing..
Hell i even use it on some of my heavier freshwater Bass and pike gear.. Its great for yanking bass and toothies out of the reeds and lillies..
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Default Re: Braid on Baitcaster (Penn 975)

Use 50lb on my 975's ,30 lb on the 965's with no issues

Only spool up 150 yards, use mono backing underneath and put enough on to fill spool.

Blackfishing I topshot with 13 or 40 lb mono-approx 10-15 ft
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as mentioned above, the thinner diameter not only increases capacity, but it helps you get deeper with a much lighter jig. I love fishing 20lb power pro with smaller bucktails and leadheads with plastics. You can get a 3/8 oz or 1/2 oz very deep even in a rip if you fish it right. Great when the stripers are on small bait like sand eels.

Just be careful that you don't test the reel too much. Lots of guys strap 50lb or 65 lbs braid on a conventional reel and they can strip out because you forget how much pressure you're putting on the reel when you hang up (I've had this problem with the shimano calcuttas).
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