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Old 06-11-2014, 06:03 PM
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I just striped all the wire and heavy mono off two 4/0's and both had "backing" on the spool. At least that's what I think it is. Now for the questions.

1. Do I still need to use backing on these 4/0's?

2. Do I need to put backing on smaller bottom reels, like my "jigmasters" or smaller bottom penn's?

3. Do I need to put backing on my larger spining rods.
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Old 06-11-2014, 06:16 PM
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Why use backing on smaller reels or spinners? Maybe if you're using braid and don't want to fill the reels with it, it would be worthwhile. A small amount of mono on the spool will keep braid from slipping. Definitely want mono or Dacron backing under wire. Are you using braid on the smaller reels?
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Old 06-11-2014, 06:58 PM
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No braid on any reels, all mono. I am going to spool both 4/0 with either 60 - 80 lb mono. Do I need to place backing on those reels?

Spinners no, correct?
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No braid on any reels, all mono. I am going to spool both 4/0 with either 60 - 80 lb mono. Do I need to place backing on those reels?

Spinners no, correct?
If all mono, there's no need for any backing. Just use the correct knot to tie to the spools and you're good to go. Same for spinners. Always used all mono on 4/0's until I switched to braid.
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I use Dacron on all my bottom fishing reels - my Fluke reels have about 1/2 a spool of 30 lb Dacron plus 150 yards of 12 lb mono. The mono gets replaced 2x per season; on my Sea Bass/Porgy reels, they have about 75% 30 lb Dacron plus 150 yards (small spool) of 20 lb braid.
I like the backing for two reasons: it cuts down the amount of fishing line needed by at least 50% and once I have the right amount of backing it makes the fished line refills so much easier.
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