What line to use with wide trackers?

Old 06-30-2020, 09:50 PM
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My tuna set ups have been 80# braid to 50# mono top shot, I’m wondering for my wide trackers should I be running straight braid or do you still want the mono?
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Definitely mono
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130lb Hollowcore to 80lb mono
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50lb is light mono for trolling pelagics.
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yea. 50# is light for trolling pelagics - especially bars with some drag by themselves. in general a mono top shot is a good idea for strait trolling as a “shock absorber”. for me, the trolling question trade off is more or less what reel and its line capacity - leaning to the heavier on the line # test side. I’ll usually go 150 solid to 100’ of 100# top shot for 30s and especially 50s for strait trolling.
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Side trackers are too expensive to fish with line below 80LB test and the can attract large fish too so I would avoid putting out a bar with test under 80.

In the North East we fish a little different than the guys out west on Long Rang boats where they use very short top shots do to fishing tiny live baits. You want to use the braid to gain capacity on your reel and make changing your mono easy and less expensive in the long run. As noted you want that mono as a shock absorber if you use very little mono you will notice you will pull more hooks than other people that is due to the lower shock amount.

When fishing offshore, trolling or chumming for Tuna or Shark I prefer to fish braid and then a full 200 -250 yards of mono, I do at times fish less but I really like having at least 100 yards. I'd prefer to not see the the spectra unless I hook a decent fish. the reason for this is "The Shock" and when trolling or chumming up to 10 lines the braid is harder to untangle and can cut off one of the other rods. At times my way back rods are on the spectra but not a big deal.

A Penn 30 W will hold 1125 yards of 100 LB braid so you can put probably 700 if not 500 yards with 200 yards of 80 LB Mono on the top. I prefer to fish with around 700 yards or more of line, the canyons more like 800 to over 1000. Unless your at a 130 once you get over 1000 I think you should have used heavier line.

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I am trolling wide trackers with 100 mono and 80 braid.
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I use 100lb hollow core with a 100 yd top shot of 80 lb mono on my Talica 25's. Seems to work fine.

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