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Old 06-03-2019, 05:00 PM
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Default Line Recommendation Striper/Blues

Re-Spooling my Striper/Blue live bait combos this week and looking for line recommendations.

Conventional combos: Penn Fathom 30LD / Ugly Stik Tiger 20-50 Conventional

Spinning Combos: Daiwa BG 5000 / Ugly Stik Toger 20-50 Spinning

Always used Mono to a flouro or mono leader. Thinking of switching to braid but wanted to get some opinions.

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Old 06-04-2019, 04:26 AM
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No need to overthink line choice for stripers. 30lb powerpro and forget it. If you’re worried about structure or stretch tie uni to uni and spool on 25 yards of 30lb mono.
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Old 06-04-2019, 04:29 AM
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Thank you!
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Old 06-04-2019, 04:33 AM
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Forgot to mention, if using a “windon” still use a swivel connection to fluoro. I can’t speak for where you are but here in Virginia I get twice as many runs on 25lb fluoro then the equivalent mono.
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Old 06-04-2019, 05:08 AM
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Would you recommend a wind on or longer top shot of mono?
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Old 06-04-2019, 06:45 AM
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30 pound braid Then fg knot to 20-30 pound flouro leader is what I run on all my spinning setups.
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Old 06-04-2019, 06:52 AM
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30# braid, call it a day.

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Old 06-04-2019, 10:06 AM
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Originally Posted by 32regulator View Post
30 pound braid Then fg knot to 20-30 pound flouro leader is what I run on all my spinning setups.
Do you run the same on your conventional setups?
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Old 06-04-2019, 10:24 AM
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I'm running 20-30 lb power pro green as well, but if I don't use a steel leader the blues cut through my set up.
How do you guys manage without the leader?
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Originally Posted by FreddyNJ View Post
I'm running 20-30 lb power pro green as well, but if I don't use a steel leader the blues cut through my set up.
How do you guys manage without the leader?
1) keep the bait constantly moving.
2) anticipate the strike and set hook as soon as the blue eats.
3) if there are no bass just blues in the area just use a small trace of piano wire.
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Itll take a lot of 30lb to spool a BG5000. Would you put a mono backing on it?
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Originally Posted by WATRS View Post
Itll take a lot of 30lb to spool a BG5000. Would you put a mono backing on it?
no just straight 30lb braid, it’ll last forever and when it starts to fade cut the faded part off and you practically have a new almost full spool of line.
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Originally Posted by Striper Chaser View Post

1) keep the bait constantly moving.
2) anticipate the strike and set hook as soon as the blue eats.
3) if there are no bass just blues in the area just use a small trace of piano wire.
Thank you Chaser!
I am trolling, so it's always on the move. And just blues around me right now in the bays. I was cleanly cut several times before the leaders were added.
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Originally Posted by FreddyNJ View Post
Thank you Chaser!
I am trolling, so it's always on the move. And just blues around me right now in the bays. I was cleanly cut several times before the leaders were added.
if you use a swivel they will sometimes attack the bubble trail it creates and cut you off
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Originally Posted by 32regulator View Post


if you use a swivel they will sometimes attack the bubble trail it creates and cut you off
Wow! I did not know that....thank you for the heads up
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20-30# braid. Any particular reason for such big reels?
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Originally Posted by WATRS View Post
Itll take a lot of 30lb to spool a BG5000. Would you put a mono backing on it?
Go with 50 or 65# especially on conventionals to fill the spool easier, then top shot with 30’ of whatever mono or floro you want. Bimini or spider hitch with improved Albright knot connection.
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Old 06-05-2019, 09:53 AM
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30lb braid to a swivel with 6ft of 30lb floro. Throw a fishfinder slide with small lead of you need to get deep. Easy peasy and fun with lighter tackle. I use 4000 spinning reels and Avet Sx on 12-20lb rods.
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I spool with 15lb power pro on my 3000 series combos and 20lb or 30lb power pro on my 4000 series combos. No need for heavier for stripers or blues
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Old 06-05-2019, 06:55 PM
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Personally a fan of #50 Braid as it makes for taking the knots out just a little easier than #30, but #30 will do work on them
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