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Old 06-07-2019, 07:43 AM
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I have purchased a couple of new Daiwa 4000 series inshore reels, two inshore Daiwa baitcasting reels, and a Penn 3000 size spinning reel. Do y’all have any suggestions/recommendations for what brand and pound braid you are using with respect each size and/or type reel? They will be used for reds and trout, and the Penn as well as the baitcasters will be used for bass fishing as well. Thanks in advance for any input.
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Old 06-07-2019, 08:11 AM
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10-15 pound braid for inshore fishing. I typically stick with 15. I’ve never used anything but PowerPro or Spiderwire, but I’m sure there are others who prefer other brands. You’ll want a 20-30 pound leader as well. I prefer fluorocarbon over monofilament, and there are many good brands.
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Old 06-07-2019, 09:12 AM
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Originally Posted by BigBlueNation View Post
I have purchased a couple of new Daiwa 4000 series inshore reels, two inshore Daiwa baitcasting reels, and a Penn 3000 size spinning reel. Do y’all have any suggestions/recommendations for what brand and pound braid you are using with respect each size and/or type reel? They will be used for reds and trout, and the Penn as well as the baitcasters will be used for bass fishing as well. Thanks in advance for any input.
Suffix 832 or PP Slick 8 in 20#-30# with a 20#-17#, 3' mono or floro leader tied uni-uni. Have 832 20# on client rods going on third year and still slinging fish in the boat.
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Old 06-07-2019, 09:18 AM
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Sufix 832 like the poster above. Nice and smooth


i find power pro and spider are just too rough for all day casting
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Old 06-07-2019, 09:23 AM
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PowerPro or Super slick, 20#
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Old 06-07-2019, 09:47 AM
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Originally Posted by Kenner 23 View Post
Suffix 832 or PP Slick 8 in 20#-30# with a 20#-17#, 3' mono or floro leader tied uni-uni. Have 832 20# on client rods going on third year and still slinging fish in the boat.
I’ve had great luck with Sufix
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Old 06-07-2019, 09:49 AM
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Another vote for Sufix, no more than 20#
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Old 06-07-2019, 10:56 AM
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Any specific recommendations for the baitcasters.
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Old 06-07-2019, 10:59 AM
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Any specific recommendations for the baitcasters.
i have 30# PP on my bait casters. could go lighter but braid, bait casters and backlashes with old eyes...
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Old 06-07-2019, 11:42 AM
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I use daiwa jbraid x8 or x4 on my bait casters, 30lb usually. X4 when I want abrasion resistance, x8 for smoothness, suffix 832 is good but isn't worth the premium over jbraid to me. Power pro has never impressed me.
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Old 06-07-2019, 11:47 AM
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15 lb test FINS is my favorite for inshore spinning; 30 lb test whatever Dyeema for casting.
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Old 06-08-2019, 03:01 AM
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I've been using 15 lb Daiwa J-braid. I'm no expert but I've been impressed with it.
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Old 06-08-2019, 04:13 AM
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20lb. Fireline. I've used it for over 30 yrs. Never had a problem with it.
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Old 06-08-2019, 10:39 AM
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Fireline has been my go to for 20 years on my 40 series and smaller reels, bass walleye pike, etc. 14 or 20#, casts good and takes a palomar very well. It's stiffer then power pro in that rating, easy to thread, FG knot to flouro leaders, good stuff.
My big Sturgeon rods get power pro 80 or 100#.
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Old 06-08-2019, 10:50 AM
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If you can find a redfish or trout I can't whip with 10lb braid I'd like to try and catch it. I'm not too much of a brand loyalist but regular oldschool Powerpro 10lb bought from a reputable retailer (there are tons of counterfeits out there) has never steered me wrong. I like Suffix 832 also.
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I really like the suffix 832 but power pro super slick is fine too. going to try the new berkley 9 carrier soon
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Old 06-10-2019, 03:53 PM
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Another for Sufix 832.
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Old 06-10-2019, 06:57 PM
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Originally Posted by Jim311 View Post
If you can find a redfish or trout I can't whip with 10lb braid I'd like to try and catch it. I'm not too much of a brand loyalist but regular oldschool Powerpro 10lb bought from a reputable retailer (there are tons of counterfeits out there) has never steered me wrong. I like Suffix 832 also.
No question about that but the diameter of 10# doesn’t lend itself to laying back on the spool without digging in which is braids draw back. PP is also not round and the reason for the slick 8 strand braid making it lay better on the spool.
i only use bait casters and have moved from 20# to 30# and noticed zero loss of casting distance but improved durability.
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Old 06-11-2019, 08:52 AM
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I go with 20 pound braid for my inshore stuff because there are no fences in the ocean and you never know what will show up. And I go with hercules because it is just as good as the pricey stuff and is not, well, pricey.

Same thing with my baitcasters, but that's more because of backlashes and yanking bass out of weeds and heavy cover.
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You didn't say which model reels you got so I'm guessing here..... diawa bg 4000 puts out 18lbs of drag, penn battle II 3000 puts out 15lbs of drag, your baitcasters probably put out around 10lbs of drag.

I would go with 20lb braid. You could go with 10lb but you can't put as much heat on fish compared to 20lb. For trout, reds, and bass you probably will never use more than 4-5lbs of drag ever so it's not much of an issue and you will likely never break 10lb.... but if you hook a jack or bull red near structure and need to turn them quick 20 would let you crank the drag up significantly without worrying about breaking him off. Plus you get a little more abrasion resistance.

I use momoi diamond braid braid on almost every reel I own, and as much as I hate powerpro (mainly larger sizes), I've been happy with the 20lb powerpro on my small spinners. They put out 12lbs of drag and I lock the drag as tight as it will go when fishing for bonitas and the 20lb PP doesn't break when using an FG.

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