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Thoughts on trolling with braid.

Old 07-01-2019, 04:16 AM
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Default Thoughts on trolling with braid.

I'm looking at changing a few trolling setups, but have never used braid trolling. Thinking about spooling up with braid and a mono topshot. Anyone have any recommendation, or experience with this?
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Old 07-01-2019, 04:20 AM
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i spool up with hollow core so knot is flawless, and then 200 yrd top shot,
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Old 07-01-2019, 05:32 AM
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I use 65 or 80 pound braid on my trolling reels. Gets deeper, allows for a better hookset as it doesn’t stretch and it gives you tons of line capacity.
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Old 07-01-2019, 05:34 AM
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This is what I do with my reels. Usually braid then 100-150 yard topshot. Bigger reels may go half and half. It's expensive up front, but the braid is good for a few years in most cases so you only have to replace the topshot.
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No offense but completely vague question.

What size reels?
Fish targeted?

I think those are the two biggest factors.
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Old 07-01-2019, 06:13 AM
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Tiagra 30. Sailfish, Wahoo, Dolphin, etc.
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Tiagra 30. Sailfish, Wahoo, Dolphin, etc.
For a 30w I would run 80# hollowcore spectra with maybe a 100yd topshot. For the topshot i would run 80. I have to look at my book with my specs but I think I got almost 500 yds of 80# HC with a 100yd 80# mono topshot on my 30w's. I like to serve my topshot into my spectra but you could use a loop to loop windon.

We fish a little different here in the NE. We get a lot of big bruiser bigeye. To be very honest, you'll be even slightly overkill with that combo for what you're targeting.
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Old 07-03-2019, 12:35 AM
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#65 braid to 100' of #40 mono. I use FG knot to make the connection. You want some mono for sure, you will want some stretch to help hold tension when fish jumps etc, I also think it helps if you get slammed by a big fish while trolling, a little stretch might save hook pool. So even if you only add 30-50' put some mono on. The 6' leader is not enough IMHO.

Another thing I like is when dropping the lines back, When I see the knot heading out, I know that the lure is back 100' and I use that as a base line for how much further to drop it back. Not all lures are seen splashing on the surface.

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Running 600yds of 80 solid core and 100yds of mono top on Avet 30W. Have 1 with 600yds of 130 and a 250# 25' wind on for bluefin and a 50 with 1200 or 1300 of 80 for deep dropping that has a 100' of 130 key lime and a 25' windon 5' bite leader for swords in an igfa setting.
Braid doesn't degrade from sun or water. If you buy hollow core when it fuzzs up from use you can cut it back and splice in new braid to replace it because the bottom of the spool is hardly ever used and still good. I use solid because of the cost difference on 30's on 50's and up not in a specialty role I use hollow core and figure for 100 yd topshots so 50's will get 600-750yds 130/100# HC 80's get 750yds 200 or 1200 of 130. Plus a top shot of 80# to 200# mono depending on the application When you go this route your rod should be matched to the amount of drag/line class you are using. A 30 with 80# test fishing with 18-30# of drag is best served with a 30-80# class stick. be it a chair rod or stand up rod. same for a 50 fishing with 100-130# fishing 25-40# of drag a 50-100 or 60-130 blank is best suited for that task
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Old 07-03-2019, 05:11 AM
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Tiagra 30. Sailfish, Wahoo, Dolphin, etc.
Get lighter gear and 20lb mono. Change often. No need to complicate things.
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Originally Posted by hamma job View Post
Get lighter gear and 20lb mono. Change often. No need to complicate things.
Unless he's in an area with big wahoo. It can be done but a wahoo over 50 pounds on 20 pound mono is no fun.

For a Tiagra 30, I'd go 65 braid with a 100-200 yd topshot of 50 pound mono. That's a good setup for general pelagic trolling and gives you plenty of capacity if you hook into a monster.
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Originally Posted by flfJack View Post
I use 65 or 80 pound braid on my trolling reels. Gets deeper, allows for a better hookset as it doesn’t stretch and it gives you tons of line capacity.
I agree with this guy. Especially line capacity, I back mine with mono about a third of the spool and then the braid and still have enough on there to reach Virginia. The only drawback is if trolling multiple lines and they get tangled you better have some scissors.
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I agree with this guy. Especially line capacity, I back mine with mono about a third of the spool and then the braid and still have enough on there to reach Virginia. The only drawback is if trolling multiple lines and they get tangled you better have some scissors.
Why we don't use braid for trolling.A bad tangle's a nightmare.
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Old 07-08-2019, 03:16 PM
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Why we don't use braid for trolling.A bad tangle's a nightmare.

With a 100 to 200 yard topshot, you don't get into the braid very often unless its a really good fish.
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Old 07-08-2019, 03:22 PM
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Most of our bigger gear (30W+) is 400-700 yds of 80# braid and top shot of mono... Typically 50# as that gear is used for HST wahoo most often..our mahi/sail outfits are all 30# mono tlds 20&25s no need for anything heavier..early in phin season we will bring a few bigger Hoo setups and they do double duty in the spread depending on where we are and etc....
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I have a bunch of 30s all filled with 600yds 80# power pro & a 100yard top shot of 60-80# mono conected via a uni to uni with the braid doubled via a bimini iv cought bluefin to 175 & an estimated 500# blue marlin and 20 years worth of mahi yft & whites with em. I love my 30s. I will add that I fish from smaller & more maneuverable boats. and lastly I do not like braid in my rigger release clips not that iv ever had it chafe in a clip but I think it could
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Originally Posted by Timex View Post
I have a bunch of 30s all filled with 600yds 80# power pro & a 100yard top shot of 60-80# mono conected via a uni to uni with the braid doubled via a bimini iv cought bluefin to 175 & an estimated 500# blue marlin and 20 years worth of mahi yft & whites with em. I love my 30s. I will add that I fish from smaller & more maneuverable boats. and lastly I do not like braid in my rigger release clips not that iv ever had it chafe in a clip but I think it could
I think chafing is not as much of an issue as getting caught in a crevice or looped up in wind.
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I have always over killed with the lbs bc you never know when a monster is going to come to the party. Plus I always think that a nicked 80lb mono will hold up better than a nicked lighter mono.Having that said, 100lb Jerry brown hollow spliced to 80lb momoi. Probably giving up 50yds of line but I can run down big fish if we are getting close to spooling.
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