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Pcfisher66 08-29-2019 06:00 PM

At what depth do you think fluoro is unnecessary
I was fishing this past weekend in 275' of water and catching scamp using 80lb fluoro leader, but I was also getting broke, off I could see scrape marks from rocks on my broken leaders. I was wondering with the condition of the water right now in the Gulf which are not really clean added to fact that I'm fishing close to 300', do I really need to use fluoro when I bump up my leaders to 100lb. Unfortunately the only thing that seems not to break off are sharks.:bashhh: I do switch out my leaders if there is any damage on them, I pre make bags of them.

truculenity 08-30-2019 03:14 AM

Step up to 130# mono and if no bites switch to flouro and then scale down from there.
300' is starting to get dim, like evening lighting, shouldn't require flouro. You also may need to step up your mainline to keep fish away from rocks before you need the leader to protect from serious chaffing

Pcfisher66 08-30-2019 06:04 AM

I've never had my main line break, it's 65lb braid. I'll pick up some 130lb also. Still want my bait to be able to swim, will 130 allow that?

cronced 08-30-2019 06:59 AM

I only use fluoro when fishing dock lights for snook at night. Everything else gets ande pink mono and I continue to catch fish.

Grunts N Grits 08-31-2019 06:38 AM

For anything at 150ft and deeper, 100lb pink mono for leader.

Any of the mono made in Germany or Portugal is good. (before I hear bashing keep in mind we are discussing using for leader)

Color preference in order pink, camo, clear.

Fluoro also catches fish but is unnecessary added expense at these depths. At least from my many years of observing.

Rigginuts 08-31-2019 01:02 PM

I never use Fluorocarbon and I catch just as many fish as anyone else.

Pcfisher66 08-31-2019 02:37 PM

I'll pick up a spool a Ande pink and try, all it can do is save me some money.

Tossedabout 08-31-2019 06:28 PM

Originally Posted by Pcfisher66 (Post 12886125)
I'll pick up a spool a Ande pink and try, all it can do is save me some money.

I also have high confidence in Anderson pink. Toughest line ever and almost seems to attract fish. I couldn’t tell you why!

Bullshipper 09-01-2019 04:24 PM

The main selling point of flouro is that it a LOT more abrasion and stretch resistant than mono.

If you are getting scraped it is probably because you need more drag for the strike to keep these lure and leader out of the rokks.

You can save money using mono, but the increase umber of lost jigs and lost bites using mono is more costly, imo.

Buy flouro in 100yd to 1700 yd spools with your friends, much much cheaper.

tayfunmeric 09-05-2019 10:52 PM

I have a hate and love relationship w fluoro lines. I use it all the time with chunking setups as long leaders. It is harder then mono, difficult to make a knot and a little noisier then mono.
i crimp them for chunking bft. My friends used mono and caught also a lot of fish. They use grey mono. That is 100’ below + -

When jigging I use exclusively fluoro wind ons. Mostly till 200 ‘.
sabiki rigs are fluoro rigs same depths jigging.

deep drop clear or grey mono and trolling leaders good quality mono in grey jinkai.

I think they are ok till 100’, optional for 300’ and not necessary for deeper or trolling.

Re-Bait 09-06-2019 05:24 AM

At any depth...BUT I use it 'just in case' !!

Pcfisher66 09-06-2019 06:42 AM

I'm going out tomorrow so I can do some side by side comparison with my son.

Pcfisher66 09-08-2019 03:58 PM

Well at least for red snapper it didn't matter, also a couple of scamp. My son caught a ton of snapper using 100lb mono. We were deep dropping earlier and still in 280ft of water my son was cheating and using electric.

WPBTH 09-10-2019 11:36 AM


Ironworker 09-11-2019 03:15 PM

I'm a big fan of 100# Ande pink mono.

Bullshipper 09-11-2019 06:27 PM

If you are fishing for tunaor california yellowtail in clear water, flouro does make a difference. Live baiting yft with 50 lb braid and 17 lb flouro is a great way to get fish to bite and I have gone down to 1/2 lb test leaders fishing for lunker trout where a lot of fishing pressure makes them wiser.

DroppinLoads 09-11-2019 09:19 PM

For bottom fishing, I'm a clear mono guy. Catch just as many fish as the fluorocarbon cultists. Tried all varieties for years but always come back to mono.

Abel 09-12-2019 05:06 AM

I think is depends on the species as well. I've watched halibut in 20' of clear water grab a bait that is rigged on white 550 cord.

lazyboi1212 09-12-2019 07:04 AM

Depends on the species. I used to rarely catch Mangs' until I had a buddy on the boat. He didn't use a swivel and used fluoro instead of Mono. He caught Mangs all day and I got blanked.

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