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Old 12-01-2019, 02:26 PM
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Caught this spotted bass yesterday, on my home lake..Clark Hill on the GA/SC border...on two pound test...took a few minutes to land it...I started getting dizzy after a couple of minutes, then realized I was holding my breath ! My dog Jubal photo-bombed the picture. Fish tacos tonight...cheers yall
Old 12-01-2019, 02:43 PM
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I have a old stratic 1000 with 4lb test I use every once in a while, I throw unweighted flukes for trout and reds
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Been using ultra light for about 40 years . 2lb test was hard to find and when you could it was almost always Stren and the knot strength SUCKED . Maybe 20 , probably more like 15 or so Leland Lures changed the game with their S.O.S lines in 2 , 4 , and 6lb. diameters . I have no idea what the actual breaking strength is but it is well above the diameter rating . I have caught multiple 10+ lb cats and Northerns up to around 15 lb on the 2 and 4 sizes while crappie fishing . Crappy pic from some years back , and not the biggest caught but a nice one on the 2 lb diameter .



Some Walmarts stock it . Soft , limp , thin and casts great . When the Weakfish run here in CT I use the 6lb diameter . Link to Leland...
https://troutmagnet.com/catalogsearc...t/?q=+Sos+line

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Originally Posted by andrewjaxFL View Post
I have a old stratic 1000 with 4lb test I use every once in a while, I throw unweighted flukes for trout and reds
I was comparing the flesh of spotted bass to speckled trout yesterday...bass is good, but not as good as trout to me. Salt water just does something different to seafood, and it's a good thing...
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Originally Posted by Unga Bunga View Post
Been using ultra light for about 40 years . 2lb test was hard to find and when you could it was almost always Stren and the knot strength SUCKED . Maybe 20 , probably more like 15 or so Leland Lures changed the game with their S.O.S lines in 2 , 4 , and 6lb. diameters . I have no idea what the actual breaking strength is but it is well above the diameter rating . I have caught multiple 10+ lb cats and Northerns up to around 15 lb on the 2 and 4 sizes while crappie fishing . Crappy pic from some years back , and not the biggest caught but a nice one on the 2 lb diameter .



Some Walmarts stock it . Soft , limp , thin and casts great . When the Weakfish run here in CT I use the 6lb diameter . Link to Leland...
https://troutmagnet.com/catalogsearc...t/?q=+Sos+line
Sweet Jesus....that's a beauty. I used trilene for years, when I could find XT for sale. I found it interesting that you posted " 2 pound diameter". The old 2 lb trilene xt had paperwork in the box that mentioned an IGFA breaking strength of something close to 4 pounds. Now I have 8 pound braid on one rod, and the manufacturer says it's the diameter of 1 pound monofilament. That's technology for you.
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We regularly fish offshore with 2, 3 and 4kg (4, 6, 8lb) test line. And those are actual breaking strengths as we fish to IGFA rules, not some nominal strength braid that actually breaks twice as high.
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Originally Posted by andosan View Post
We regularly fish offshore with 2, 3 and 4kg (4, 6, 8lb) test line. And those are actual breaking strengths as we fish to IGFA rules, not some nominal strength braid that actually breaks twice as high.
Would love to see pics of what you catch , and a bit on how it all unfolds once the fish is hooked .
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Originally Posted by andosan View Post
We regularly fish offshore with 2, 3 and 4kg (4, 6, 8lb) test line. And those are actual breaking strengths as we fish to IGFA rules, not some nominal strength braid that actually breaks twice as high.
Judging by your use of kilograms, instead of pounds, I'll assume you are fishing in.... Australia...just a guess.
Like unga bunga, I would enjoy more information. Reels especially, as that tiny little line probably won't work in a Penn 80 wide, and some idea of what you have landed with the small stuff...


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Most if not all the club's in the south Florida area have a 4 pound division. This was an artificial division, no bait allowed. My best fish was a 47# blacktip shark, solo. I've also caught redfish on 2#. Since moving out of the area, I still use my 4#rod occasionally. Beach snook are a blast on it.
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Yep I'm in Australia!

Ultralight tackle game fishing is a real challenge. You have to be right on your game with knots, gear preparation, drag settings etc.

Typical rigs would be a double in the mainline tied with a plait, connected to a wind on leader of about 5x mainline strength with a snap swivel. Final leader depends a bit on species and location but typically 50-60lbs. For reels we use small overheads like Talicas down to about 4kg, but below that we mostly use high quality spinning reels. The spinning reels offer a little more finesse and the ability to palm the spool to apply extra drag when required. I've got a set of Shimano Rareniums for our light tackle setups.

This is very much a patience game. When you've only got maybe 2lbs of drag to work with you have to take your time. Also you need a good driver to manoeuvre on the fish - a lot of it is done in open water where it's less critical, but when fishing around structure it's vital. You have to be prepared for a lot of bust offs; ultralight mono under tension will pop at the slightest touch from anything - even another fish in the school.

And as you will note from the images, the ladies tend to be better light tackle anglers than the guys!!

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6kg mahi on 3kg line.

7kg skipjack tuna on 3kg.

5.5kg Australian salmon on 4kg.

12kg mulloway (one of the drum family) on 4kg.

Other notable captures by members of our club include a 14kg amberjack on 6kg, 5.8kg Australian salmon on 1kg.
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Great work, andosan, and good information ! I use spinning reels for the lightest lines also. Will have to research the reel you mentioned when I get in front of a real computer.

Thanks to all that posted...
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I’m mostly a salt guy but I do spend a lot of time trout fishing fresh water.
I have used nothing but 2# for years. Have landed many very decent largemouth,smallmouth, a 7+ Lb Atlantic salmon and countless big trout.(4-5lb)
on 2# test.
I also landed a15lb bluefish In salt on 2#(that was interesting) I got a certificate from the state for that,not a record but noteworthy.I broke off a few before finally landing that one.

And I remember when stren was the only 2 pound you could find, And the damn stuff was fluorescent blue ! killing the whole point of using a line as light as 2 in the first place.
I think I still have a spool of that crap in the cellar
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Originally Posted by north coast View Post
I’m mostly a salt guy but I do spend a lot of time trout fishing fresh water.
I have used nothing but 2# for years. Have landed many very decent largemouth,smallmouth, a 7+ Lb Atlantic salmon and countless big trout.(4-5lb)
on 2# test.
I also landed a15lb bluefish In salt on 2#(that was interesting) I got a certificate from the state for that,not a record but noteworthy.I broke off a few before finally landing that one.

And I remember when stren was the only 2 pound you could find, And the damn stuff was fluorescent blue ! killing the whole point of using a line as light as 2 in the first place.
I think I still have a spool of that crap in the cellar
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A blue that size is an accomplishment , had to be hooked in the lip just right like a pike or a bowfin . The toothy ones are tough !

Tried finding a pic of a big Bowfin on the 2lb diameter , no luck . Did find a pic of a bruiser Crappie though...


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Originally Posted by north coast View Post
I’m mostly a salt guy but I do spend a lot of time trout fishing fresh water.
I have used nothing but 2# for years. Have landed many very decent largemouth,smallmouth, a 7+ Lb Atlantic salmon and countless big trout.(4-5lb)
on 2# test.
I also landed a15lb bluefish In salt on 2#(that was interesting) I got a certificate from the state for that,not a record but noteworthy.I broke off a few before finally landing that one.

And I remember when stren was the only 2 pound you could find, And the damn stuff was fluorescent blue ! killing the whole point of using a line as light as 2 in the first place.
I think I still have a spool of that crap in the cellar
I imagine that 15 pound blue took a few yards of line off the spool !
There were years when we had to " order" 2 pound test... through the mail, years ago... because no one stocked it locally. Still hard to find locally.
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Originally Posted by Unga Bunga View Post
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A blue that size is an accomplishment , had to be hooked in the lip just right like a pike or a bowfin . The toothy ones are tough !

Tried finding a pic of a big Bowfin on the 2lb diameter , no luck . Did find a pic of a bruiser Crappie though...

Pretty fish, unga...break out the fillet knife, and the hot oil...
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6# test is pretty strong. Used 4# a lot on the flats growing up. No leader, just a hook, and a live bait. Way more hookups, and breakoffs as well. Fun was when the spanish macks and bluefish were just inside the pass on the flats - they'd run hard. Most breakoffs were right at the boat before we could net them when they'd shake hard one last time and snap the line as there was no give.
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I once caught a 6 pound bass on 2lb test on a cane pole while I was fishing for crappie.
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Yep. Ultralight for small and largemouth bass, crappie, other panfish. Even moved to Tankara fly fishing for them and some trout.
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I regularly fish 4lb mono with a 10lb flouro leader on a Stradic 1000 & 5' St. Croix ultralight rod in the surf. I primarily cast marabou jigs, 1/8 oz kastmasters, and various unweighted soft plastics for Bonefish, Bar Jacks, Horse Eye Jacks, Cero Mackerel, Blue Runners and occasionally small Snook... tons of fun.
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I have a very light spinning rod with Daiwa Back Bay 3000 reel spooled with 12lb Spectra braid. I use it for jigging mostly. I have caught 4-5 lb black sea bass in 120 feet of water using a 1/2 oz epoxy jig and also small cod up to 15lbs with that outfit. The ultra thin line does not have much drag and the light jig will hold bottom even with some current. Way more fun than cranking them up with 40lb line and the small jigs seem more effective at finding bigger fish. Also caught dolphin up to 10-12 lbs casting near lobster pots offshore with that outfit. One of the best tackle purchases I have made.
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