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Old 03-09-2004, 08:33 PM
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I would like to know what the group would suggest for LINE for a Penn 555-- Live baiting for Kings in N.C.
Would like to go with a Low Visual - KIngs are leader shy ---line in say 25Lb test !! Suggestions?
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Old 03-09-2004, 09:05 PM
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I like to use Sufix superior or Sufix DNA Both very nice for slow trolling or free lining. The Sufix Tritainium is good for bottom fishing and is very abrasion resistant and it is harder to tie knots in.
Most of the time I will use 17-20lb in the spring and 20- 30lb in the fall when the bigger fish are in.
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Old 03-09-2004, 09:19 PM
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Replies will be all over the map on this one. I'm currently using 20# Momoi smoke blue on most of my reels, and sufix on a couple. No complaints with either. Some will likely suggest hi vis with flour. top shot.
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Old 03-10-2004, 09:55 AM
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I am presently using Yozuri Hybrid - Smoke color, and Momoi High Catch in flourescent yellow. Both in 20 Lb.
I like them both, but the improved visibility of the Momoi is going to sway me to switch over to all yellow. Haven't noticed any reluctance from Kings or Mahi to hit the baits. Leaders tied directly to the line-single starnd stainless for the king rigs: flouro and mono on the Mahi rigs.
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Old 03-10-2004, 10:09 AM
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Suffix hi vis 20 lb. with Fluoro top shot. Gives you the angler good visibilty and the low vis in the water for the fish. As said above, tie up your rigs with a 2' length of fluoro albrighted to 1' length of wire.
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Old 03-10-2004, 11:24 AM
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50# Power Pro for distance and 30# mono top shot!
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Old 03-10-2004, 01:27 PM
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If you want low vis, Hi Seas makes Quattro Plus camo line. It's pretty good in the 20# and under line class. I had the hi vis stuff for a season and I'm not really a fan.
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Old 03-10-2004, 06:10 PM
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Here in the Gulf I use Ande 15lb green, small hooks and a light drag.
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Old 03-11-2004, 06:24 AM
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If your eye sight is good then a low vis line is ok...If you have a hard time seeing the line out say 50 yards go with a high vis; yellow, orange or cajun red then add a 4-8 ft fluro leader and coffe colored stainless steel wire leader set-up.

I use 30 lb Ande tourney line or Cajun red with with a Bimini twist and fluro leader tied to the Bimini with an albright knot, then I add a 150 lb swivel (black) and I use 18-24 inches of coffee (SS) wire in 39,43 0r 63 lb test.....#4 treble hook or (live bait 5-6 hook up front) and a #4 treble stinger tied to the front hook, 4-8 inches long, depending on bait size. GET THE GAFF another SMOKER
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Old 03-11-2004, 08:50 AM
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I use Momoi Diamond 20# off NC with a topshot of Momoi Fluro 25#.

In the fall or Gulf I upsize, usually 30# Diamond.

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Old 03-11-2004, 10:44 AM
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Hey Tsunami,

I fish in the gulf here, primarily from Pensacola to the west. I will be fishing Trinidad 30's. AVET LX 8:1 ratio, TLD20's and TLD 25's. What line would you all advise me on and if you go with the 30# Diamond, would a top shot of fluorocarbon be necessary, or just 30# Diamond straight to the wire leader. Also, would 20# Diamond be to lite for the gulf and rigs, or stick with 30#?

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Old 03-11-2004, 10:59 AM
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My Gulf experience is mainly fall fishing off Biloxi/West Delta where the fish are very aggressive. There I use the 30# Diamond. Closer to where you are, I believe the fishing is a little more like it is here off NC so I would tend to stay a little lighter, probably 20#. I do believe in using a topshot of fluro regardless of the main line as it is so abrasion resistent and harder for the fish to see. You might want to hunt down Creighton on Rag Tag as I believe he is based in your area. He posts on this board so he might have his e-mail in his profile.

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Old 03-11-2004, 08:58 PM
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Thanks Kirk!

I'll talk to Creighton.

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Old 03-14-2004, 12:36 PM
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Barry,
We use 30 lb Stren on all of our king reels and I think Creighton uses 25 lb line. We do not use a topshot of flourocarbon on our rigs, just the staright 30 lb line to a #7 leader. Most of the poeple you will talk to will tell you they use between 25 and 30 lb test here in the northern gulf.
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Old 03-14-2004, 02:06 PM
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Thanks for the reply on the 25 to 30lb. Got about a week left on the boat. Electronics are going on and should be done Tuesday. Then basic clean up the balance of the week.

Hope to take her out next week for spring break sometime.
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Old 03-14-2004, 10:52 PM
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I echo the 25-30lb recommendations. I use 25, some of the other people on my boat like 30 better. The heavier line is nice for putting more preasure on AJs, sharks, and other assorted junk that grabs a kingfish bait.

As far as color of line. To be honest, I haven't noticed much of a difference. Tried clear, blue, green, and hi-vis yellow each with the leader tied to the main line and I never noticed the fish taking a preference.
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