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Old 07-12-2014, 11:42 AM
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I finally found two Avet LX reels to go with my 30-80 Pinnacle stand up rods.

Gonna try some light tuna and shark at the mud hole in a few weeks.

I want to buy the best mono out there. I don't want to screw with braid right now. I have braid on my MXL's and my fluke set ups, but from what I've read, my first trolling set ups will be all mono.

What are your guys thoughts on what the best mono for trolling is?
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I finally found two Avet LX reels to go with my 30-80 Pinnacle stand up rods.

Gonna try some light tuna and shark at the mud hole in a few weeks.

I want to buy the best mono out there. I don't want to screw with braid right now. I have braid on my MXL's and my fluke set ups, but from what I've read, my first trolling set ups will be all mono.

What are your guys thoughts on what the best mono for trolling is?
30-80 rods ... I'd go with Trilene Big Game #50, I've been using it for yrs with no issues.

IGFA tested breaking strength 80+ lbs.
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Think I should go with braid and mono top shot, or all mono?
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Originally Posted by Norcoastal View Post
Think I should go with braid and mono top shot, or all mono?
Whatever your comfortable with for line capacity and how often you want to respool mono, I use braid and get it over with.
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Old 07-12-2014, 03:49 PM
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Trilene Big Game is as good as any, though you would not be making a mistake with Momoi Diamond mono, Jinkai or Ande. Unless you have a line capacity issue - hooking too many monsters to stop - braid is not necessary.
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I have always been a fan of Ande. Never had any surprises.
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30, 40 or 50lb?
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Lots of opinions about what "best" means. If $ is not a concern, then Jinkai or Momoi Diamond are often the choice. If you want a proven mono at a good price, then Ande or Suffix Superior. I have 300 yards of 65# braid with 40# Ande topshot. Unless you are buying an IFGA mono, all mono will test more than the published amount (20-40%, depending on manufacturer).
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Ande has always worked well for me. I usually run different color lines for different sets when trolling. Different colors help me easily track the lures for position and keep tangles to a minimum when making tight turns in crappy conditions. I usually do blue short, green mid, and pink on the shotgun. If the seas are really nice and I am doing 8 lines I will add yellow - so blue, yellow, green, and pink. The yellow is the most visible and the most likely to tangle if if a fish strikes the blue or green so I always want to be able to see where those lines are.
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I run Sufix Superior 25lb label copolymer on my 4 Avet LX 4.6's - each reel will hold a 1/4 pound spool (535 yds @ .050mm @ 38lbs dry breaking) Best 30lb mono I've ever used.....
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I like Ande mono.

Monomi diamond is excellent as well
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Op.... Have you got these on roller rods? If so, how's the balance with the LX?
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The only mono I will use is Stren. I have had nothing but bad luck w/ Trilene line, Stren has always been superior in my opinion.

About a year ago I switched to all braid that I buy in eBay called Dyneema. It's shockingly cheap and it's very good line. I prefer the feel w/ braid -vs- the stretch of mono. Dyneema 30LB test is the same diameter at 8LB mono so I can horse in the sheeps and not have to worry about breaking my line.

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Jinkai is by far the best line.
I don't know what size an LX is. I fish tuna and sharks offshore NJ.
My Penn 30's and 50's get spooled with 80# Jinkai.
I have taken large threshers and mako and you need every bit of 80# test. Yellowfin tuna up to 100 pounds you can get by with 50#. Bluefin and bigeye are a whole different story. I have never been spooled with 80#, but have come very close a number of times. When a 300# bluefin hits all sheeeeet breaks loose.
When fishing bluefin you want to get them to the boat and in ice a fast as possible.
Just call me a meat fisherman. Jerking around with anything less than 50# pounds offshore is not sportsmanship. You have a very long fight and leave the fish in bad shape. With bluefin tuna regs you have to release after one or two. So keep them in good shape, fast fight and release.
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Fast fight and release for me too. Especially if it's a barracuda! I fish Jinkai too!
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Originally Posted by Davidthig View Post
Op.... Have you got these on roller rods? If so, how's the balance with the LX?
No rollers.

The reels aren't here yet, should be arriving via FedEx next week.
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Originally Posted by CB Haws View Post
Jinkai is by far the best line.
I don't know what size an LX is. I fish tuna and sharks offshore NJ.
My Penn 30's and 50's get spooled with 80# Jinkai.
I have taken large threshers and mako and you need every bit of 80# test. Yellowfin tuna up to 100 pounds you can get by with 50#. Bluefin and bigeye are a whole different story. I have never been spooled with 80#, but have come very close a number of times. When a 300# bluefin hits all sheeeeet breaks loose.
When fishing bluefin you want to get them to the boat and in ice a fast as possible.
Just call me a meat fisherman. Jerking around with anything less than 50# pounds offshore is not sportsmanship. You have a very long fight and leave the fish in bad shape. With bluefin tuna regs you have to release after one or two. So keep them in good shape, fast fight and release.
Thanks CB. How much line do you have on your reel?
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I do not really know. I buy the line in the biggest bulk spools you can buy. My 80STW's get Jinkai 130#. 80# Jinkai is the same diameter as most other's 50-60# test.
It is a copolymer line. Ties great knots, strong and turns white when you stretch it toooo much.
I have stopped searing runs by max drag and then the thumb on the line until the fish turns.
Caught a 78" bluefin this way. Damn thing still took almost 2.5 hours stand-up.
A couple of years ago we boated a 375# thresher. That one took almost 3 hours. Had to go to the chair, which we had on the boat for a shark tournament. Checked the drag at half spool after we got back, and it 55#. The line was making guitar sounds tink, tink, tink.

There are thing to worry about using light lines. One being if you have a lot of line off the spool and the fish makes a sharp run left or right the drag on the line as it get pull through the water can exceed the breaking strength. You will know what I am talking about when you think the fish is to the left of the boat and all of a sudden you see the line streaking through the water to the right. The line develops a big bow and low # test will just break.
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Agreed, especially fast fish. I remember hooking up to my first sailfish off WPB. My buddy was mate and the torsas weren't set with enough drag for the 30 lb test. A big one ate the runner, which was the furthest kite bait, shot off and the line pointed back left then all of a sudden the fish appeared way off to the right. I saw the bow starting to tighten, then slack! I like to release fish, so I put on as much pressure as possible because the chances of them getting over a long fight and surviving are slim. Especially if you then proceed to haul the fish out of the water and hold it with dry hands which aren't supporting every part of its undercarriage. Sailfish don't come out of the water if I bring them boat side! I fish for meat and respect fish that make more money alive than dead so always try to release them. I might feel different about trophy photographs if I had dropped 800 bucks on charter fee though...
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