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Tarpon fishing - Braid or Mono?

Old 11-16-2014, 11:36 AM
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What kind of line does everyone prefer using for tarpon.....mono or braid? Does it make a difference if bait fishing or casting or targeting bigger fish? Why do you prefer either?
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Old 11-16-2014, 04:22 PM
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Honestly I think you are fine with either. Leader is very important. For larger fish at least 80lb floro, and 100lb even better. You can get into some really long battles. Also using crimps instead of knots aint a bad idea.
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Braid. For what it's worth do you mean bait fishing a pass, or casting/pithchbaiting them?
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Braid. For what it's worth do you mean bait fishing a pass, or casting/pithchbaiting them?
I'm talking more about bait fishing a pass. I've only been tarpon fishing a handfull of times and I haven't run into an opportunity to cast/pitchbait them.
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Originally Posted by jrimmer1987 View Post
LOL, Jeff is da man.

No single simple answer to this one. Size of poons,size/action of tackle, dead boat/chase boat, water depth, skill level of angler, circle,J or trebles - lots of variables. FWIW, I'll use mono on heavier gear when expecting larger fish, braid on lite tackle for poonettes.
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Originally Posted by AquaWhaler View Post
LOL, Jeff is da man.

No single simple answer to this one. Size of poons,size/action of tackle, dead boat/chase boat, water depth, skill level of angler, circle,J or trebles - lots of variables. FWIW, I'll use mono on heavier gear when expecting larger fish, braid on lite tackle for poonettes.
Pretty much. I use braid for my pitchbaits, but when pass fishing it is mostly mono.
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Old 11-19-2014, 11:18 AM
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Braid for capacity and strength!
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Braid for bottom fishing....

Mono for live baiting, trolling....

Just my preference.

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I do a ton of tarpon fishing, live bait, plugs, and fly...they are my obsession.

One thing to consider for braid is the lack of stretch can really hurt the hook up percentage if using a circle hook when live baiting. Tarpon hit so hard and have such hard mouths that it just pulls the hook right out of their mouth very quickly. That being said I use a ton of braid because I enjoy using smaller reels and need the line capacity the smaller diameter braid offers. To offset the hookset issues, on all my live bait rigs I top off the braid with a wind on leader of 50 or 60 pound mono, usually about 25 to 30 feet. I then tie the wind on leader to a 6 foot leader of 60 to 80 pound flouro and a Owner SSW Circle Hook. I either use a swivel between the mono and braid or a simple blood knot. That heavy mono wind on leader really makes leadering the fish much safer than braid.

For plug casting I usually use 20 pound braid straight to a 5 foot 50 or 60 pound flouro leader. I have begun experimenting with mono leaders of the same weight if the water is dirty to see if having a little stretch increases my hook up percentage on plugs too.
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I do a ton of tarpon fishing, live bait, plugs, and fly...they are my obsession.

One thing to consider for braid is the lack of stretch can really hurt the hook up percentage if using a circle hook when live baiting. Tarpon hit so hard and have such hard mouths that it just pulls the hook right out of their mouth very quickly. That being said I use a ton of braid because I enjoy using smaller reels and need the line capacity the smaller diameter braid offers. To offset the hookset issues, on all my live bait rigs I top off the braid with a wind on leader of 50 or 60 pound mono, usually about 25 to 30 feet. I then tie the wind on leader to a 6 foot leader of 60 to 80 pound flouro and a Owner SSW Circle Hook. I either use a swivel between the mono and braid or a simple blood knot. That heavy mono wind on leader really makes leadering the fish much safer than braid.

For plug casting I usually use 20 pound braid straight to a 5 foot 50 or 60 pound flouro leader. I have begun experimenting with mono leaders of the same weight if the water is dirty to see if having a little stretch increases my hook up percentage on plugs too.
Good info. Still looking for my first Tarpon.
What lure would you recommend?
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We use both. 50 yards of mono as top shot with braid as the backing. We use live and dead pogies and fish off anchor in coastal Ga. We use spinning rods so the set up works well for us. You get the stretch of the mono on the top shot and the backing lets us get enough line on the reels to keep from getting spooled while get off the anchor to start the chase. We use floro for the leaders.

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mono, gotta have the stretch. I use braid for backing or for inshore fishing.
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Braid , Make sure you have a good leader
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i use 7'6" 15-30# rods with daiwa saltist 5000's spooled with 40# fins XS and 6' of 60# flouro but what do i know?
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Braid for me. I do a lot of slow presentations for tarpon like slow trolling live mullet and casting doa shrimp and retrieving them, well, slow. I like the line capacity and the feel. I always use a 5 foot or so leader of mono as well.
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I like 30lb mono on big tarpon....but I always back with 50lb braid.
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I'm currently using 40lb mono(trilene Big Game) on some reels, and power pro super slick 8 in 65 and 80lb test on others. I've yet to have a fish take a braid line, just the luck. I troll the 40lb mono and mostly throw the mono, so that's why. Just recently went to the braid for line capacity, on a few reels. But curious as to the hook up ratio. I'm trolling and casting ****-pops, in 30 to 45 feet of water for 120 to 200lb fish. With the 40lb mono I can only get approx 200/225 yards of line per reel, with 80lb braid, I can get approx 330 yds on that same reel correct?? When we get into a school of fish, we do not run the big motor, trolling motors only, 36 v Great White for me. They spook on the big motor. So I need the line capacity, so I don't have to fire up the big motor to chase fish. With the 65 and 80lb braid connected to 100 mono, should do the trick. Thoughts??
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I prefer braid for all the benefits of braid. More line, better casting, higher lb and really good hook set. I also, prefer longer floro leaders at least the estimated length of the fish but usually I’m over 8 foot leaders. This helps when you have the fish close to the boat and the fish tries to take off you don’t get your braid smacked by their tail ( floro is more abrasive resistance)
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after talking to a local tarpon fisherman, he said hasn't noticed a hookup difference between the two. i'll give the braid a shot on my trolling rods, going with about 300 plus yds of 80lb braid. the last fish i caught, was close to 200lbs and i had to start my motor a couple time to get my line back. we have a lot of big fish here, i like the 80lb vs 50 or 65.
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