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Old 04-16-2006, 06:57 PM
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Default New Braided vs. Mono for trollling

I'm just coming back to trolling after a 20 year hiatus. When I left I used Maxima or an equivalent for my trolling rigs, usually in the 20# down to 12# range.

I'm thinking of converting to the same weights in the new Spider/Fire line alternatives.

What have been the experiences of the other trollers with this stuff??

It's about 1/10th the diameter, so line 'sing' should disappear

and hook setting would be nearly automatic with the release tension.

What about durability??
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Old 04-16-2006, 08:25 PM
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Default Re: New Braided vs. Mono for trollling

Be warned, on the braids there is near 0 stretch. This comes into play when a fast moving fish hit a trolled bait hard: you will want some thing "give" you can use a topshot or a long leader or maybe even a very loose drag. But keep in mind the braid will snap if pulled abruptly. Braid is awsome for pulling planers with 30 feet of leader! I use it trolling for grouper here in Florida, but I use mono for Kings & other fast movers.

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Old 04-17-2006, 08:07 AM
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Default RE: New Braided vs. Mono for trollling

If your looking to get more depth out of your lures, Braid is the way to go. as said above go with a small length of mono top shot.
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Old 04-17-2006, 02:30 PM
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Default Re: New Braided vs. Mono for trollling

I'm still using 12# Maxima on my bait cast & spinning rods because of the toughness of the line itself. I'll put down a few wraps of Gudebrod braided dacron at the bottom of the spool to absorb the shock of the mono line, but I haven't found anything that beats Maxima brown for out and out toughness. I've used Fireline/Spiderwire and Spectra, but am still using Dacron on my trolling reels, no top shot.
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Old 04-17-2006, 04:32 PM
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Default Re: New Braided vs. Mono for trollling

Last year, I switched from 25# mono to 80# braid on my trolling reels. I went with the 80#, so the line would still work with my downrigger releases. After using the braid, I noticed a much better hook-up ratio and fewer lost fish than the previous season. Scientific study? No, but my experience was more than enough to convince me to stick with the braided line for trolling.
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Old 11-27-2007, 11:13 AM
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Default Re: New Braided vs. Mono for trollling

What is the general consesnus out there on this one?

If I use 80lb braid with a long top shot mono for spanish mackeral and tuna, would my catch rate improve?

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Old 11-27-2007, 11:14 AM
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Default Re: New Braided vs. Mono for trollling

What is the general consesnus out there on this one?

If I use 80lb braid with a long top shot mono for spanish mackeral and tuna, would my catch rate improve?

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Old 11-27-2007, 11:40 AM
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The main point of braid, is to give you greater line strength and capacity. This allows you to put more pressure on a fish, and less likely be spooled.
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Old 11-27-2007, 01:07 PM
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Default Re: New Braided vs. Mono for trollling

35donzi - 11/27/2007 11:40 AM

The main point of braid, is to give you greater line strength and capacity. This allows you to put more pressure on a fish, and less likely be spooled.

Don't forget increased sensativity and less line stretch for bait fishing; esepcially in deep water.
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Old 11-27-2007, 04:18 PM
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Default Re: New Braided vs. Mono for trollling

Reasons I don't like braid for trolling- it's expensive, it's tough on the mate's hands (it will cut the crap out of you), it's harder to untangle, it's harder for me to tie knots with (I know, that's a personal problem), it's a pain adding a topshot (I'm lazy, another personal problem). Also, all of my reels (which are old) are sized for appropriate amounts of mono, so adding braid for line capacity is pointless. If I started over with my tackle, I might buy lighter reels, such as Toriums, and go with braid.

All that being said, I sure do like the braid for bottom fishing and deep jigging.
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