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Old 04-30-2006, 01:40 PM
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I allways replace my Mono at least annually. For a couple of years I've been replacing my Braid every spring. The stuff is so gosh darn expensive, How long does it really last? It fades quickly but seems just as strong as last year to me.
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Old 04-30-2006, 04:03 PM
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It lasts years and when you take it off, just spool it onto another reel and you will be able to use the bottom coils as the top coils on the second reel. What did I just say you ask? The bottom of the spool is usually never used so just put the line on in reverse so the top coils (the way it is now) are on the bottom and the bottom coils are on the top. I hope you understand this because I am reading it and I don't even understand what I am trying to say.
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Old 04-30-2006, 04:10 PM
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In tests done it has lasted 9 years the lenght of the test so far just cut off the frayed stuff or what ocean Breeze said
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What he said.......... I fish 2 to 3 times a week and get two years out of mine only because I get low on line, I could get more if my reels held more.
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Looks like I've been wasting money and line the past few years. I'll give it another season then. Thanks for the input.
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Old 04-30-2006, 06:16 PM
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It really depends how much you use it. if you beat the hell out of it like I do.(I catch alot of fish ).It can start to break down in a season. I got invited on a gillnetter once, to show the capt. the virtues of rod and reel fishing.I brought a rod that I had been hammering the fish with all season.felt like a dope after breaking off a bunch of fish and losing gear because the line kept parting. I think U V rays have an effect also. reversing it is a good Idea. I just buy 1500 yd spools now, on ebay-- here's something else I've noticed that's interesting.I use 80lb.mono leader and 100lb power pro for groundfishing. When hung on bottom, and have to break off, the power pro ALWAYS breaks first.
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I have spectra on some reels for 8 years, and it's still fine. If you use hollow spectra you can strip off some yards and splice a new piece on top if it gets worn and frayed. Otherwise, I splice a new loop in the end of my main line every season and it's good to go. You can also consider stripping the line off onto a washing spool each off-season and rinse the spool in fresh water for a few hours and then set aside to dry. It's a good idea to get the line off your reel in case any salt gets trapped in the line...it tends to leach to one side of the spool and could cause some spot corrosion.

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Old 04-30-2006, 08:43 PM
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Have you guys ever tried using rods that have the rollers and notice a difference in the fraying ? I have the ceramic guides on my Penn rod and notice it frays quite a bit after one season.
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8 years and still going strong on the ol Spiderwire 50 and 80.
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I replace my mono every 3 trips, and braid twice per season
 
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Bullshipper - 4/30/2006 10:05 PM

8 years and still going strong on the ol Spiderwire 50 and 80.
I think it was spiderwire that kept breaking on me . hope it doesn't cost you the fish of a lifetime.
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cobiamoby - 4/30/2006 8:43 PM

Have you guys ever tried using rods that have the rollers and notice a difference in the fraying ? I have the ceramic guides on my Penn rod and notice it frays quite a bit after one season.
yea, I've tried both ways .rollers definately make a difference,most of my rods have roller stripper guide and tip top.you have to be careful with rollers though, spectra lines tend to get caught between the roller and the guide frame, especially 50 down.
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I've got a couple reels I use for bottom fishing that are spooled with 80lb spiderwire that is at least 8 or 9 years old now. I use foulproof (metal wire type) guides. No ceramic and no rollers. It'll last a long, long time.

Northcoast, I use 100 lb mono leader with my 80 lb spiderwire and have found just the opposite to be true concerning hang ups on the bottom. Ninety five percent of the time, the mono breaks while the braid hangs tight. Most of the different braids I have tried have all overtested.
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Fletch - 5/1/2006 9:55 AM

I've got a couple reels I use for bottom fishing that are spooled with 80lb spiderwire that is at least 8 or 9 years old now. I use foulproof (metal wire type) guides. No ceramic and no rollers. It'll last a long, long time.

Northcoast, I use 100 lb mono leader with my 80 lb spiderwire and have found just the opposite to be true concerning hang ups on the bottom. Ninety five percent of the time, the mono breaks while the braid hangs tight. Most of the different braids I have tried have all overtested.
odd, maybe it's the beating my lines take. I don't change the stuff till it starts breaking. too lazy.
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I should mention that I do use a mono topshot (also 100 lb test) of about 20 ft prior to my terminal tackle. I have found that if I tie directly to the swivel with the braid, I'm more likely to get the braid up against rock/coral and such, especially during a hangup. Braid will pop like an overstrung piano wire if it touches structure under pressure. So I add the mono for abrasion resistance, camo and to add a little stretch to the setup. Big Grouper and AJ's can play hell on a pure braid setup (not to mention the angler ).
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80lb spiderwire on my tuna & shark reels for 5+ years now with no problems.
Great stuff!!
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Capt. Squiddly - 4/30/2006 11:56 PM

I replace my mono every 3 trips, and braid twice per season
wow

I'd say that is overkill, but I guess you can never blame a lost fish on the line
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Capt. Squiddly - 4/30/2006 11:56 PM

I replace my mono every 3 trips, and braid twice per season
wow

I'd say that is overkill, but I guess you can never blame a lost fish on the line
Well the only rods I use mono on are for fishing striped bass (I like to give the fish a fighting chance). All of the places I fish are around wrecks and rocks, so I dont like to fish with beat-up line. You can say it might be overkill, but I never usually have a line failure unless I get hooked in the wreck...
 

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