Bait caster- spectra or mono or?

Discussion in 'Surf Fishing Reports' started by Hirame1, Oct 6, 2012.

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What do you prefer?

  1. All mono

    14.0%
  2. All spectra

    10.6%
  3. Spectra with mono leader

    17.9%
  4. Spectra with fluro leader

    53.1%
  5. Mono with fluro leader

    7.2%
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  1. Lukeaday

    Lukeaday Newbie

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    All my overhead surf casting reels are straight 15-30 lb mono mainline with a heavy shock leader of about 40-70 lb mono.I do tournament distance casting and have a pretty powerful swing during the cast and can cast a 6 oz and bait 150mtrs!


    I find that braid will dig into the spool and snap off on the release of the cast with my style
     
  2. Talico

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    Straight Fluoro on my Baitcasters... Line to line connections are a liability.
     
  3. fasteddie2

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    I ll save you some lures
    Fill it up with sufix siege 14# minimum
    Thumb it all the way
     
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    depends on what kinda fishing.i go 50lb spectra top shot 30-40lb flouro.
     
  5. tetsujin808

    tetsujin808 Newbie

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    In the surf, straight mono. Easier to cast, less expensive, less maintenance.
     
  6. titos334

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    Totally the reason you never see any line connections when fishing Cows, or kelp cutters, or in fishing in general, line connectors are weak and will break! Never fish with line connections of any kind, swivels included! No weak points, no excuses. Crimp to the hook, even a good knot will fail before 100%!
     
  7. chamackO

    chamackO Well-Known "Member"

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    piggy back on this question. what pound test are you guys using as leaders when throwing swimbaits and LC? given the target is likely large perch and halibut, i'd say 15-20lb test. but i'm curious to see what you guys are throwing
     
  8. tubbytuba

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    i use 12lb p-line floroclear. i buy it in 600 yard spools and its cheaper than braid and floro, only 7 bucks a spool. it has amazing knot strength, good shock absorbing stretch, but not too much, and good abrasion resistance. it is also versatile, i can chuck almost any fineness bait with it if i decide to mix it up. better and cheaper alternative to full floro. we aint fishing for trout people.

    Good Hunting
     
  9. thuy619

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    Some pros recommend heavy floro leader if you use braid cuz it tends to wrap up on the treble hooks and floro sinks
     
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    Since this is a surf fishing thread it stands to reason that your line will be in contact with sand/grit. This alone should eliminate the use of any braid.
     
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  11. eddiefishtaco

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    Depend s
    what rod
    what lure
    what fish
    Big striper ? mini striper? large mouth? snook, rooster?
    try mono not less than 15# some pros use 20# fluoro
    braid, try 65# power pro with short leader
    cast with less force thumb on spool all the time
    have fun

    Suffix siege or p line cxx cast very nice
     
  12. tetzilla

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  13. WhyMe

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    Straight Braid with all hardbaits. Wind it on tight!!!!
     
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    15lb -20lb spectra connected (uniknot) to a short 12lb mono leader. I like using mono for its abrasion resistance against sand/rocks, knot strength, and stretch.

    As far as hardbaits go, I wouldn't spend any extra money on fluorocarbon since it's a reaction bait and should be fished more aggressively, otherwise, switch to a jig.

    Normally, your line will be in contact with the sand and other structure when fishing the surf. The micro filaments of any braided line they start to tear one by one around and near the knot, then before you know it, your line snaps on your next cast. So, make sure to check your line every few casts if you plan to tie straight to the lure.

    I do like the malleability of 8slick, but I seem to get way less wind knots with spectra. Cheaper too.
     
  15. SouthBayKiller

    SouthBayKiller I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    20lb braid, 2’ of 12lb fluoro, 9’ steelhead rod, 3000 size reel. I’m getting 30-40 yards consistently with a 110 if there isn’t significant wind in my face.

    If I was fishing a bait caster I think I’d just go straight 12lb mono.
     
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  16. ZZZZZ

    ZZZZZ natural born jig slingers

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    I prefer cheap spinning reels while standing on beach sand fishing.

    All of my bad ass conventional reels. Last a few sessions before grains of sand get into the reel no matter how careful I am. Keg beer on the beach. No matter what you will get sand in your drink

    Butter drag imo is not necessary in so cal surf. Unless your buddy works in the reel service department

    Work the jig in sync with the whitewater is key
     

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