Floro or Mono for yellow tail

Texlee

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Hi guys. I'm on the X again this year on a ten dayer leaving 9-25. I was using 40# floro on my fly lined rigs and 60# mono on my dropper loop rigs. I caught a lot of yellow tail using both setups. Do i need floro on my fly lined rigs with the understanding there could be some YFT around also. Not trying to go cheap, just asking.
 

bob1825

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Apr 11, 2007
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I would definitely use fluro anytime you fish live bait. Chances are that the others guys are and you don't want to be at a disadvantage. Like I always tell myself, you pay all that money to go on a trip, tackle, reels and rods, I'm not going to hold back on the fluro. Good luck on your trip!
 
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screamingreel

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I do not think fluorocarbon is necessary for Yellowtail. Fluorocarbon is used for stealth, sink rate or abrasion resistance. If you use circle hooks, the abrasion issue is not a factor. Yellowtail will chase bait at any depth, so sink rate is irrelevant. If you are getting bit, stealth is not needed.

If you use J hooks, then fluorocarbon is a wise choice as you may not get a mouth corner hook set and abrasion resistance is more critical. Especially if tuna are also present. Cost is another factor. Mono is less than half the price of fluorocarbon. I like Izor First String clear because it has great abrasion resistance for mono, gets bit and is cost effective. Use it for YFT, BFT, YT and everything else!

- Jeff Burroughs
 
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Fishybuzz

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IMO FC is normally not necessary for YT.....in fact the past 3 years I have used mono 75% of the time even for tuna......have caught several cows and many many tuna with mono.....the biggest difference between mono and FC IMO is FC has a faster sink rate and better abrasion resistance
 

Pangamaster

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I almost always start off with Fluro.....when the yellows start charging and I need to cut off and re-tie...... if its a straight yellow bite I just straight tie to the mono.....then again if it's straight yellow I'm normally fishing a jig ....also with no fluro. Dropper loop always straight mono!
 
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backlashjack

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Nothing wrong with fresh mono.
FC has some advantages.
Flip a coin.
 

LEGENDS

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Just got back from an 8 day. Fished 80lb mono and they buy full speed on the Chingon popper/stickbait. Caught 11 nice grade yellows on top and 3 yoyo and 1 bait fish on 40lb mono. Fun fun fun times.
 

BASSMITH

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Always have at least two bait set ups, one fluoro if they're picky and one mono for when it's wide open.
 

hucklongfin

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I didn't use fluoro last year and did better than most. I use it for BFT, usually for YFT and never bother for YT.
 

HTA

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Straight mono for yellowtail is great but when the bite is is picky I grab a second rod with fluoro and will always pick up and extra fish or two during the slow periods. Always give yourself that chance it never hurts to have fluoro on hand.
 
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sulla

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Jan 1, 2007
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Hi guys. I'm on the X again this year on a ten dayer leaving 9-25. I was using 40# floro on my fly lined rigs and 60# mono on my dropper loop rigs. I caught a lot of yellow tail using both setups. Do i need floro on my fly lined rigs with the understanding there could be some YFT around also. Not trying to go cheap, just asking.

Floro's not necessary for yellows. Mono works just as well.
 

Anglewood

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I've been moving more and more back to mono, especially for local fishing. In a pick Bluefin bite, I'll go flouro every time, but for the yellows, I think the mono of your choice is fine. One rule of thumb is flouro for bait, but mono for jigs. That said, 30lb Soft Steel has always gotten bit for me with the local yellows.

-Connor
 
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Brad I

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Maybe off the subject, but I'd go 80# on dropper loop for yellows, the big ones can rock you pretty quick on 60#.
 
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strackle99

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Yellowtail are very "structure savvy". They will make a beeline for any kelp or rocks in the area. This is why I fish FC for them.
 

eric harner

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Yellow tail do not need FC or ringed hooks or any fancy crap ..... Yoyo I use about 80yds of trip x 50 lb on to of 65 or 80 spectra " depending on the rig I'm using " both work. For bait fishing I use a short top shout of FC only because that's how my bait rigs are set up mono would work just as well . Don't trip on Yt 's there not picky like a BFT .
 
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Steve K

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I almost always start off with Fluro.....when the yellows start charging and I need to cut off and re-tie...... if its a straight yellow bite I just straight tie to the mono.....then again if it's straight yellow I'm normally fishing a jig ....also with no fluro. Dropper loop always straight mono!
Yeah, this.
 
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pele

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couldn't hurt-other fish are out there and some have teeth and rough skin.