How Long In Advance Do You Put Line On Reels?

Brad I

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How far in advance of a longer trip do you put fresh mono or floro on your reels? Its always a question for me as I get ready to go on a trip. I don't want the line to take a set, but I'm always real busy just before a trip with other packing, taking care of work and home obligations, etc. And I don't want to lug a bagful of line with me onto the boat and into my room.

What I've worked out over the years is basically the weekend before a trip to put line on the reels that take a lot of line, like yoyo or wahoo reels, or a troller where the line gets straightened out just by the boat's movement. Topshots get put on while on the boat, which also lets me adjust depending upon what the captain/crew recommend.

It seems to work out, but always happy to hear to what others do and see if there's a method that might work better.

So what do you guys do?
 
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Bill W

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    I put topshots on the boat. Overnight, the day before the trip. (In the old days of mono) If not it is important to put a hook on and let it set overnight. Putting some line out behind the boat is also a good idea. Back in the mono days I was religious about 15# changeout each night, 25# every 3 day trip.
     
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    TOTW

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    I like to put leaders on a late as possible—travel days on longer trips. It’s a bit of a pain to lug around, but I take a small Rubbermaid-type bin with me and store most of my leader material in my stateroom. The # line I’m using most stays up top in a small tackle bag.
    If I’m using mono, I usually put it on before the trip.
     
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    azbaseball

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    as Billy said on the way to the bait barge drag your line behind the boat. I stretch the line if I use mono. With braid I put the top sot on the boat as we do not know in advance what size they are hitting Good Luck
     
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    Buttchaser

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    I always find myself changing out top shots on the boat while heading out , I just can’t find the time before the trip because I just get on trips as the spur of the moment ...

    I kind of hate it because I often find myself getting to bed late getting rigged up !!
     
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    FishRock

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    I spool all my reels with braid. Leaders go on as we are headed out on the boat. Keep a small spool of leader material in my pocket and attach with an FG knot. Can change out in a couple minutes if damaged or conditions change.

    If I were using mono top shots I would do as you describe and spool them on a day or two before the trip.
     
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    Brad I

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    Sounds like most of us put the topshots on during the boat ride and a few of us are smart-azzes. I guess no real surprise on either count. :p:

    I do think however that I will continue to spool up yoyo/wahoo reels with 75-100 yards of mono at home close to the departure date because I don't want to take large spools with me and a strong set doesn't have time to take.
     
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    wtrbrdm

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    Mono topshot - a few days before the trip while packing. Mono is cheap and I change out my #30, #40, and #50 topshots after each trip/

    Fluro Wind-Ons - on the boat ride out when I know what to expect.
     
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    ripped

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    I spool up all my bait and surface iron reels the week before with most running a 90' topshot of mono with a piece of fluoro.
    Shamelessly yoyo, dropperloop, and trolling outfits depending on the amount of use get changed out every 1-2 years depending on what kind of use they get. I don't see the need to change line on a reel due to line set when hanging something heavy on the end. Live bait fishing is a different story.
     
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    Halfprice

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    I fill all my reels about a week before the trip. Usually 50 to 75 ft on mono. THe past three trips 2-8 day and 1-11 day I use straight mono except when cow fishing with flouro wind ons. The fishing has been so good the past few years I found flouro wasnt needed


    I also set my drags after filling the line. I know everyone says check the drags each day on the boat, which ive done also, and I never needed to do any adjustments,. Home and boat has always been the same.\



    Jerry
     
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    Pangamaster

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    I always do it 1 - 2 weeks before the trip....if it’s a short fluro or leader to spectra i do it on the boat. Every thing else I do before. Cocktails, friends, seas, get in the way once you leave port.
     
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    Yellowtail Dan

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    My stuff is done weeks before I get on the boat. I don't want to deal with getting mono replaced on wahoo rigs or topshots the day before or once we board. I just want to get my reels on the right rods, check/set my drags and tie hooks, jigs etc and relax. I try to avoid the mob scene around the tackle racks as much as possible
     
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    screamingreel

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    How long in advance do I put line on my reels for longer trips? It depends how long it will be before we fish on the trip. Typically I do not put any top shots on any reel until the day before we fish it. If we have 4 days of travel, I may rig up one 40-60 lbs. rig the first day just in case we come across a patty. Usually I wait until the afternoon of day 4 to add top shots.

    I usually do not even put the reels on the rods until the day before I rig up. Why expose the reels to more salt spray than needed? I also keep my reels covered in the rack until they are used. If Wes and Ken (from Ken's Custom Reels) do it that way, so am I. They seem to know a thing or two about reel maintenance.

    Except for my surface iron rig with a 75 yard mono top shot, I use 25' loop to loop fluoro leaders on everything else unless we are fishing at night which would be 200' mono. It all depends, there are many variables...

    - Jeff Burroughs
     
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    TanstaaflSD

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    With the nearby Tuna I now bring 3 or 4 ready rigs at boarding.

    I put the troll leader loop-to-loop on a few days before the trip.
    I put loop to loop on a few days before or on the way down.
    For mono top shots it depends on my mood.
    If mono on early try to un-loop on the way south. If biting I change mono daily. With wind-on fluoro I cut off some after each fish.

    I try to set my drag each day, relax it at night, and use a reel cover when not in use.
     
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