Maxcuatro - Bombing Poppers and Knot Choices- Keep or Discard?!

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Jan 20, 2011
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I thought I would give 65 lb maxcuatro a shot on my tranx. I've had 65 lb power pro on the reel for 3 straight trips and I haven't had a single "bad" backlash that I couldn't quickly or easily clean out and that's with bombing poppers as hard as I can and a lot of those casts were into the wind. Been very happy with it to say the least.

But I've been a bit nervous about the line capacity. I think I have around 250-270 yards of 65 lb pp on the tranx and just wasn't sure if that would be enough for some of those giant BFT we have around here.

With 65 lb maxcuatro I now have around 350-370 yards on the reel I believe.

So last night I went to OB Pier to finally see what this line is all about. Starting out by making all of my casts with the wind. Well, oh boy... Truth be told, I didn't like the line very much. I kept on getting those sort of small but dangerous backlashes that I really had to take time to dig out, and yes that was without making a single cast into the wind. I kept on thinking about how a big BFT would pop me off in an instant with some of those backlashes. I kept on removing line until I had the spool filled at a very manageable level and still kept on getting those backlashes.

Boy... This line just has me feeling really nervous. I tried tying a reverse Albright for the connection to a heavy mono leader and it didn't even cinch up that well, not to the point where I felt comfortable with the knot.

I'm going to cast with it a little more today but I'm almost thinking it's just not worth risking it. I think right now I would prefer to chance running out of line with regular power pro than to have all of those issues related to casting.

I guess what I'm asking is if this experience is similar to yours? Is there some type of learning curve associated with using this line? Not sure if I just need to figure out its characteristics a little better.

And while I am at it, what knot are you guys using for the heavy mono or fluoro connection?
 
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bman440440

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my 2c... if you have ANY second thoughts about that line remove it and go back to the PP... and do the same for anything else you use for fishing... use what you trust.. fishing is supposed to be about having fun and worrying about something failing constantly.
 
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hucklongfin

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I have over 300 yds of 80# Maxcuatro on my TranX. I don't recall any issues with casting it.
 
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Fleet

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I had all sorts of problems with my Tranx/65MC at first. Took it to Kevan at Bluewater tackle and he said the line wasnt on tight enough. And thst i should have taped it to the spool first. So he put it back on for me and bombs away. Of course i havnt thrown a popper yet with my Tranx. But i only know Maxcuatro because i use it on most of my smaller reels and all baitcasters. I expect the main reel of choice this summer to be my Lexa400 as i think the YFT fishing will be the predominate species.
 
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Hmm. Just spent about 45 more mins with it at OB Pier. I think at this time I am going to take it off the reel and go back to regular #65 power pro. I kept on getting those little backlashes that you could barely see around a quarter inch or so down the spool at the end of my casts. It was casting pretty rough too. Even if it wasn't put on right, I think the best thing to do would be to experiment with it again later under different conditions. As suggested earlier, it would probably be better maximizing all of those limited fishing opportunities (and bites) over the next 2-3 weeks or however long we continue to have these giant fish around us with gear I have more confidence in.
 
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tanner.s

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Try Maxcuatro that has the same diameter, you won't get any more line on it, but you can pull harder. 80lb I think is the equivalent.

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hucklongfin

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I agree with the above. 80# Maxcuatro is a little smaller than 65# PP. I got 315 yds of 80# and it's rated at 270 of 65# PP.
 
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Highwayman

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    I used the Tranx with 80lb maxcuatro and it worked well.
     
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