Mono topshot? Strait braid to leader?

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  1. mkfriedrich

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    i just recently switched to fishing mono topshots (25yds) to short flouro leader.
    I was fishing straight braid to flouro and was losing lots of fish at color and pulling a lot of hooks.
    And drag setting wasn not and issue. The lack of stretch was.

    Anyways do you guys feel like it's easier for the bait to get down with mono? Or does it swim better and get down and out with braid?
     
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    Has the switch to mono topshot improved your landing ratio? Stick with topshot then. Tangles are easier to deal with., if on party boat. Butt hook if you want down and out. Change bait regularly. Help bait by bumping spool.
     
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    For the small bait rigs, sx and mxj, I added a bit of shock mono with an FG knot mono to spectra. To add a 6foot floro leader I use a surgeons knot. I am trying to get away from swivels.
     
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    We used to do pretty well on straight mono
     
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    I still do.Braid to mono that is.I don't care for floro when I've used it it has cost me fish in the past.Too brittle for my liking.Most cases the fish bite mono just fine.I see it as another connection that can fail and an added expense.If your worried about abrasion use circle hooks.
     
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    Spectra to 4ft of floro for awhile now and don't think it's causing me to loose anymore fish than I did prior.
     
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    Am I alone in this? I put about 100yds of mono and 4' of flouro because I hate the tangles and I can have a long soak. When the fish bits and runs, it's nice to know I have plenty of spectra left on the reel.
     
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    I haven't been losing as many fish.
    I feel more comfortable fishing with mono as a shock absorber.
     
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    I use all of the above, but my favorite is about 50 to 75ft of mono. Only break out the flouro when scratch fishing
     
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    I only use floro on my kelpcutters. 50yd mono topshot on the rest :cool:
     
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    I do the same thing, I like the mono top shot as a shock absorber and the flouro as abrasion protection.

    Salty Paul
     
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    Do you think fishing a mono topshot is a disadvantage when fishing bait, rather then braid to flouro? Some people say that it's easier for the bait to pull off straight spectra rather then mono.
     
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    I do not know, I just use mono top shot and it seems to work ok for me.

    Salty Paul
     
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    All braid to leader for me, whether mono or fluoro. Just the way I like to fish..
     
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    I personally prefer the shock absorption and give to come from my rod and not my line. I fish strait braid to flouro topshots of 5-6' on 8' rods up to 60#. I purposefully fish rods a little higher in line class than some would suggest, but never in the top of their range. To me, being able to feel actual tailbeats of the bait and staying in touch with what is going on is much easier with a strait braid style setup. I'll be the last guy to claim I'm some kind of expert, but this has proven effective for the way I fish. The type of rods you fish already can help decide the best answer for you. Good luck and tight lines. Kevin.
     
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    I use a mono top shot long enough that I cant cast it off.Tom
     
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    When fishing strait braid a heavy rod with a stiff tip will pull hooks. A rod with a softer tip will help minimize this. I'll fish a 6-10' mono topshot for bottom fishing and a 2' mono or flouro leader for everything else.
     
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    The only time I've lost fish was due to me being lazy and not changing out my top shots. I use Power Pro with a 3ft seaguar floro leader. The only Knotts I use are the Albright and the Palomar, been doing this for 4 years now and I've never had any issues that weren't my fault.
     
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    why bother with the flouro in that situation?
     
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    For schoolie sized YFT, YT, etc, I prefer Spectra to 6' of fluoro. The bait swim easier on that set up. But if the bigger models show, like they have been the last couple of seasons, I'll go with a 75-100' mono top shot and 6' fluoro. I feel like the extra mono stretch could be the difference between landing or losing a quality fish. I don't know if it actually matters, but it makes me feel a bit better and having the right attitude can be everything.
     
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