I realize that as someone who is new and has not posted on here very much I might not get much cred, but hear me out and see if any of this makes sense to the rest of you. With the increased amount of fisherman using straight braid to flourocarbon setups, I have seen an increase in pulled hook losses. At first, I didn't really care since because I personally have not seen an increase in this at all, but in the interest of helping others, I have wondered more and more why it affects one angler and yet others like myself have fewer issues. Spectra is a game changer as it pertains to presenting a live bait in its most lively state and it really does increase the amount of hook ups as a result, but I really don't think it's for everyone. We have all seen the huge loop or belly in the line when a fast moving fish changes direction quickly when fishing strait mono. This is a direct result of the line's large cross section and resulting drag through the water. My theory is that because of this, the hook remains somewhat static in it's position and that decreased movement keeps that hook planted. Now with spectra, the connection is more direct and greater angles at the hook would seem to be a result. This would likely result in more possibility for that hook to open its puncture and create the pulled hook scenario. If I am correct, this makes fight time the all important factor in determining whether spectra to a short or long top shot. My theory is this, the harder you pull, the shorter the top shot you should use. Although this would seem opposite, I am wondering if I may be on to something here. I personally fish 8' rods and full spectra to 5' long flouro leaders for just about every situation I can. Although I don't get carried away with drag, I pull hard and will never sit on a fish and I honestly feel like this really helps my hook to land ratio. Now consider the smaller angler that isn't fit, can't sustain a ton of pressure on a fish for any reason (this is in no way condescending or an insult, I'm trying to help) is this angler perhaps better off with the forgiveness of mono? I'm curious what some of you other guys think about this so please chime in.