Power pro on Trinidad 20

bkaz

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Any thoughts on spooling with 50 vs. 65lb. Power Pro on a Trinidad 20 and using it with a Calstar 700ML... I will be using a short 30lb fluorocarbon top shot tied directly to the braided line as my 30lb outfit.
 

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I would go with 65#. That is what I have. No need for the line capacity using the 50# IMHO.
 

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Hey Bill,
I have no other reason to do this but that I've always done it this way but do you actually use 50lb topshots to 50lb braid? I've always used 65lb braid or better for 50lb mono and higher and 50lb braid for 40lb mono and lighter.

Is there any reason to believe that 50lb spectra won't break at the stated breaking weight so 50lb spectra to 50lb mono is safe?

Alain
 

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400 yds of 65# with a topshot of 30-50# or just go with a 16 size with 300 yds of 65# and a topshot of 30-50#
 

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Hey Bill,
I have no other reason to do this but that I've always done it this way but do you actually use 50lb topshots to 50lb braid? I've always used 65lb braid or better for 50lb mono and higher and 50lb braid for 40lb mono and lighter.

Is there any reason to believe that 50lb spectra won't break at the stated breaking weight so 50lb spectra to 50lb mono is safe?

Alain
You certainly could but I think most everyone is doing the same as you are including myself. Braid is not the most abrasion resistant material so I think the thought process is the heavier braid will take a little more before breaking than the lighter braid, just like mono. In the case of the Trini 20 you are talking a heck of a lot of braid to fill that reel. 65# is more realistic for the size of reel/leader and/or fish it can handle IMHO. Plus, it allows you to run higher drag pressures to hopefully stop that bigger model fish if he happens to bite. My biggest fear is other fishermen and tangles and that is where my thought process is on the abrasion part. I know on my part I don't panic when I get in a tangle but I cannot say as much for other people. If everyone would just put their reel in free spool with the thumb on the spool and remain calm you stand a very good chance of all the parties getting their fish. With that being said I can switch out my leader and drag settings to comply with whatever I am catching at the time. With 65# I just feel more comfy using a 40-60# fluoro leader and the corresponding knot that goes with it (As I get older it gets harder seeing that small braid when I make my leader knots..!!)

My .02 anyway...
 

bkaz

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Thanks everyone for your responses; great advice. It's kind of what I've been thinking, not to mention the unnecessary cost of more 50lb. braid line to fill the reel.
And Bill you're right about those tangles. Stay calm and listen to the directions given by the deckhands and the majority of the time they will free you from the tangles and save your fish too.
 

Winstondry

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You certainly could but I think most everyone is doing the same as you are including myself. Braid is not the most abrasion resistant material so I think the thought process is the heavier braid will take a little more before breaking than the lighter braid, just like mono. In the case of the Trini 20 you are talking a heck of a lot of braid to fill that reel. 65# is more realistic for the size of reel/leader and/or fish it can handle IMHO. Plus, it allows you to run higher drag pressures to hopefully stop that bigger model fish if he happens to bite. My biggest fear is other fishermen and tangles and that is where my thought process is on the abrasion part. I know on my part I don't panic when I get in a tangle but I cannot say as much for other people. If everyone would just put their reel in free spool with the thumb on the spool and remain calm you stand a very good chance of all the parties getting their fish. With that being said I can switch out my leader and drag settings to comply with whatever I am catching at the time. With 65# I just feel more comfy using a 40-60# fluoro leader and the corresponding knot that goes with it (As I get older it gets harder seeing that small braid when I make my leader knots..!!)

My .02 anyway...
Thanks Bill, that's what I figured...
 

bkaz

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One more thing... thinking of buying 1500 yds. of 65lb Power Pro and spooling 3 reels myself. Never done this before, always taken my reels into a tackle store and had it done for me. I would be doing this manually as I don't have a line spooler or winder. I know I have to do some sort of backing before putting on the Power Pro to prevent slippage; either tape or mono.
Is it pretty easy, worth it, etc?
What kind of backing?
Knot?
How tight?
Any tips?
Thanks!
 

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One more thing... thinking of buying 1500 yds. of 65lb Power Pro and spooling 3 reels myself. Never done this before, always taken my reels into a tackle store and had it done for me. I would be doing this manually as I don't have a line spooler or winder. I know I have to do some sort of backing before putting on the Power Pro to prevent slippage; either tape or mono.
Is it pretty easy, worth it, etc?
What kind of backing?
Knot?
How tight?
Any tips?
Thanks!
Wrap some finger tape on the spool. The spool needs to be held tightly while you wind it on. A good rule of thumb is if you can move it with your thumbnail it is too loose. Turners will spool it for you for a penny a yard I believe. WELL WORTH THE MONEY to have the machine do it...unless you want one forearm to look like Popeye..!!!

My .02
 

bkaz

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Thanks Bill! One more question... Does the braided line color make any difference as far as visibility to the fish? They have red, green, white, or yellow. I've always used the green or white.
 

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I recommend white or yellow. Most are using white and that is why I have switched to yellow, so I can stay on top of the line that is mine amongst everyone else's line. I do not recommend red or green for fishing on the Sport fishing fleet boats, too hard to see especially in low light situations. I can hardly see the green in the brightest of days.!! On your own or a private boat, knock yourself out. I still only use the yellow or the white. My preference.
 
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I recommend white or yellow. Most are using white and that is why I have switched to yellow, so I can stay on top of the line that is mine amongst everyone else's line. I do not recommend red or green for fishing on the Sport fishing fleet boats, too hard to see especially in low light situations. I can hardly see the green in the brightest of days.!! On your own or a private boat, knock yourself out. I still only use the yellow or the white. My preference.
I completely agree.
 

bkaz

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Great advice as always from everyone. Ordered the yellow 65lb. yesterday and will take it in to have the reels spooled.