Why is 65# braid the go to?

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  1. bueller

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    I see a lot of people putting 65# braid on reels that can't even produce enough drag to fish 65# and just curious why. To me it just seems like 65 on an SX or MX is just a waste of money and space for more line. Most quality 40 and 50# braids break well beyond their advertised rating so why not get the use of more line on the reel and still have plenty of strength? I'm not being negative and if there's a reason I don't know then I will have learned something.
     
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    walkerman I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Because I want it to be stronger than the monotopshot.
     
  3. polfishski

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    Much easier to untangle in my opinion. I also prefer white when I go on a sport boat seems green is the most often used white is easier for me to follow in the crowd and to get out of the big green ball of thread that happens at least once or so.
     
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    I know that. I'm asking because there are people using 65# braid to 20-30# mono. It doesn't add up.
     
  5. bueller

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    You can white in all sizes of braid. The tangle thing makes sense though.
     
  6. Fishingguy

    Fishingguy I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    the 65 fills most reels around 275 to 35o yards. If you choose 50lb, youre putting over 400 yards which is wayy to much and many spools come in 300 yards only. If youre putting 40lb spectra, youre looking at over 500yards which is too much. Put 80lb and you'll fill about 200 yards or less.

    Its just a good standard size to fill most small to medium reels.
     
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    I think 30lb-40lb Suffix 832 or PP Slick is perfect on the SX , SXJ, and 300 series bait casters. I fish 3-6' of 15-30lb fluorocarbon for top shots. My MX and 400 series baitcasters have 50-65lb braid. I shoot for about +/- 300 yds with a full spool.

    If you tension the line and keep it level, it will cast better than mono. The SXJ with 30lb is perfect for anchovie.
     
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    Personal preference. Is a beautiful thing.
     
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    Ideal for my kelpcutters with 50lb floro
     
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    Part of it may be because with 65lb spectra you can fish 20lb to 60lb topshots and still have your main line bigger than your leader. Also what fishingguy says is true - it makes sense as far as needed line capacity is concerned with that size reel. I have 65lb on an MXL and even though it only has 14lbs of drag I like the fact that the bigger than "needed" line gives me a little extra wiggle room with tangles and abuse. Of course one of the trade offs is the bait has more line to pull through the water. I like to fish bigger baits when possible so I'm OK with that trade off.
    I have plenty of years fishing pre-spectra and IIRC when it came on the market 65lb was a very popular choice. Not sure if it was because choices were limited in the early days or it made sense for the reasons mentioned.
     
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    It's easier to tie knots too. 30# spectra is fine for fishing 20# leader but tying knots in it not easy. I prefer 50# spectra for lighter lines.
     
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    I usually use 50# on the smaller reels but if you compare 50# to 65# there really isn't a whole lot of difference in size. Also it is much cheaper to just buy a large bulk spool of 65# rather than a bunch of small spools of 40#, 50# and 65#. Also if at the end of a trip you have lost some line off of one of your larger reels like a JX you can just transfer the remaining line onto a MXJ or similar reel and fill it to the top so you don't have a knot in your larger reel and you don't waste the remaining line.
     
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    It's come down to IMO
    Smaller stronger reels that you can fill to max capacity and top shot it with choice of line rating
     
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    aguachico I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    I agree. I do not spool an sx or mx series with 65#. I use 50#. At 9#-15#'s of drag, 50# spectra is plenty. The drag spec is the #1 factor in rods and reels. The line class is a useless number. For example you buy a rod rated for 40-80. WTF is is that? I learned the hard way with a broken rod last year fishing 25# drag on a rod rated 40-60# test.
     
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    Nice conversation. so now we move into rod ratings....

    There is a very common misconception amongst many internet fishermen in regards "rod rating". many think that a rods' "rating" is for line class. HAHAHA! Too funny, that. You can put whatever line you wish on YOUR OWN REEL. You can put whatever reel you wish an YOUR OWN ROD. You can even run 40#s of drag on a trout pole

    BUT! (big butt needed here)

    a 40-60# rated rod is for killing fish that weigh from 40-60#. Period. Very strict rules on this. Catch a 39# fish with a 40-60# rod? It goes back in the water. 61#? Same thing. If you violate this law? Bad. Very bad.
     
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    65 gives you a tactical advantage over the other guys on the boat. No need to run up and down the rail when bit so you burn less energy too. Just bolt your feet to the deck in the corner, lay the rod on the rail, put your head down and crank. When you're super focused and mentally "in the zone" you won't hear all the yelling from the other anglers.

    What? :D
     
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    Well the rod police must have an ALL POINT BULLETIN and BE ON HE LOOKOUT FOR me because I am always underfunded when a big fish bites.
     
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    With my luck lately, trout pole it is...........
     
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    :rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl:
     
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    Easier for me to saw off everyone else's lines when hooked up to make sure I get my fish... lol I kid...
     

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