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Old 10-03-2016, 01:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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currently have an ultra light rod with 4/5lb (don't recall which) flouro line on a spinning reel. it's overwhelmingly the most pleasant setup to use. Unfortunately due to what I'm certain is lack of skill it seems like I end up with a broken line for one of every 3 fish 16" or over. until I gather more skills is there another thing I should spool on there to keep my long easy casts? several of the breaks come when the fish wraps or rubs against something. I'm watching vids and learning but also getting sick of excting fish getting away. help?
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Old 10-03-2016, 01:38 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Seaguar red label makes a 6lb flouro that is the diameter of most 4lb monos. Might be able to keep your casting same distance
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Old junk line? If not, then a properly set and functioning drag check is in order. If you feel nicks/abrasion in line, cut out immediately and retie.
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Old 10-03-2016, 03:00 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Braid with flouro leader. Set drag just tight enough to sink the hook.
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Old 10-03-2016, 04:15 PM   #5 (permalink)
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10 lb power pro/2 lb dia, with mono leader 2-4 pounds.
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Thanks for the ideas. How many of you set drag with a scale vs pulling on it by hand?
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Thanks for the ideas. How many of you set drag with a scale vs pulling on it by hand?
Pull by hand. If you take some of the advice above and proceed with a braided line + leader, you are going to want to loosen the drag a bit more. Braided line does not stretch and that puts a lot of pressure on your line.
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Since you like it so much, I'd leave your setup as it is and target smaller fish with it. See if there's a light action model of that rod and spool it with 6lb (or 10lb braid w/ leader) for bigger fish. Catching 16" fish on an UL with 4lb test is super fun, but the rod doesn't have the backbone and the line doesn't have the durability to be fishing that rig around heavy cover.
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Ok, cool. Related question- how many of you re spool a reel semi often vs having an additional reel. Say one reel with 4lb flouro and one with 10lb braid?
Or for my ml rod setup, one reel with 6 lb mono and one with 15lb braid? I'm not looking to own a thousand reels but I'm not sure the 6lb gets me everywhere I wanna be
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6 lb is an extremely good pound test. There isn't many places it won't get you. One place is bouncing jigs off the bottom at the local dead president lake. My heart still hurts from all the rigs I lost messing around there. I'm going to order another spool from the Shimano site exactly for that. Cheaper than buying a new reel.

Speaking of. I wonder how the conditions are there now
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