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What kind of line (mono, flourocarbon, braid, etc, not brand) do you guys think is the best for the lakes and the current of the rivers? And why do you think so? I "guided" a fella to almost 18 pounds in the finals of the BFL super tournament, and I could only muster 12 something. He cleaned up on me when I moved to the heavy current. We were using different kinds of line, that was the only ascertainable difference. What does everyone think?
 

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Eric, you're question is a little general. Was he using the same bait? Was he fishing the same depth? Was he fishing faster or slower than you? Was he targeting the same locations as you? Was he using a different weight than you? If these are all the same as you then you can determine if the line size was the matter. Let us all know.
 

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I am just curious who is using mono, braid, flourocarbon, superlines, etc. I imagine everything thinks what they are using is the best choice, and I am interested why people like each one. Is mono the best because of the stretch playing the fish, or some of the superlines because of being able to feel the structure and the bites better in the heavy current. These are the things I'm interseted in. In this specific case, the only thing different was the line. But, you know how fishing goes, maybe I wasn't holding my mouth right. I'm not really looking for an explanation for this instance, rather gathering input to make what I feel is the best choice in line to put them toads in the box.
 

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I've used mono, fluoro and braid. I usually use mono for the moving lures for the stretch and fluoro for the finesse lures/presentations for the sensitivity and invisibility and braid for real thick cover or possibly on spinning reels because of the real small diamater but heavy strength. Sometimes I'll also use magnathin, which is a mono but has a small line diamater compared to strength. It's gets confusing with all the lines out there. I confuse myself sometimes.
 

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I use powerpro(braid) on my spinning rods then attach a 2.5' fluorocarbon leader (seagar).
As for the rest 10+ pound test mono on my baitcasting oufits. Hope this helps.
 

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I switched from mono a few years ago to the original braid spiderwire. I currently use 20 pound test with a 6 pound diameter. I feel the added strength is important. I am secure that I can land most fish quickly which allows me to reduce the time spent tiring the fish out, and increases the time spent fishing for more. The strength to diameter ratio also insures that not only to I get a strong line, but I get lots of it. I don't like the stretch of mono. When I go to set the hook I want to know that it's going to happen right now, not when I have pulled it tight enough. This is just a personal choice that fits the way I fish.

As a side note, I spend most of my time bass fishing on St. Clair. With the variety of fish throughout the lake I like to be prepared for anything as best I can. Although I fish with an ultra light pole, I still use the heavy 20 pound test, which worked real well last season. A few friends and I were out bass fishing in late August somewhere around Metro Beach, when out of no where we were ambushed by a 48 inch musky that hit on a small crank bait while casting. Had I gone with a 6 pound mono not only would I have lost my favorite crack bait, but my first musky.
 

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BPS XPS Signature Series mono and flourocarbon. Both are strong, sensitive and abrasion resistant. I usually start with either of these depending on the technique and clarity of the water. If I do think I can get away with using braid, I will use Power Pro.

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It's funny, ask a hundred people, get a hundred different answers. It's great that we live in a free country that allows us all the choices that a person could want and the possibility to make the money to purchase our choice.

For about the last 10 or 12 years I've tried one new line every year. Some were junk and came off the same day, some were okay but didn't make it on the market. Once I tried 8lb P-Line on a 65 degree day and loved it. I switched half a dozen of my rods to it the night before a tournament (Jack A__)! The morning of the tournament was in the 40's and the P-line could have been renamed Spring Line because it came off like a coil before it tangled into a mess. Nothing like respooling rods during a tournament.

Two years ago I tried Yozuri Hybrid. I love it! With the exception river fishing I use it all the time. When I fish river current I like Spider Line.

A little advise. Only try new line on 1 or 2 rods until you are sure it's a keeper.

Is it Spring yet?
 

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Eric:
The line of choice for me is one that is sensitive, has very little stretch, highly abbrasive resistant, does not absorb water and has very little memory. I use this line on all of my reels, both spinning and baitcast and use nothing but 10lb. test. McCoy (Mean Green) is the brand that I prefer. Go to their web site and get the low down, and you can find the nearest retailer that carries McCoy. You will find KD Outdoors on their list but don't go there because I have already been there and they don't carry it. Hey, it works for me and as someone else said, you ask 10 people and get 10 different answers. Try it, You'll like it!!!

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