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What line is everyone using to drag tubes and drop-shot for smallmouth up in the St. Clair River. I've tried mono (too stretchy), flourocarbon (too wirey), and fireline (can't see it).
 

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I have used yellow fireline or powerpro in about 14# test with a swivel and a 18" leader of mono and have done just fine with that. Maybe that would work for you. Basically, it's my walleye jigging set-up but I tie on a tube and drag that.
 

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10# Seagur floro. best i have ever used and i have been through ALOT of diffrent lines
 

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Im all for the seagar too. Best flourocarbon, softest and good with knots. I wonder how those fancy jap lines are, but at $30 for 75yrds I dont know
 

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I always use braid for draggin tubes and I prefer Suffix 10lb in the green color. The sensitivity and strength is incredible. As for drop shot, I usually run a flurocarbon line in the 8-10lb range.
 

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8lb yellow flourescent power pro sampo ballbearing swivel and 8 to 10 lb flourocarbon leader of your choice. i don't like vanish, i think seaguar is the best. i also use the swivel with the drop shot to eliminate twisting.
 

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I use Bass Pro Excel Braid, Magibraid or PowerPro. IF I use a leader it is XPS Flourocarbon.....sometimes with a SPRO swivel for dragging, always with a SPRO swivel for dropshotting.
 

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Dropshotting in that current results in immediate massive line twist if you don't use a swivel. I gave up using leaders when dragging 'cause it takes too long to rerig if (when) you snag and break off. Doesn't seem to matter to the fish. Looks like fireline crystal is the way to go. I was using the grey stuff and I can't see it at all, I need to see the line to keep it vertical. Can you see the crystal better than the grey?
 

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QUOTE(tmonaghan @ Jul 14 2009, 09:41 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Dropshotting in that current results in immediate massive line twist if you don't use a swivel. I gave up using leaders when dragging 'cause it takes too long to rerig if (when) you snag and break off. Doesn't seem to matter to the fish. Looks like fireline crystal is the way to go. I was using the grey stuff and I can't see it at all, I need to see the line to keep it vertical. Can you see the crystal better than the grey?
I switched to baitcasting gear for my drop-shot and it's been working great. No problems at all with line twist - current or no current. At least, if the line is twisting it's not giving me fits.

A client gave me a new rod instead of cash for a tip - pretty sweet deal. It's a B&R Outlaw rod, 7' lite action. So far it's working like a champ for drop-shotting.
 

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QUOTE(tmonaghan @ Jul 14 2009, 09:41 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Dropshotting in that current results in immediate massive line twist if you don't use a swivel. I gave up using leaders when dragging 'cause it takes too long to rerig if (when) you snag and break off. Doesn't seem to matter to the fish. Looks like fireline crystal is the way to go. I was using the grey stuff and I can't see it at all, I need to see the line to keep it vertical. Can you see the crystal better than the grey?

I can see it much better.
 

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@LMP Isn't tracer for baitcasting reels? I've seen it and like the concept. I went thorugh a ton of line up north fishing with my family and am about to respool a few spinning reels that got some much twist that evern dragging the line behind the boat for a mile didn't relieve the twist.......
 

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The swivel, as stated, is to eliminate (or reduce) line twist. I use about a 3-4 foot section of XPS Flouro below the swivel.

Also you dont have to be in current to get twist....it happens whenever you reel a drop shot in. And the line twist is evident on a baitcaster, it just isnt as extreme.
 
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