Do you love big bluegill?
I've pretty much used nothing but braid, for everything from Bluegill to Sturgeon, for the last 15 years. Granted, I'm sponsored by Western Filament, makers of the best braided line available ;) > TUF-Line..... but even if I weren't sponsored, I'm so hooked on braid, I'd pay whatever I had to, to keep using using it.
I use 2/12 on my micro-lights, as it's thin enough to put about 200 yards on a 1000 series reel, + it's very well suited to a rod rated for 1-4, or 2-6 lb mono (with zero stretch, a soft, forgiving rod is a plus).
Of course my leaders can be anything from 4lb mono for Sunfish, up to 50 lb braid for Sturgeon.
Anyway, are you a braid fisherman ?
Thanks guys :)
Hey Anthony, TUF-Line actually makes a 6 lb braid now (Duracast) but I haven't tried it yet. That would be as easy (and cheap :)) as a phone call.... But Im so comfortable with my TUF-Plus 12.... not to mention, only the TUF Plus is available in white, which I greatly prefer for line visibility on my end. And since I always use a leader of one sort or the other, line vis at the fishes end is never a concern.
Still, at least for sunfish, I'm curious now about that 6lb Duracast....
Hey 2lb, what brand / lb test braid do you use ???
I have been using Fireline lately and really like the strength/diameter ratio that braid gives you as well as how supple the braid is. The fact that the braid has no memory is a bonus for me. In addition, the strength of the braid will aid if you are lucky enough to get a bite from a larger species of fish than what you initially targeted.
I especially like braid for spinning reels in higher test lines. Just put some 50# on a older Mitchell and have had some bad line twist problems. We have been targeting garfish so the heavy line is needed with a wire leader. Wish I would have spent enough to get braid to begin with.
I switched to 8lb power pro a couple of years back and love it, 1lb diameter and if i hook in to a blue cat or a small mouth I know ive got the line to handle it also...and NO MORE LINE TWIST!!! Just a wind knot every know and then...
Maybe I've just been living under a rock, but I didn't know you could use braid on a spinning reel.
On a related note, I've been considering trying a baitcasting reel for the first time, to replace a somewhat ailing old spincast reel on a baitcasting rod. Any n00b pointers from those of you using casting gear? Should I use mono or braid? Or flourocarbon?
Anyone familiar with this reel?
i don't expect a lot for that price, but many of the reviewers say the anti-backlash mechanism works and it's a good reel for the baitcasting beginner. I don't know what Shakespeare reels are like nowadays, but I still have and use a Shakespeare spinning reel that I saved up for when I was in 7th or 8th grade (about 35 years ago). It has all of its original parts, still works great, and the only piece of plastic in it anywhere is the drag adjustment knob. I hope they still build reels that way, but wonder if anyone actually does.
i've used baitcasters plenty for bigger fish, bass, pike, and the like. but if you're looking to throw small lures, less than a quarter ounce, a spinning reel or a spincast reel is the way to go. when trying to throw the smaller lures with a baitcaster, the lure is to lite to get the reel spool moving, and that is what releases the line as you cast. to much resistance to cast far. i had a shakespeare baitcaster many years ago and found it to be worthless for casting anything but the heaviest baits. i was fortunate enough to become the owner of 3 sizes of Abu Garcia C-3 and C-4 reels, a 6500 C-3, a 5500 C-3 and a 4600C-4 all of which cast very well when balanced with a good rod and good line. i've found the 4600 c-4 to be my go to setup for throwing 1/4 oz. crankbaits, but when i start getting smaller than that, the backlashes get overly annoying. but, if you have the money, by all means, buy the setup! another rod is always welcome, and if it doesn't fit the need you bought it for, then thats a perfect reason for expanding your fishing horizons!!
Good luck and let me know how it works out for you.