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#11163527 - 10/14/15 11:07 AM Heaviest line for bluegill?
WillieRip Offline
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What's the heaviest line you guys have used for bluegill?
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#11163537 - 10/14/15 11:12 AM Re: Heaviest line for bluegill? [Re: WillieRip]
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I have caught them on up to 15# but that was bass fishing.

When I target Sunfish on fly, it's normally 6# fluoro

8# mono for topwater because there is a lot of bass by catch.
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#11163632 - 10/14/15 11:50 AM Re: Heaviest line for bluegill? [Re: WillieRip]
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I wondered if 8 lbs would work. I've been doing some drifting in rocky areas for bream and 4 lbs line it too light. I think 8 lbs would be perfect.
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#11165117 - 10/14/15 07:13 PM Re: Heaviest line for bluegill? [Re: WillieRip]
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My standard weight line for bluegill is 8 lb Blue Stren. I have gone down to 4 for special purposes.

The main reason I use 8 lb is it's easier to manage, tying knots, etc.
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#11165255 - 10/14/15 07:53 PM Re: Heaviest line for bluegill? [Re: WillieRip]
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I use 6 lbs because its easy to cast but 8 is also good.
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#11165934 - 10/15/15 07:16 AM Re: Heaviest line for bluegill? [Re: WillieRip]
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I use six pound! Works GREAT! thumb
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#11166281 - 10/15/15 09:33 AM Re: Heaviest line for bluegill? [Re: banker-always fishing]
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I have switched to 10 pound braided PowerPro. It is the same diameter as 2 pound mono.

PowerPro braided line is strong, easy to cast and flexible. It has two downsides: it is easier to tangle and harder to untangle, and it requires different knots. It is also very expensive line but it lasts well.

Before going to braided line I used 6 pound mono.
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#11166429 - 10/15/15 10:24 AM Re: Heaviest line for bluegill? [Re: WillieRip]
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Everything I read is that bluegill/sunfish are line shy so I've tried to size down. I've used 4 lb. and 6 lb. monofilament on my light spinning gear. I'm currently using 6 lb. mono but have been experimenting with fluorocarbon and hybrid lines.

On my fly rod I use either 4 lb. mono or 6 lb. fluorocarbon tippet for underwater flies. I use 8 lb. mono tippet for my top water flies.

My big question is still, Do bluegill see a mono line better than the supposedly invisible fluorocarbon? Or is the actual displacement of the water by any line a factor?

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#11166559 - 10/15/15 11:28 AM Re: Heaviest line for bluegill? [Re: WillieRip]
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J-Moe, I don't know. I like the way 4 lbs line casts on my spinning set up. I seem to get more bites with 4 lbs mono. I used to have fluoro, but it seemed to twist up too bad for me.

I've caught may bluegillon 6 lb hi-vis line, but the 4 lb. seems out out perform it every time.
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#11166761 - 10/15/15 01:02 PM Re: Heaviest line for bluegill? [Re: WillieRip]
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100lb power pro. it has the same diameter as 20lb mono. iv had to use my gar rod to catch perch for bait when the gar didnt want my "other"bait on more than one occasion. normaly i use 8lb mono on my zebco 33 #10 crickett hook baited with nightcrawlers rigged weightless

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#11166833 - 10/15/15 01:34 PM Re: Heaviest line for bluegill? [Re: gar1970]
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Originally Posted By: gar1970
100lb power pro. it has the same diameter as 20lb mono. iv had to use my gar rod to catch perch for bait when the gar didnt want my "other"bait on more than one occasion. normaly i use 8lb mono on my zebco 33 #10 crickett hook baited with nightcrawlers rigged weightless




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Side Note: You do catch some BIG Gar! coolio
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#11166844 - 10/15/15 01:40 PM Re: Heaviest line for bluegill? [Re: WillieRip]
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Originally Posted By: WillieRip
J-Moe, I don't know. I like the way 4 lbs line casts on my spinning set up. I seem to get more bites with 4 lbs mono. I used to have fluoro, but it seemed to twist up too bad for me.

I've caught may bluegillon 6 lb hi-vis line, but the 4 lb. seems out out perform it every time.


I actually seemed to have more success using 4 lb. mono tippets than 6 lb. fluorocarbon tippets, but I can't quantify that.

I tried the 6 lb. p-line on my spinning gear and it twisted so bad I had to cut it off after 2 fishing trips. I bought some other pure fluorocarbon but haven't tried it yet.

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#11167200 - 10/15/15 04:30 PM Re: Heaviest line for bluegill? [Re: WillieRip]
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Which P-Line Jamie? I use the Fluoroclear in Mist Green without issues.
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#11167279 - 10/15/15 05:12 PM Re: Heaviest line for bluegill? [Re: Fitz®]
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We do use the 6lb when 4lb is out of stock, but have caught numerous ten pound plus fish of various species accidentally with the four. It's extraordinarily strong for the diameter.



Edited by highcountry (10/15/15 05:22 PM)
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#11167670 - 10/15/15 08:44 PM Re: Heaviest line for bluegill? [Re: WillieRip]
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It was the standard p-line on sale at Gander mountain. Right away, while stringing it up, I could tell it was extremely springy. It twisted very badly after just a few casts. I didn't try the premium p-line. Thanks for the info.

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