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#12203181 - 04/17/17 01:34 PM Braid Vs Fluro for swim jigs
Isaiah Bock Offline
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I fish clear water to stained water usually a couple feet of visibility. Who makes the best braid and why and what braid it the least visible in the water?
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#12203295 - 04/17/17 02:26 PM Re: Braid Vs Fluro for swim jigs [Re: Isaiah Bock]
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For swim jigs, in general, I like regular Power Pro in 40-50lb test to 17lb Pline CXX leader.
Regular Power Pro without a leader around pads/heavy vegetation. I've also used the Power Pro super slick for heavy swim jigs in deep open water, but the super slick is even more of a pain in wind.

There might be better braid lines out there (Power Pro Maxcuatro or Suffix 832), but regular Power Pro works well for me, it's relatively cheap, and it's widely available.
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#12203626 - 04/17/17 05:44 PM Re: Braid Vs Fluro for swim jigs [Re: Isaiah Bock]
bigbass94 Offline
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Personally, I prefer fluorocarbon for swim jigs, and I'll tell you why. The thing about a swim jig is, you have to really wait until you feel the weight of the fish to set the hook, kinda like a frog. If you set the hook right away, you'll miss a lot of fish. Everyone knows that braid zero stretch, fluorocarbon has only a little bit of stretch, and monofilament has a considerable amount of stretch. Using braid will rip the bait out of the fish's mouth, especially if you don't wait long enough to set the hook. Fluorocarbon has just enough stretch to allow the fish to inhale the bait. If you're fishing around heavy cover just bump up to a heavier line size.
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#12203713 - 04/17/17 06:41 PM Re: Braid Vs Fluro for swim jigs [Re: Isaiah Bock]
Fast Lane Offline
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I use 30-40 lb Stren Braid. Regardless of water clarity. My brother uses Fluoro. Catch rate is the same.

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#12203730 - 04/17/17 06:55 PM Re: Braid Vs Fluro for swim jigs [Re: Isaiah Bock]
N7Bassin Offline
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Power Pro
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#12204008 - 04/17/17 08:51 PM Re: Braid Vs Fluro for swim jigs [Re: Isaiah Bock]
stetson Offline
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Fluro all the way
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#12204191 - 04/17/17 10:25 PM Re: Braid Vs Fluro for swim jigs [Re: Isaiah Bock]
Sunbae Offline
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Registered: 04/12/16
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Loc: Coppell, TX
I use 20 lb Suffix 832 for most of my casting setups, which range from 3/16 oz T-Rigs to 5" swimbaits. I fish mostly open water though so I don't need anything much heavier, and I typically don't have to worry about water clarity in most of waters in Texas, so I opt not to use leaders. If I do use a leader, I'll use 10 - 12 lb fluoro for finesse, 15 - 17 for most everything else.

If 20 is sounding too light, 30# isn't bad although 50 and 65 is probably best for heavy cover. I use Suffix 832 for my 20 and 30# and PowerPro for 50-65.
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#12204193 - 04/17/17 10:26 PM Re: Braid Vs Fluro for swim jigs [Re: Isaiah Bock]
catslayer Offline
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Registered: 03/03/08
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Loc: Straight outa Johnson county.....
Braid all the way... gama 40 lb and every pro Ive watched vids on doing it has been braid. Randal Tharp in the forest wood and Jason Christie when he won a few years ago come to mind... but seen others

IMHO if your going slow enough with a swim jig for them to get a good look, you probably just should be throwing a swim bait.


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#12208852 - 04/20/17 02:22 PM Re: Braid Vs Fluro for swim jigs [Re: Isaiah Bock]
TigersWhiteSon Offline
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Registered: 06/17/12
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Loc: San Marcos
talked to some college anglers the other day and they suggested fluro

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