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#12262495 - 05/25/17 11:14 AM What size braid is best
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I throw mostly swim jigs,Chatterbaits, and carolina rig. What size braid?
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#12262500 - 05/25/17 11:18 AM Re: What size braid is best [Re: Isaiah Bock]
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Depending on cover. 40lb to 50lb
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#12262507 - 05/25/17 11:22 AM Re: What size braid is best [Re: Isaiah Bock]
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65lb

That said, I would throw those baits on flourocarbon unless you are fishing really heavy cover, but even then...

Tie some 15lb flouro on and maybe 17-20 for the Crig with a lighter leader. Of those 3 techniques, braid makes the most sense on the Crig with a different type of leader.


Edited by criglizard (05/25/17 11:26 AM)

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#12262537 - 05/25/17 11:48 AM Re: What size braid is best [Re: Isaiah Bock]
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Tried braid for main line on C-rig last week. After snapping 2 leaders on fish, I realized you have to either not set the hook very hard or back the drag waaay off! I don't think I will use braid again for c-rig, too many breaking points on that rig and braid is not forgiving, guess I don't see the advantage. I was only using 30 lb braid to 15 lb Floro leader. Back to 17 lb Floro main with 15 lb big game leader.

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#12262540 - 05/25/17 11:52 AM Re: What size braid is best [Re: Brent S]
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Originally Posted By: Brent S
Depending on cover. 40lb to 50lb


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#12262595 - 05/25/17 12:16 PM Re: What size braid is best [Re: Isaiah Bock]
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i don't understand...why do you use 65lb braid and tie a 15lb leader to it...???...what's the point of the braid???
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#12262602 - 05/25/17 12:20 PM Re: What size braid is best [Re: crapyetr]
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You're using it as filler to take up space on the spool. Plus it's cheap and has great sensitivity. I've fished it both ways, straight 20lb flouro, or braid to a flouro leader. The fact that I can get my swivel and expensive tungsten weight back makes it worth it to fish braid. That, plus the added sensitivity. As far as line size goes, I use whatever size is closest in diameter to the leader I'm using.


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#12262702 - 05/25/17 01:26 PM Re: What size braid is best [Re: Isaiah Bock]
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I use Fluoro 90% of time on a c-rig, but I will use braid for the main line when I start getting into the 25 foot range. To me, it is much more sensitive. I can feel the bottom better, especially if there is 1 oz tungsten weight on there. I ease into the hooksets because as stated earlier, it will break off.
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#12262708 - 05/25/17 01:29 PM Re: What size braid is best [Re: Isaiah Bock]
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For me, it's 65 lb. for heavy vegetation bait casting reels and 20 lb. for spinning reels.
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#12262725 - 05/25/17 01:38 PM Re: What size braid is best [Re: crapyetr]
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Originally Posted By: crapyetr
i don't understand...why do you use 65lb braid and tie a 15lb leader to it...???...what's the point of the braid???
It's not just about line strength. Someone else mentioned, braid as the main line allows for a much better feel on what's going on at the weight (bottom comp, cover, etc.). Also, if you get wrapped around a bush, tree, or whatever getting a fish in, braid is usually much better at not getting sheared off.

Little flex, good abrasion resistance are 2 reasons why braid is sometimes the best choice.

I agree, 65lb is usually a good choice. But lighter tests (30 is the lightest I go) work well too depending on the situation.

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#12262777 - 05/25/17 02:21 PM Re: What size braid is best [Re: Isaiah Bock]
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Registered: 06/11/13
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Loc: Midland Texas
swim jigs I throw on 17lb Flouro, but I will occasionally throw them on braid if I am fishing heavy vegetation. As far as Carolina rigs, I quit using braid a long time ago for the main line because I felt as if I broke off more than I do with 20lb flouro. Im not sure if it was getting cut from shell beds, rocks, beads breaking, idk but I do know I hate losing tungsten weights and having to re tie the whole thing realmad

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#12262992 - 05/25/17 04:38 PM Re: What size braid is best [Re: RedRanger]
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Originally Posted By: RedRanger
Originally Posted By: Brent S
Depending on cover. 40lb to 50lb


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#12263353 - 05/25/17 08:50 PM Re: What size braid is best [Re: Isaiah Bock]
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Loc: McKinney, TX
I'd recommend 40lb and 65 if flipping or throwing into heavy cover

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#12263382 - 05/25/17 09:12 PM Re: What size braid is best [Re: Minner Bucket]
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Originally Posted By: dmr183
Tried braid for main line on C-rig last week. After snapping 2 leaders on fish, I realized you have to either not set the hook very hard or back the drag waaay off! I don't think I will use braid again for c-rig, too many breaking points on that rig and braid is not forgiving, guess I don't see the advantage. I was only using 30 lb braid to 15 lb Floro leader. Back to 17 lb Floro main with 15 lb big game leader.


Why did you use a flouro leader with braid and mono leader with flouro main line? You should have stuck with mono leader on the braid, bet you wouldn't have broken off so easy.

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#12263388 - 05/25/17 09:16 PM Re: What size braid is best [Re: Isaiah Bock]
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40lb

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