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#12406573 - 08/29/17 09:03 PM Favorite line weight for sunfish?
dhogdog Offline
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Registered: 01/04/11
Posts: 1196
Just curious to know what line weight most of us are using. My boys and i use 2 lb and 4 lb test line. We love ultra and micro light fishing for sunnies. We fish lures 95% of time.

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#12406712 - 08/29/17 11:55 PM Re: Favorite line weight for sunfish? [Re: dhogdog]
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Registered: 11/04/03
Posts: 800
Loc: The Republic of Texas

I use 8 lb Nanofil which has a diameter of 4 lb mono, but no stretch. I use a 15 foot leader
of 6 lb Clear Blue Stren tied to this. This set up gives me increase feel and better hook set.
I fish 95% bait.

One thing about line that I have found to be true with sunfish is that they are big time
line shy. I have done side by side tests with high visibility line and sunfish are the most
line shy fish I've ever seen. Huge reduction in bite with high vis line.
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#12406734 - 08/30/17 02:58 AM Re: Favorite line weight for sunfish? [Re: dhogdog]
jagg Offline
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Registered: 10/12/08
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Loc: South Texas
I've got three lines I use regularly for panfish. 6 lb green Nanofil, 4lb BPS Crappie Maxx camo line and 4lb and 6lb green Berkley Trilene XL. In the clear waters I like to fish, I have much more confidence in the low vis line. I can still line watch pretty good with these lines.
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#12406743 - 08/30/17 04:47 AM Re: Favorite line weight for sunfish? [Re: dhogdog]
banker-always fishing Offline
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Six pound. thumb
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#12406769 - 08/30/17 06:13 AM Re: Favorite line weight for sunfish? [Re: dhogdog]
Brad R Offline
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Registered: 03/09/15
Posts: 1572
Loc: Texas
I use 2lbs. Sufix Nanobraid (I do have 6 lbs. Nanofil on another rod I recently acquired). I have posted several comments regarding the strength of Nanobraid including a 26" catfish two days ago that ran me into the lily pads and it took me 10 or more minutes to get it out.

My impression is there isn't likely a panfish that can break 2 lbs. Nanobraid. I think it could handle even a very large crappie, bass I know so far up to 4 lbs. and now about a 5 lbs. catfish.

It claims to be 3X as strong as others in its class, whatever that means. But, I can attest to its extraordinary strength. If snagged really badly where one has to break off a lure, it is really tough to break by pulling on it. I'd say it approaches the strength of 8 lbs. mono or fluoro.

The 2 lbs. at .001" casts a mile. This is what I'd recommend if using braid. It is available all the way up to 14 lbs. test as I recall. I think you could tow a car with that!

Brad

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#12406953 - 08/30/17 10:39 AM Re: Favorite line weight for sunfish? [Re: dhogdog]
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P-Line flouroclear 6lb for the most part.

I go down to 6x in the small creeks, fish are tiny and sometimes I'm using size 18 flies.

The really light stuff is a pain
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#12407341 - 08/30/17 04:14 PM Re: Favorite line weight for sunfish? [Re: dhogdog]
Vogey Offline
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Registered: 10/31/14
Posts: 145
I use 6 lb Stren fluorocarbon...

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#12408026 - 08/31/17 07:00 AM Re: Favorite line weight for sunfish? [Re: dhogdog]
J-Moe Offline
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Registered: 04/04/14
Posts: 3136
Loc: Brenham, TX
My spinning rod is strung with either 4 or 6 lb. Trilene XL (xtra limp) monofilament. I tried several fluorocarbon lines but had constant issues with memory, twisting and knotting.

I usually carry 2 fly rods. One is setup with 6 lb. fluorocarbon for subsurface flies and one with 6 lb. mono for topwater flies.

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#12408071 - 08/31/17 07:41 AM Re: Favorite line weight for sunfish? [Re: dhogdog]
Laker One Online   content
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Registered: 07/03/11
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Loc: San Antonio TX
4 lb on the spinning reels for sunfish. 12 lb for Crappie. woot

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#12408116 - 08/31/17 08:23 AM Re: Favorite line weight for sunfish? [Re: dhogdog]
Lee Finlay Online   content
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Registered: 02/21/17
Posts: 53
Loc: Irving, Tx
Those are some fancy setups for sunfish!

I'm just now upgrading to Trilene XL.

Not trying to put anyone down, but these fish are so easy to catch, I can't see the benefit of all the fancy setups.

I think I need to go fishing with you guys to see what I'm missing out on.

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#12408204 - 08/31/17 09:44 AM Re: Favorite line weight for sunfish? [Re: Lee Finlay]
Gitter Done Offline
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Registered: 02/06/07
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Loc: San Antonio Tx.
Originally Posted By: Lee Finlay
Those are some fancy setups for sunfish!

I'm just now upgrading to Trilene XL.

Not trying to put anyone down, but these fish are so easy to catch, I can't see the benefit of all the fancy setups.

I think I need to go fishing with you guys to see what I'm missing out on.





I do not target sunfish however I have been following these guys a long time reading their post and reports. I can honestly say that these guys who target sunfish have got a very good thing going. I never knew what a Bluegill,Redear,etc was until I started following this forum. These guys catch some "HUGE"fish and some of the most beautiful fish I have ever seen. I have also seen some of the most beautiful water bodies on earth where these guys fish. I can honestly say that catching sunfish on ultralight rigs is one very fun sport. These guys are simply the BEST!


Side Note: For catfish and white bass I use 12 and 14 pound test line! I have caught my share of sunnies while fishing for my target fish and even with larger tackle they put up a fight. I will also add that sunfish are super good eating.

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#12408231 - 08/31/17 09:56 AM Re: Favorite line weight for sunfish? [Re: dhogdog]
Smurfs Offline
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Registered: 01/31/14
Posts: 2709
Loc: Fort Worth
25lb braid with a fluro leader, never know! lol breakdance
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#12408946 - 08/31/17 05:40 PM Re: Favorite line weight for sunfish? [Re: Gitter Done]
banker-always fishing Offline
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Registered: 07/12/10
Posts: 41870
Loc: Universal City Tx.
Originally Posted By: Gitter Done
Originally Posted By: Lee Finlay
Those are some fancy setups for sunfish!

I'm just now upgrading to Trilene XL.

Not trying to put anyone down, but these fish are so easy to catch, I can't see the benefit of all the fancy setups.

I think I need to go fishing with you guys to see what I'm missing out on.





I do not target sunfish however I have been following these guys a long time reading their post and reports. I can honestly say that these guys who target sunfish have got a very good thing going. I never knew what a Bluegill,Redear,etc was until I started following this forum. These guys catch some "HUGE"fish and some of the most beautiful fish I have ever seen. I have also seen some of the most beautiful water bodies on earth where these guys fish. I can honestly say that catching sunfish on ultralight rigs is one very fun sport. These guys are simply the BEST!


Side Note: For catfish and white bass I use 12 and 14 pound test line! I have caught my share of sunnies while fishing for my target fish and even with larger tackle they put up a fight. I will also add that sunfish are super good eating.




Plue #1 Gitter: I do target the Sunfish on ultralight tackle. It's the best kept secret by far! Nothing beats fishing the crystal clear water of a lake, river,pond,or creek with a fighting "Sunnie" at the end of an ultralight. It just don't get any better! thumb
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#12408993 - 08/31/17 06:16 PM Re: Favorite line weight for sunfish? [Re: dhogdog]
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Registered: 11/04/03
Posts: 800
Loc: The Republic of Texas

^^^ This !! ^^^
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#12409135 - 08/31/17 08:03 PM Re: Favorite line weight for sunfish? [Re: dhogdog]
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Registered: 04/10/11
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I only use lures so use 4 lb Trilene to ease casting. I tried 2 lb but my eyes aren't good enough to tie knots with that. frown

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