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#12607274 - 02/02/18 11:54 AM Light Line Issue
Dan_n_Texas Offline
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I've read a great deal how we should use light line (2, 4, and 6 lb.) when fishing for crappie. I tried a 6 lb. monofilament on a 12 ft. crappie pole and continually broke fish off.

Perhaps I'm "horsing" them in too much. Raised with the attitude of "get them in quick before they come off".

Perhaps I should not use a palomar knot that I always use.

Any suggestions on how to fix this problem?
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#12607289 - 02/02/18 11:58 AM Re: Light Line Issue [Re: Dan_n_Texas]
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Check the pole line guides... I keep breaking off last year and found I had a broken guide that was nicking the line
I have been using the same spool of 6 lb mr crappie hi vis for a few years and it holds up well, as long as there are no nicks and a re-tie after a few fish
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#12607297 - 02/02/18 12:00 PM Re: Light Line Issue [Re: Dan_n_Texas]
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I don’t have any issues with 4 lb mr crappie line. My guess is you one of the insert in a rod eye gone.
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#12607299 - 02/02/18 12:01 PM Re: Light Line Issue [Re: Dan_n_Texas]
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Start using a 10# or lighter braid with a 10# test mono or fluorocarbon leader and go to slinging!
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#12607501 - 02/02/18 01:44 PM Re: Light Line Issue [Re: Dan_n_Texas]
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Use a high quality sensitive rod with 6-8# fluorocarbon line like Seaguar invizx and you can feel a baby shad poot on your bait.
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#12607527 - 02/02/18 01:50 PM Re: Light Line Issue [Re: Dan_n_Texas]
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I've had several issues with Cheap mono breaking off. I started buying the high quality ones and never broke off since. I also have drag set to feel the fight a little coz I enjoy it these days as opposed to "horsing" to land them quickly as possible. I am a fan of braid now but use mono or flouro leader using albright/alberto knot to join line and uni knot to secure jig to the line.


Edited by Fisherman Joe (02/03/18 08:58 AM)
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#12607732 - 02/02/18 03:24 PM Re: Light Line Issue [Re: Dan_n_Texas]
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IMO...you certainly change your mindset when fishing lighter lines. I shoot docks with 4-pound exclusively...but I am in no hurry to get the fish to the boat. That's the beauty of it...man's struggle vs the fish on light line.

A 12' rod has A LOT of power potential on a fish...regardless of line size, so yeah I'd recommend just letting the fish dictate the fight, and enjoy the ride wink
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#12607790 - 02/02/18 03:55 PM Re: Light Line Issue [Re: Dan_n_Texas]
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Also make sure your drag is set loose. If it is too tight, the fish will break you off with that light of line.
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#12607918 - 02/02/18 05:29 PM Re: Light Line Issue [Re: Dan_n_Texas]
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Dan, in addition to the aforementioned advice, which I agree with...you need to consider what type of cover you are fishing. Heavy cover will require heavy line, open water is good with light line.

Personally, I always take three poles (minimum). One spooled with 12/20 lb Braid; one spooled with 6/8 mono or co-polymer; and one with 2/4 lb mono....then I use the pole that the cover dictates. Personally, I prefer Braid for most structure, the 6/8 when tightlining on bottom, and the light stuff under/around bridges,or fish suspended under Shad, but that is just me. All my reels are set to a light drag..hence a 12 inch crappie will make my fishing buddy’s take notice, and anything over 13 will have them grabbing the net...assuming I got one in the boat (usually don’t) or reaching to lip the fish in the water. Also, I use an improved clinch knot, regardless of the type line.

One more suggestion that I learned from Chris Waters while fishing on Ray Roberts.(and after I argued/disagreed with him on the subject)...when Zebra mussels are plentiful in a lake, 12lb super duper copolymer is A good choice! Anyway, hope this information helps.


Edited by crapicat (02/02/18 05:32 PM)

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#12620262 - 02/10/18 09:45 AM Re: Light Line Issue [Re: ACAMS]
Dan_n_Texas Offline
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Originally Posted By: ACAMS
Use a high quality sensitive rod with 6-8# fluorocarbon line like Seaguar invizx and you can feel a baby shad poot on your bait.

Bought some 6 Pound Seaguar Invizx line and spooled it in the reel of my 12' crappie pole. Also, placed about 6' of it on my other rod (with 10 pound line) as a leader.

Wow! That line is so thin and clear it was hard to see when changing the line.
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#12621116 - 02/10/18 08:10 PM Re: Light Line Issue [Re: Dan_n_Texas]
DNA Offline
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If there is no problem on rod guide, just change line with the high quality one.

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#12621151 - 02/10/18 08:40 PM Re: Light Line Issue [Re: Duck_Jerky]
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#12622487 - 02/11/18 05:43 PM Re: Light Line Issue [Re: Dan_n_Texas]
ACAMS Offline
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Originally Posted By: Dan_n_Texas
Bought some 6 Pound Seaguar Invizx line and spooled it in the reel of my 12' crappie pole. Also, placed about 6' of it on my other rod (with 10 pound line) as a leader.

Wow! That line is so thin and clear it was hard to see when changing the line.


Sounds line he found his new line!!!!!

Actually, I use Berkley Vanish on some of my reels and like it too, but anything over 12# test gets Seaguar InvizX
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