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#12615023 - 02/07/18 08:47 AM Fishing with Braid
Gnab2 Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 02/10/16
Posts: 106
How many of you fish with braid? Do you use a leader of mono or fluorocarbon? I fish clear water now. I found it doesn't matter in stained water. What is your thoughts?

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#12615031 - 02/07/18 08:51 AM Re: Fishing with Braid [Re: Gnab2]
kobeer Offline
Angler

Registered: 10/30/08
Posts: 371
Loc: Burleson
i use 10lb test spiderwire. No leader what so ever in any and all water conditions and catch ton of Crappie

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#12615064 - 02/07/18 09:08 AM Re: Fishing with Braid [Re: Gnab2]
fishin'aholic2 Offline
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Registered: 11/08/07
Posts: 13848
Loc: Irving, Texas
I can't stand anything about braid. Crappie aren't line shy from my experience. I use high vis mono 99% of the time and have no problems catching them.
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#12615083 - 02/07/18 09:19 AM Re: Fishing with Braid [Re: Gnab2]
bush hog Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 06/12/13
Posts: 2648
Loc: Beckville, TX
I've got one reel spooled with braid. I've been trying it for a couple months now. I've tried it with a mono leader and tied straight to the jig. I've not really seen a difference in the bite with either set up. When tied straight to the jig you have a lot higher percentage of getting your jig back when hung up. As for sensitivity, I'm sure braid is more sensitive just from the properties of having little to no stretch but once again I cannot tell the difference. It could just be my old hands. Just my opinion, a good hi-vis mono is hard to beat but I enjoy experimenting with other ways of feeling the thump.

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#12615231 - 02/07/18 10:44 AM Re: Fishing with Braid [Re: kobeer]
crapicat Offline
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Registered: 01/23/13
Posts: 6598
Loc: Grandview, TX
10/12 pound straight braid (I like black) covers 80% of my fishing needs, seldom have to stop and re- tie, can horse the fish without concern, no need for a net, fish really heavy cover with aplomb...sensitivity, hookset is superior to other options...clear water is a problem for Braid on pressured crappie...hope this info helps...


Edited by crapicat (02/07/18 10:45 AM)

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#12615247 - 02/07/18 10:50 AM Re: Fishing with Braid [Re: Gnab2]
Fisherman Joe Offline
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Registered: 07/16/07
Posts: 135
Loc: Allen, Texas
Braid on all my reels and occasional mono leader or straight braid.
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#12615252 - 02/07/18 10:53 AM Re: Fishing with Braid [Re: Gnab2]
shutupandfish Offline
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Registered: 01/23/13
Posts: 63
I started using 10 lb braid a couple years ago. I like the sensitivity as you can feel a crappie breath on your bait. I use a tangerine colored line, but the water that I normally fish is always stained and never had any issue with the fish shying away from it. It does take some practice setting the hook as there is no stretch in the line and one can set the hook too hard.

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#12615268 - 02/07/18 11:02 AM Re: Fishing with Braid [Re: Gnab2]
Gamblinman Offline
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 11/26/02
Posts: 3633
Loc: Yantis, TX
Braid with fluorocarbon leader on all my rods except dock shooters and jig and cork. I've been practicing shooting jigs w/Power Pro Slick...seems to work ok.

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#12615328 - 02/07/18 11:35 AM Re: Fishing with Braid [Re: crapicat]
UJC Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 01/12/07
Posts: 2251
Loc: Plano, TX
Originally Posted By: crapicat
10/12 pound straight braid (I like black) covers 80% of my fishing needs, seldom have to stop and re- tie, can horse the fish without concern, no need for a net, fish really heavy cover with aplomb...sensitivity, hookset is superior to other options...clear water is a problem for Braid on pressured crappie...hope this info helps...


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#12615403 - 02/07/18 12:07 PM Re: Fishing with Braid [Re: Gnab2]
Mckinneycrappiecatcher Offline
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 12/20/10
Posts: 3734
Loc: mckinney, tx
Braid sucks. 4 lb mr crappie on the main lake no leader, when fishing cleared water, add a 4 lb fluoro leader.
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#12615435 - 02/07/18 12:19 PM Re: Fishing with Braid [Re: Gnab2]
BrazosRiverTom Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 12/15/12
Posts: 665
Loc: Mineral Wells, TX
I fish with Brad. Oh, sorry I miss read you said braid. I keep a couple of reels with braid, and use them once in a while. Most of the time I fish with Hi-Vis yellow.

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#12615532 - 02/07/18 01:26 PM Re: Fishing with Braid [Re: Gnab2]
Gnab2 Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 02/10/16
Posts: 106
I wondered what the site picture is on clear water. I have never used it and don't know anyone that uses it for crappie. I will try the straight tie of braid and then the combo of the braid and fluorocarbon combo. I will fish then exactly the same and see what happens. If all else I am on the water and not doing honey-dues.

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#12615835 - 02/07/18 04:50 PM Re: Fishing with Braid [Re: Gnab2]
Duck_Jerky Offline
TFF Celebrity

Registered: 02/21/02
Posts: 5011
Loc: Kaufman, TX
I fish 20-pound braid (6-pound diameter) on all my vertical fishing rods, and my jig/bobber rod. Only thing left with mono on it are my dock shooters (4-pound) and my slip cork rod (8-pound).

I do not use a leader...just straight braid...and catch fish in all water types all over the country wink

I'll be at Bass Pro Garland again this Friday at 7pm and Saturday at 11am and 2pm. Come on out if you can. I have a section where we talk about braids for crappie fishing.
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#12615877 - 02/07/18 05:30 PM Re: Fishing with Braid [Re: Gnab2]
Txmedic033 Offline
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 08/13/13
Posts: 4642
Loc: Longview, Tx
10 lb hi vis braid and no leader for me.

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#12615897 - 02/07/18 05:40 PM Re: Fishing with Braid [Re: Gnab2]
Bilboinsa Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 02/24/17
Posts: 102
Loc: San Antonio
Six of my reels have mono. Some came that way and I am too lazy to switch to braid. I put black braid on two others and I like it a lot. But catch-wise, I have noticed no difference.

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