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Line class in heavy timber #12468690
10/17/17 02:48 PM
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I know there are quite a few guys here that consistently catch big blues in heavy timber. I am curious what weight class you're using for main-line. Mono or braid? I truly don't want to see a debate about what is best, mono or braid. I'd just like to hear what each toad fishermen personally prefer for getting them turned? This isn't a right or wrong thread. Just a curiosity question! Thanks is advance, Curtis!


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Re: Line class in heavy timber [Re: Littlefeather] #12468874
10/17/17 04:45 PM
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I still use 25lb mono for the main line. only thing I may change is leader line to 80lb and change weight style. I see view losing a few fish and rigs as part of the fun and the hunt.

Re: Line class in heavy timber [Re: Littlefeather] #12469196
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30lb stren cat mono. 50lb leader but going to an 80 after breaking off a few to many.


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Re: Line class in heavy timber [Re: clk] #12469225
10/17/17 09:59 PM
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Originally Posted By: clk
30lb stren cat mono. 50lb leader but going to an 80 after breaking off a few to many.


You're breaking your leader before your main line?

Re: Line class in heavy timber [Re: Littlefeather] #12469232
10/17/17 10:05 PM
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I like 25# main line with a 50# leader. Don’t usually break many off especially since I went to medium rods.
I try not to horse a fish if it gets hung. Just let it set with a tight line then after awhile loosen it off to slack. Lots of times it will work itself loose.


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Re: Line class in heavy timber [Re: Littlefeather] #12469252
10/17/17 10:38 PM
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Thanks for the replies so far! I'm playing with Trilene big game mono @ 30# on the 6500's and 65# Power Pro braid on my 7000c3's. I'm not real used to big fish in timber but am familiar with dragging beasts off structure in the Gulf. I'm not horsing any fish just concerned with fish going around stumps and logs without break-off's. These reels drag strength is nowhere near 65# so just wondering what toad hunters were using. Jlowe? Any line info? thanks


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Re: Line class in heavy timber [Re: Littlefeather] #12469336
10/18/17 12:08 AM
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I stick with 25-30lb mono main line and 50lb mono leaders. It definitely has enough strength to pull the big boys away from cover. When I do break off though, it's usually always my main line.

Re: Line class in heavy timber [Re: Littlefeather] #12469394
10/18/17 12:40 AM
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Thanks!


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Re: Line class in heavy timber [Re: Littlefeather] #12469547
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Leader takes more abuse then main line. When they rap up all the strain is on the leader instead of the drag.


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Re: Line class in heavy timber [Re: Littlefeather] #12469827
10/18/17 01:05 PM
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If I fished heavy timber primarily, I prob would switch to braid, 80lb. And, I would run 60lb leaders.

We run 30lb mono, 60lb leaders and change leaders weekly.


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Re: Line class in heavy timber [Re: Littlefeather] #12469843
10/18/17 01:18 PM
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I like 35 to 50 lb braid depending on what reel and good old Ugly Stik MH rods. Get em up on top quick and let em roll.


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Re: Line class in heavy timber [Re: Muzzlebrake] #12469901
10/18/17 01:49 PM
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30 pound mono with 50 pound mono leader. If you aint won the direction battle soon after hookup in timber, it becomes a battle of finesse to ease em out! smile My largest kitty had almost spooled a reel in heavy timber before I noticed it. Clicker not set and drag was light. Line was just slowly going out. I got that rascal out of that timber but it took awhile. Just steady pressure and ease em out. smile

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Re: Line class in heavy timber [Re: Littlefeather] #12470084
10/18/17 03:56 PM
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We can sit here all day and tell each other what we feel would be the best tackle to use to fight toad blue kitty in their living rooms but the truth is, no matter what we say or do can make a fisherman truly understand and feel comfortable with the tactics needed to pull a monster off it's sofa. To really get it down you have to become one with the Jungle. Lol!!!! You have to sacrafice years of your life and dedicate it to doing nothing but that and trying to find that one fish that will show you how it's done and make you a true believer. If you do it long enough, it will eventually happen but unfortunately you will come home with just a story that most people will say didn't happen. They'll tell you you hooked a huge gar, a monster turtle, a mean flathead or a 10 foot alligator took your kitty cat. If you stop chasing them, you will eventually believe them, but don't do it... Stay the course!!! For when you actually catch a glimpse of the fish that keeps sending you back to kindergarten, then and only then will you change and know what you gotta use and feel comfortable with it for the rest of your life...

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Re: Line class in heavy timber [Re: Littlefeather] #12470460
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I was wondering what you guys used in heavy brush. I like 30 lb mono for my handlines, jugs and such. It pulls them right out of the brush. Easy on my hands too.


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Re: Line class in heavy timber [Re: Littlefeather] #12477434
10/24/17 09:11 PM
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What ever you do don't use any of that Academy Pro Cat hi-vis green braid. Unless of course you want a green sticky plastic like stuff glued to your eyelets, level wind guide or spinner bail. This stuff may be strong but its pure junk for casting and retrieve. Forget about casting into a wind with a spinner rig too. Not sure what kind of coating is on this line but most of it comes off on your equipment.


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