I'd like to ask folks about their thoughts on spooling up 30-80# reels for 3-10 day long range trips.
For spectra, is it best to fill the spool completely and then run short mono or fluoro top shots? OR is it better to go with say 300 yds. of spectra, and then go with say 100 yds. mono?
While spectra is expensive, especially hollow core, I want to be sure I'm setup in the best/most flexible way.
You'll get different answers from different people. Personally, for bait rods, I fish spectra with a short (10 feet or so) flourocarbon top shot. The advantage is the the bait can swim better because spectra is lighter and drags less than mono or fluoro. On a rod dedicated to casting jigs, I install maybe 50 yards of mono so that my casts won't quite get to the connection.
Thanks for the advice. What about dropper loop setups?
This one depends upon the angler, experience and application. Most boats will prefer you run a boat length of mono/fl leader on top of your braid. It's easier on the crew should there be a tangle and easier for other anglers fishing with you. IF you are experienced, very good at keeping your bait straight out in front of you and maintaining good contact with your bait you can shorten that, but if not PLEASE run a longer topshot. Also, for some applications, say casting to wahoo and tossing iron, not bad to have 100 yards of mono on top.
For the dropper loop rig, most will run 60-80# mono. Better for abrasion than braid. Length, well it depends, but I generally set up premade wind-ons of 25-50 yards.
Price of braid, factor in that this stuff is good for up to 10 years. At that, it's a far better value than mono which is changed every year. You get back your investment in 3 years time. Hollow verses "solid" - I tend to run hollow on all my rigs these days. Knots do fine for say 50-60# and down. But, I prefer the hollow since it is:
1. Nicer on the fingers and guides, more strands = smoother feel and not as abrasive.
2. Packs down better allowing for greater capacity.
3. Packs down better reducing chances of burying the braid between strands when under load.
Thanks again for the great information!
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