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Old 07-10-2020, 12:58 PM
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Default What fishing line do you use on Lakers ?

Its interesting to here what every one uses for fishing line when clipped into a down rigger at cold lake ...Mono or braid or other .
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Old 07-10-2020, 03:01 PM
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Unless you're talking about giant catfish or like saltwater fish, 10lb Power Pro will do EVERYTHING for you.
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Old 07-10-2020, 03:58 PM
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Braid. Especially lakers where you may need a mile of line out. Mono stretches too much. Jigging at 120 feet down you wanna feel everything. Mono hook sets suck when you have lots of line out. Go braid.
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Old 07-10-2020, 09:22 PM
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I run braid to a swivel then add 4'-8' feet of fluorocarbon. Same reasons as Talking Moose said there, with lots of line out you need to feel what's going on and be able to deliver a hard hook set sometimes. Mono is inferior in that regard.

I do tend to use a longer rod (even for jigging) to give me a little more flex and to allow for a longer leader but that's more of a personal preference thing. You can shorten it up and shorten the leader too.
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Old 07-10-2020, 09:26 PM
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Old 07-11-2020, 05:02 AM
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Both.
In the bush I run a lot of dipsy diver set ups with long rods and for those a heavy braid. The thinner diameter cuts the water well and the long rods help the line set the hook and stay tight.
For jigging my clients generally have 6-7í rods, which do not have the long bend and over time Iíve found they keep more on the line when using mono. The stretch in the mono takes the place of the long rod to some extent I think.
Not scientific, just something Iíve learned over the years watching from the back of the boat.

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Old 07-11-2020, 05:10 AM
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Braid and a 4-6 ft floro leader
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Old 07-11-2020, 05:17 AM
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On my jigging rods 30lb braid with a 6ft 20lb flouro leader for the same reason above no stretch when setting the hook. My downrigging rods 30lb mono.
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Old 07-11-2020, 05:33 AM
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On my jigging rods 30lb braid with a 6ft 20lb flouro leader for the same reason above no stretch when setting the hook. My downrigging rods 30lb mono.

Matt have you run both leader types for comparison? I run 6í or so as well trolling but Iím not caring if itís mono or Fluoro. For jigging a 16Ē piece of heavier mono or fluoro doesnít seem to matter either.

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On my jigging rods 30lb braid with a 6ft 20lb flouro leader for the same reason above no stretch when setting the hook. My downrigging rods 30lb mono.
This. I dont like braid with down riggerd. Jigging or a 3 way swivel rig is better with braid.
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Old 07-11-2020, 07:37 PM
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Matt have you run both leader types for comparison? I run 6í or so as well trolling but Iím not caring if itís mono or Fluoro. For jigging a 16Ē piece of heavier mono or fluoro doesnít seem to matter either.

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Nope sorry my previous statement read wrong. I run just strait 30lb mono on my downrigging rods. I swtiched over this season and seem to like it a little more. Just a personal preference thing but I like the little bit of stretch to assist the rod during some of those violent trolling strikes.
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Old 07-12-2020, 09:08 AM
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This. I dont like braid with down riggerd. Jigging or a 3 way swivel rig is better with braid.
Yes, that's the way I like it as well. An 8'6" medium heavy rod with mono and a lot of stretch for down rigging. I have run braid for down rigging and didn't like it as much - you need a 10' rod like a wet noodle to compensate for the lack of stretch.

Jigging is a whole different story. That's where braid shines.
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Its interesting to here what every one uses for fishing line when clipped into a down rigger at cold lake ...Mono or braid or other .
Lets here your replies
I only use Mono berkley trilene XL in 14 pound test, I have used the same brand of line for 35 years and seems to work great, I know exactly the tension before it breaks, I like to feel the stretch in the line. I know I am an odd ball but that's how I like it.
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Old 07-12-2020, 10:56 AM
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14lb fireline crystal with flouro leader for jigging. For really big trout , Athapap, I always used 17lb Silverthread mono. The stretch was an added cushion on the big fish , hook set was never a problem with good hooks
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Old 07-12-2020, 11:52 AM
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This. I dont like braid with down riggerd. Jigging or a 3 way swivel rig is better with braid.
That's an important topic actually.

I was frustrated with lighter braid in the down rigger release clips - until I went to a heavier braid. Even if you do the overhand pinch/twist method before setting your braid in the release you would still get inconsistent results.

So ..... went to 30lb braid and got the Scotty releases made for braid (they are ever so slightly different) and have not had an issue since.

Keep in mind 30lb braid is the same thickness of 10lb-12lb mono kind of thing, so it's not overkill and you get zero stretch.

If I'm in clear water and need to be 30ft behind the ball and 120' down mono sucks. I load up the rod heavy and if the trip doesn't stick him at least I am able to set the hook hard and have a hope of sticking him.

Obviously if you are only 10 back and 30 down the total stretch in mono isn't a big deal but you still don't get the loading up you would from braid as you get a "bounce" with mono when it trips or you try sticking him.
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Old 07-12-2020, 12:06 PM
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That's an important topic actually.

I was frustrated with lighter braid in the down rigger release clips - until I went to a heavier braid. Even if you do the overhand pinch/twist method before setting your braid in the release you would still get inconsistent results.

So ..... went to 30lb braid and got the Scotty releases made for braid (they are ever so slightly different) and have not had an issue since.

Keep in mind 30lb braid is the same thickness of 10lb-12lb mono kind of thing, so it's not overkill and you get zero stretch.

If I'm in clear water and need to be 30ft behind the ball and 120' down mono sucks. I load up the rod heavy and if the trip doesn't stick him at least I am able to set the hook hard and have a hope of sticking him.

Obviously if you are only 10 back and 30 down the total stretch in mono isn't a big deal but you still don't get the loading up you would from braid as you get a "bounce" with mono when it trips or you try sticking him.
Those are all valid points. You have to use what works best for you in a given situation.

The same with fluorocarbon leaders. In certain situations I use them, in others I do not. I have experimented a lot and have seen hookup ratio actually decrease (by around 30%) in some situations.

So what I use could change on any given day, but generally I will be running mono with a down rigger.
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Old 07-12-2020, 05:44 PM
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Typically mono with the downrigger. All of my trolling applications have mono involved. In freshwater it might be all mono, in the salt Iíll run a 50-100m topshot over braid because I need the line capacity of braid but I still want the stretch from the mono.
Assuming the your using the correct line rating to your strike drag and actually getting the hook set, the stretch mono provides during the fight is an advantage.
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