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SUBJECT: # 40120: what line??

Submitted by madbass12503 from WISCONSIN on 11/28/2009 5:33:00 PM

My dad is going to do some saltwater fishing again this year when in Florida. He just fishes from piers and last year he had ALOT of bite-offs on mono. What's good line to use on bass size spinning reels? I was thinking 30-40# braid with fluoro leader-(size?). I dont know the different species, but he said they are mostly under 10# fish.

  1. 12/3/2009 1:44:00 PM Submitted by Gene from GA says 20# big game line
    is what I use 90% of the time. I have never used braid, but that with the flouro leader is a good choice. bluefish, and Spanish macs will bit through most lines, even the small fish. I would try what you describe, but get ready to put some wire on if he starts to get cut off.

    Have him hit a local tackle shack or even a Walmart when he is down there, and get some metal pre made leaders or some single strand wire and learn to do the "haywire twist" to the wire. Its easy to do, but hard to explain, google "haywire twist" and see if you can find a how to site.

    He might want to take one of his flipping sticks with him. I use them most of the time down here, esp on a pier. The length will allow for longer casts. That with an Abu Garcia 5500 or 6500 works great. A gentle spray with a garden hose after each use and it will be ok, do not use much pressure with the hose, it will force the salt into the reel, we just want to dilute it.


  2. 2/1/2010 4:42:00 PM Submitted by T-Boy from GA says Pier Fishing
    What he is fishing for decides the line to use.

    Most likely if he was using bubble rigs, spoons, or Gotchas he was being bit off by Spanish Mackerels.

    He needs a 40 to 50lb Mono leader tied to 10 to 12lb mono main line.

    I also used light 18lb sevenstrand wire leader when the fish were biting in schools and they still bit very good.

    They won't bite through wire very much but supposedly it hurts the bit because they see the wire. When they are feeding good you can use a rope and they will still bite.

    If he was catching King Macks he has to use at least 27 lb WIRE leader or be very lucky not to get bitten off.

    Reds and Blues don't have sharp teeth but I would use at least 10 on the blues and 15 on the reds.

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