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Old 10-06-2012, 08:08 PM   #1
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Hey everyone, I have been considering spoiling my 6/0 Penn with braid when I get home. Now my question is coming from some reading I have been doing and would like to see if my plan is a good idea or not. What I read said to leave a mono "core" on the spool and splice the rest with braid so that it doesn't slip?!?! So I was going to leave three or four layers of mono and spool the rest with about 300 yds of 50 pound mono. Does this sound right?

My next question is about hooks.... I'm planning on doing some bottom fishing not too far out but a few miles out of east pass in destin. Should I go with circle hooks or regular j hooks? I'll be using a mix of live and cut bait. I was also reading that with braid you should use a flouro leader? I mainly spearfish but am trying to get into this a little, any info would be appreciated!

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You have to use circles for reef fishing.
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You have to use circles for reef fishing.
Yup, its the law, any type of fishing for reef fish must be with circle hooks...and although the party boats don't use braid, they sure don't use flouro either and they are plenty successful. Keep it cheap but have the flouro as a backup in case the fish are picky that day, especially on public reefs.
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And some 6/0's have textured spools, which eliminates the need for a mono base with the braid.
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The mono isn't necessary under the braid unless you are just trying to cut down on the capacity of the expensive braid. A wrap of electrical or duct tape will solve the slippage issue.

You HAVE to use circle hooks legally when reef and bottom fishing.
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Ok awesome, is there a different techniques as far as setting circles? I seem to remember something about they almost set themselves? I will go straight braid then with a leader. Thank you for the input. Spearing is soooo much easier, doesn't matter if they are hungry or not they always take a spear!! Haha
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Ok sounds good and 50# braid should be plenty correct?
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Are you talking about capacity or strength? You'll have more than enough on the spool. You should be able to put 1000 yds of 50 lb on there. As far as strength, I use 50 lb on all of mine and have never had a problem.
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I was talking about strength. Wow I had no idea it would hold 1000 yds!!! Good lord.... I'll be spoiling forever!!! Haha
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