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Old 06-09-2011, 12:34 PM   #1
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Default New reel need to know what to spool it with.

Got a reel last weekend just a regular shimano drop reel. Not to sure what kind of line to spool it with. Just checking to see if someone has any ideas for me. I will be useing this weekend for snapper and trigger and anything else that would want to bite it. Any help is appreciated.

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Old 06-09-2011, 12:49 PM   #2
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How deep are you going to fish? If you are in under 300 feet I would use mono. Deeper I would use braid. Test I would go with 30 up to 50 for the mono.
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Old 06-09-2011, 02:28 PM   #3
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i use braid for snapper w/ a heavy flourcarbon leader and some owner hooks
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Old 06-09-2011, 05:16 PM   #4
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Get Momoni Diamond Mono in whatever test you prefer... It is pretty expensive but it is the best fishing line in the world. I have landed two 25lb kings, One 25.2 lb Bull Red (weighed exactly on my scale), a 30lb Black Drum, and MANY sharks (mostly Bulls and Blacktips) all on 15 lb Diamond Mono. The name says it all. SO strong!!

You can buy it at Bass Pro or J and M.
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I love 80 power pro with 80 mono leader . It may be a bit much but it withstands rubbing on structure.
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Old 06-10-2011, 12:37 PM   #6
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Thanks for all the replys at least i got some ideas.
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Old 06-10-2011, 01:23 PM   #7
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Not sure of the size of your reel, but from what you said I'd use 40 to 50 # Ande mono. I would never use braid for bottom fishing.
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I would use a 30-50 lb mono of your choice. Once you get the hang of it you can experiment a little more. Tight lines.



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Old 06-11-2011, 11:12 AM   #9
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I would load it with braided line - I like Jerry Brown but most others work fine, I don't like Power Pro but that's my personal preference

Why Braid - simply put line capacity at stronger test
Even though you'll be targeting "shallow" water species you never know when a big amberjack or grouper will bite and you want the line capacity and line test to stop him - getting spooled sucks
Also I don't respool annually with braid but with mono I did so over time the price balances out

Mono will work just fine though but depending on the reel you have 40-50# test line will limit your capacity.

Attach a topshot of mono to the spool and you'll still have the stretch needed for bottom fishing or anything else you decide to pursue

It would help to know what Shimano reel (line capacity ratings) you have also but I personally fish braided line on all my setups.

With all that said you'll still catch fish with either one you just have to find your comfort zone.

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Old 06-29-2011, 02:29 PM   #10
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Bigrick, what's the reason you would never use braided line for bottom fishing?

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