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Old 01-11-2016, 01:23 PM   #1
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Default Spooling 80W's for Marlin?

We are trying to get a little deeper in the Marlin game this year. We've picked up a few 80w's to use for slow trolling large live baits (tuna...etc).

I'm thinking 200lb braid backing with a few hundred yards of 130lb mono on top?

I have the braid already picked out, but have no idea which mono to get. Any suggestions?

Before I pull the trigger on the line, wanted to bounce if off you guys to see if I was heading in a good direction.

Thanks for any input!
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We use Momoi Hi-Catch IGFA. We run 150 yards of 'Top Shot'. Order it from Tackle Warehouse.

Amilan-T II is also a very good 'Top Shot' line. Very durable. Usually order it from Melton's International.

Both these are 'pre-tested' lines that will conform to IGFA rules.

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I agree with above for the most part but would suggest taking them to a local shop to be spooled. They should have the line in stock and that 200lb backing needs to go on super tight with a machine.
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I agree with above for the most part but would suggest taking them to a local shop to be spooled. They should have the line in stock and that 200lb backing needs to go on super tight with a machine.
No doubt, we will be having the line put on with a machine. While we're on the subject, I've read anywhere from 5-10lbs of drag when spooling the braid. Anyone have any recommendations on how tight to really put it on?
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We use Momoi Hi-Catch IGFA. We run 150 yards of 'Top Shot'. Order it from Tackle Warehouse.

Amilan-T II is also a very good 'Top Shot' line. Very durable. Usually order it from Melton's International.

Both these are 'pre-tested' lines that will conform to IGFA rules.
If we don't plan on any IFGA tournaments, is there any reason to use IFGA tested lines?
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Also, on the mono, any reason to use another color than clear? I could see the benefit of going with a hi-vis yellow, but would it affect the fish shyness of the line any? Our live bait leaders are 300lb flouro.
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If we don't plan on any IFGA tournaments, is there any reason to use IFGA tested lines?
No there isn't unless you plan on going for a record of some sort.

We use 100 # for top shot on our 80s.
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130 or 200# hollow core with mono top shot spliced in
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The colored line doesn't bother the fish if you are using a long leader.
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10 lbs of drag coming off the machine is what I do. Also wax the spool and the first 100' or more of the braid. This will help stop corrosion on the spool because the braid will hold water.
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