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I need advice on loading reels that could see either bottom fishing or trolling action. I have read where people suggest mono backing with 150 yards of braid. Then I read some who do a lot of trolling line to use braid with the mono topshot for stretch (forgiveness). So here is what I have (will have) and need advice.


I have two Penn Senators 113s with mono now. I will like purchase two Penn Squall 30 with lever drag on 7 foot rods. This will give me adequate bottom fishing gear for family and guests during snapper season. But if I try more trolling and possible go further out to catch grouper, wahoo etc., what would you suggest as the line set up....bottom fishing set up, but it could be used for trolling? What pound test?

Thank you all. :notworthy:
 

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Mono 30# just my 2 cents i would never troll with braid without a very long mono top shot. But with a long top shot bottom fishing you will not get the benefits of the braid because it will most likely never see the water.
 

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Before you buy the Pen, check Omoto reels (Google them). Shimano quality at a much lower price. I have two and love them. All my friends that try them have loved them also.
 

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For trolling, might need braid backing for capacity.

For bottom fishing, might need braid topshot for sensitivity.

My 113Hs are spooled with 30# mono. I add maybe 60 yards of 60# braid topshot for bottom fishing. It comes off if I am trolling with them.
 

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Its kind of like asking what ammo is good for elk and dove hunting. The reels can go either way easily but the line for the job is polar opposite. I would say best way to double tap would be to spool them with 50-80 lb braid and keep a 50 yd 30-40 lb mono topshot on a spool to tie in when you are trolling.
 
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