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Spooling Braid On Baitcaster

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How do you guys spool your baitcaster? Do you use pure braid to spool onto your baitcaster or spool in mono or flouro first then connect braid onto the mono or fluro?

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You really don't need more than 75 or 80 yards of braid. 

The backing can be any cheap mono.

 

 

 

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Compared to cheap mono, braid is expensive.  Just as RW said above, I spool on cheap mono as a backing, then spool on the braid.  Most braid comes in 125 yard spools, so I use about half a spool per reel.  Braided line will last for years.  When it starts to show its age, all you have to do is switch ends.

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X3 on backing w/ mono.

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X4

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I use the entire filler spool of PE line per reel.

 

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I must be the only person that doesn't use a mono backing on my reels.  I guess I want as few knots and as few connections as possible.  I understand the expense, but by the time my gear has sat all winter I want to know that my line is fresh and in 1 continuous piece.

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The problem you encounter alot with running straight braid is it will slip on the spool.

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I must be the only person that doesn't use a mono backing on my reels. I guess I want as few knots and as few connections as possible. I understand the expense, but by the time my gear has sat all winter I want to know that my line is fresh and in 1 continuous piece.

My thoughts exactly. I only get so much time on the water, and I'm not going to waste any of it with extra knots to deal with, insufficient amounts of line spooled after a couple trips, etc. And for as much as a lot of people, myself included, spend on rods, reels, and lures, braid isn't that terribly expensive. And when you consider how long it lasts in comparison to monofilament, it is an even better deal.

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About the only reason I use backing is a 150yd spool wont fill my spools so mono is used to be able to fill it.

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In all my years of fishing rods with 75yards of braid I have never had a fish pull line out where I could see the knot where the braid and mono meet. Im not talking about just bass fishing Im talking about inshore fishing whre fish will run alot further then any bass.

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The problem you encounter alot with running straight braid is it will slip on the spool.

Tape the braid to your spool...Problem solved...

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I use cheap mono backing because it makes it easy to spool the right amount of braid - just spool that cheap stuff till your reel is full, then go outside (to the park if you live in an apartment) and tie the line to a tree, mailbox, etc. and walk back longer than your longer cast and add some more for good measure. Cut the mono there and tie in the Braid and fill it back up.
I've never been "spooled" either, and using 60-80 yards of the "good stuff" instead of spooling the whole reel really helps stretch the line budget. When it gets where I can see the backing on long casts it's just time to fill it up again - no big deal.

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I use cheap mono backing because it makes it easy to spool the right amount of braid - just spool that cheap stuff till your reel is full, then go outside (to the park if you live in an apartment) and tie the line to a tree, mailbox, etc. and walk back longer than your longer cast and add some more for good measure.

I've never been "spooled" either, and using 60-80 yards of the "good stuff" instead of spooling the whole reel really helps stretch the line budget. When it gets where I can see the backing on long casts it's jsut time to fill it up again - no big deal.

That's actually kinda genius man! I will have to do this.

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Fill it all the way with braid. 

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I have my own system.  On what I call "long cast" rods (crank baits, C-rigs, A-rigs, etc), I fill them all the way with braid except for a few turns of mono to prevent slipping.  You can throw a 6XD a long way on a 8' crank bait rod.

 

On "medium cast" rods, spinner baits, etc. it's 180 ft. from my garage door to the gas meter.  That's what I spool up over mono backing. 

 

On flipping sticks, etc (short cast rods), it's 100 ft to my peach tree.  That's all they get.

 

Once I feel the knot hitting my thumb, I respool.  Generally get at least one year, sometimes two on braid, and I'm retired and fish a lot.

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I back with cheap 12lb Zebco mono then spool on around 75 yards of braid.

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The problem you encounter alot with running straight braid is it will slip on the spool.

Knowning that a lot of people recommend and suggest spooling with mono first, I spooled my entire baitcast with braid. I have no problems at all except the occasional overthrow (I'm used to using a 6'1 and 6'6" spinning, now using a 7")

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Knowning that a lot of people recommend and suggest spooling with mono first, I spooled my entire baitcast with braid. I have no problems at all except the occasional overthrow (I'm used to using a 6'1 and 6'6" spinning, now using a 7")

 

I'm gratified to know that there are anglers out there who don't mind throwing away perfect;y good money to spool up with nothing but braid.  I wish I was one of them.

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I'm gratified to know that there are anglers out there who don't mind throwing away perfect;y good money to spool up with nothing but braid.  I wish I was one of them.

 

Its not throwing good money away the line could last the life of the reel. Eventually it will get low enough to need backing of some sort but the line will still be good. I have reels with full powerpro on it for 10 years finally it got down to where I used it on another reel with less line capacity. 10-15-20 bucks for years of use isnt much relative to the number of senkos/lures/hooks lost/used in a given year. Just got to look at the glass 1/2 full.

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I usually fill the spool about half way with mono.

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what type of knot do you tie when tying the mono to the braid

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what type of knot do you tie when tying the mono to the braid

uni-uni for me.

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I don't care what guys do.  But just be sure the braid is anchored on the spool with tape or some monofilament backing.  Just received a reel yesterday in the mail from a guy complaining that the drag was not working.  Opened the box, saw he had braid spooled on the reel, and said to myself:  Hmmm.... do you suppose?  Yep, braid was not anchored on the spool and was spinning on the spool under load.  Fortunately, it's an easy fix.  But I'm sure the guy who sent the reel feels like a dummy for the rookie mistake.

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