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20Lb Braid To Small For Baitcaster?

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Looking to add one more reel with braid. I already have one with 50lb that I use anytime I am near heavy cover. This would be more for open water fishing maybe with a carolina rig or something. I have a spool of 20lb power pro left over. Will this be good on a baitcaster reel or should I go buy something bigger?

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Kyle

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I dont use higher than 20#. My 50E, JM Carbonlite have 15# PPS8S, I have a Pinnacle bc with 10# PP, Abu C4 20#. You have might as well give it a try.

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I would stick with 50 lb PP. I don't like the thought of trying to fix a "professional overrun" with 20 lb braid. :cut::cry4: If you want to use more of a finesse presentation you can always tie a leader on.

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I run 30lb with great results. Have a good friend who uses 20. You need to spool it TIGHTLY. Having the initial wraps even and smooth across also makes a difference.

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I fish with 20 (8lb dia) and 30lb (10lb dia.)Sufix on a few of my bc's. Works fine for me. You'll have an occasional nest or over run...nothing you can't fix. Don't be afraid to try it...back your spool with 1/3 mono so you're not filling it with unused braid. Save bucks and your spool of unused line can be put to another reel or for when it's time to respool again. I only put on 75 to 100 yds per reel, the beginning of the reel I use a cheap mono.

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I use it on casting reels for crankbaits, 20 & 30 PP with a fluoro leader. The small diameter helps it get deep fast and I can set the hook at long range with confidence. I'm using glass rods for that stuff.

For Carolina and Texas rigs I like fluoro. I noticed braid gets tore up even with a soft lead weight sliding against it and I'm usually dragging it through some rocks which don't do it any favors either. Mono would be good too.

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I use 20 on a few casting rods, but that is as low as I will go, tried 10 once, never again.

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20# is fine. I use all the time and never have any problems correcting my semi-professional overruns.

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When I first got back into fishing a few years ago, the consensus seemed to be not to use lighter than 40# braid because lighter lines would often dig in. This past winter I picked up 3 Abu Black Max 1600C round reels. One has no line and the other 2 have what looks like 20# red PP. To my surprise the one reel I have been using hasn't had any dig ins, and overruns have been few. One backlash trying to throw too hard directly into a strong wind. I did have the line unexpectedly break on the spool. No idea why. Didn't look frayed. Didn't catch. Naturally I have no idea how old the line is or what condition it was in before I received the reels.

Reading this thread has opened my eyes a bit. Guess I will have to try a little lighter braid on one of my reels.

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When I first got back into fishing a few years ago, the consensus seemed to be not to use lighter than 40# braid because lighter lines would often dig in. This past winter I picked up 3 Abu Black Max 1600C round reels. One has no line and the other 2 have what looks like 20# red PP. To my surprise the one reel I have been using hasn't had any dig ins, and overruns have been few. One backlash trying to throw too hard directly into a strong wind. I did have the line unexpectedly break on the spool. No idea why. Didn't look frayed. Didn't catch. Naturally I have no idea how old the line is or what condition it was in before I received the reels.

Reading this thread has opened my eyes a bit. Guess I will have to try a little lighter braid on one of my reels.

The old Black Max round reels were one of the first reels designed to handle braid better with the triple XXX line wrapping system. Just a more aggressive/quicker line guide that overlaps the line better. Most of my reels I still use today are the 1600's, but not really for that reason.

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I use 20# on my finesse reel, I run 12 lbs test fluoro. leaders so I have never put a lot of pressure on the line in snags and stuff, but have had a few minor dig ins, I just amke a couple cast to get past the spots that cause trouble and am ok with it. I use 30 lbs my other reels and have no trouble with them at all. I tried 15 lbs braid once, got it off there in a hurry, the slightest pull on the line and it was digging in.

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I went ahead and bought a spool of 50lb power pro this morning. After looking at my spool of 20lb I realized I wouldn't have enough to fill my reel anyways.

Thanks for the answers so far. I do have the 20lb on my spinning reel and love it!!!!

Kyle

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Hopefully you aren't spooling the whole reel with whichever premium line you use. Fill 1/2 of it with the cheapest Walmart line you can find and the remaining half with your good line. You'll save yourself some serious dough this way in a very short amount of time.

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Hopefully you aren't spooling the whole reel with whichever premium line you use. Fill 1/2 of it with the cheapest Walmart line you can find and the remaining half with your good line. You'll save yourself some serious dough this way in a very short amount of time.

x2.....cheap mono backing will save you some serious cash.

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Hopefully you aren't spooling the whole reel with whichever premium line you use. Fill 1/2 of it with the cheapest Walmart line you can find and the remaining half with your good line. You'll save yourself some serious dough this way in a very short amount of time.

I have Stren mono on it now so I will be using it as the backing.

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