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I just got the first crankbait dedicated set up. What type of line do you use? Fluorocarbon for sinking property, braid for smaller diameter or mono for stretchy forgiveness?

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Flourocarbon, it sinks, plus it still stretches like mono, the "no stretch" advertising thing is just total BS. It's more sensitive because it's more dense.

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Congrats on the new set up!

 

BASSclary, there is a very well done test that shows stretch of Flouros with Trilene as a control.  Yes they did stretch, even my beloved Seaguar.  However.......Sunline did not stretch OR absorb water.  It acted just like the claims for Flourocarbon.  Just thought I would share as I was totally intrigued by it. I like Mono for Cranks but have switched my deep crank rod to Flouro now.  I am fighting the urge to go all 3 rods Flouro.  If you have a rod that will really perform well on cranks (like Compre w/TC4 wrap) the line give shouldn't be too much of an issue.

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30lb Braid with a Fluoro leader if the fish are sketchy (or for your peace of mind).  It's more versatile, thin diameter gets deeper and cuts through weeds so snapping baits out of weeds is easier.  Just get a nice cranking rod and never look back.

 

I have 8lb and 16lb Sunline Sniper on a bunch of my rods and love it...  It does stretch.

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For me, the areas where I fish cranks is super clear. I use fluoro as it has less stretch than mono and disappears.

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I have always fished them on mono. I got Sunline reaction FC in and I'm going to try it soon. If it is garbage I'll probably switch to sniper. But either way, I'm going try floro on cranks

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20 and 30 pound braid for me, gets deep fast.  I always run a leader because I spend lots of time around rocks.  I run heavier fluoro for a leader on squrebills for depth control if it's an issue although banging off the rocks and the bottom seems to be where they get bit the most.

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12 lb. P-line flouroclear is what I am using. Low visibility underwater and good abrasion resistance, the 2 most important things to me in crankbait line.

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Sunline FC does stretch, it has a higher yield strength so it take more tension to stretch it. I have been using Sunline for over 10 years on jigs and other bottom type presentations, but not for crankbaits. The reason is cost and knot strength issues.

I use 12ib Berkley Big Game for crankbaits and buy it in 1/4 lb spools because it cast very well, has good knot strength and the lower cost allows me to respooled line often. Where I fish there isn't a lot of vegetation to rip through, deep clear rocky structure lakes, so this works for me.

Tom

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BPS XPS 10 and 12lb Flouro.  Never lost a fish. using it for the last five years.

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I too enjoy BPS flouro for it"s definitely affordable if want to go flouro but now I switch over to Seaguar Abrazx since I fish allot of wood and rocks.

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I use 12-15lb. PLine Flouroclear for the leader and use 20-30lb. PP braid as the main line. I am getting ready to sppol one of my reels with 12lb. PLine CXX based upon a conversation I had with a fellow Bass Resource respected member and tournament bass angler.

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Last fall I tried a couple of spools of the newer line Trilene XL armor coated.  I tried the 10 lb for deeper divers and 14 for some crashing into deeper trees.  It worked good.  It looked and felt suspiciously like  the old Berkley Iron Silk, except now you can get two colors (clear & green) where previously it only came in green.

 

I think that the old Berkley Iron Silk in 17 and 20 lb test was the best spinnerbait/square bill line I've ever used as long as you followed a couple of rules, which were:  A - don't get stupid with your first few casts, allow it to stretch and get wet your first few casts. and B -  Use Line Magic or some other line treatment on it every so often.

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The setup I use the most for cranks usually has either 12lb Suffix Elite Mono or 12lb Yo-Zuri Hybrid on it.

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All I've used for crank's is 15# Invisix

 

Because of the comments made here and elsewhere about Yo Zuri I'm gonna change and respool some 12# and see for myself.

 

Mike

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All I've used for crank's is 15# Invisix

 

Because of the comments made here and elsewhere about Yo Zuri I'm gonna change and respool some 12# and see for myself.

 

Mike

 

x2. I think I'm gonna try Yo Zuri and see for myself too. (And will decide which one I like best.)

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P-line C21 for me. Cheap and great abrasion resistance and very strong. It stretches quite a bit but I think it helps me keep fish from pulling off also. 

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For me, the areas where I fish cranks is super clear. I use fluoro as it has less stretch than mono and disappears.

 

I am just up the road from you, where do you fish that is super clear?

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I am just up the road from you, where do you fish that is super clear?

 

I'm just south of you guys and the only lake I fish that is super clear is Murray. I have heard Tinkiller is, but I have never fished there.

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I am just up the road from you, where do you fish that is super clear?

Lake Bell Cow over by chandler. It's a bit of a drive, 40 minutes etc, but the entire east end of the lake is crystal clear where as the west end is Typical dirty OK water. Cost is only 3 bucks a day to fish.

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10# P-Line CXX works for me.

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It depends on what I am trying to do, but 10lb-15lb Vicious Fluorocarbon is my line of choice.

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I'm not a fan of using fluorocarbon for recreational fishing of reaction baits like crankbaits, spinnerbaits, etc.  It's too stiff and casting distance suffers because of it.  For that reason, I prefer a reasonably soft mono or copoly that I can respool often without breaking the bank.  10# Yo Zuri Hybrid is my personal favorite for cranks.  I have better casting distance with the #10 vs. the #12 Hybrid, and the lures appear to have slightly better action.

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20lb braid, gets cranks to there max depth quicker and faster than any fluorocarbon will...........I have fished cranks on all types of line, and the braid wins hands down every time. Plus you will feel every thing on it. Use a moderate action crankbait rod, and this nonsense people claim about pulling hooks out of fish because braid has no stretch will not happen. I will use a fluorocarbon leader when I need some abrasion resistant line.

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