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What size and type of line would you suggest for a jerk bait/topwater setup?

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12# mono. It floats and has give for treble hooks. 12# is a good size because it handles well, and depending on where you fish, your not risking many break offs. I've never broken of a fish and I fish 12# mono on my topwater/jerkbait, crankbait, and spinnerbait setups.

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20lb braid. Tied direct to topwaters, and with a 10 or 12lb flouro leader for jerkbaits.

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Those should be two different setups IMO. I use 16 lb mono for my top waters and 8-10 lb fluoro for my jerkbaits. I find jerkbaits are better on fluoro, that is why I use two different setups.

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10 lb flouro for jerkbaits, 15 lb mono for top waters. If you can only have one setup I would go with 12 co polly, either McCoy mean green or izorline xxx.

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I have 2 identical rigs for jerkbaits, one with 10lb mono, the other with 14lb mono.  I prefer slightly stiffer tip for topwater than jerkbaits so different rig for that with 14 lb mono.

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10lb or less Mono or FC depending on what the bait fish are doing and what type of jerkbait I am using.

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30lb braid for topwaters and 8lb Fc leader for jerkbaits

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I use the same two rods for a majority of baits in both those categories, both are spooled with 10lb copolymer. 

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Jerkbait : 8lb. to 10lb mono / co-poly or FC which I believe works best for working the bait on a slack line .

Topwater : 12lb to 15lb mono / co-poly

 

*20lb. Braid with 18" of appropriate leader material (per above line recommendations) : Although I have not tried it , using braid with the appropriate leader material could work . A short section of leader material prevents treble hooks from fouling ; not sure how well braid works for slack line working the bait (jerk bait / walk-the-dog baits) but others have stated it works just fine ...Your mileage for the above may vary .

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I going with 14 or 15 lb mono for a top water and 10 to 12 lb for the jerkbait.  I would be happy using the 15 for both if I wanted to do so with the same rod/reel.

 

I would say braid also but if im not pulling across any slop which is the case for me most of the time I will stick with the mono here and not flouro.

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#12 monofilament.  Specifically, Sunline Super Natural.

 

 

 

 

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Been using 30# Tuf-Line SuperCast, loving it.

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tons of different answers, but i appreciate all of them.  can't quite land on which route to go, but will likely be either 12lb mono (likely the easiest route to take) or the 30lb braid/leader for jerkbaits option which i like as well.

thanks for all the opinions!

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