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I use braid on my cranks. Dead serious.

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Truthfully, it isn't the best line to use as it floats so you lose some depth, which can be important when deep crankin. I just cant stand fluoro, which sinks, and I love the no memory of braid. I use a fluoro leader and catch tons of fish on my braid so....

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I use braid for small shad raps with a 7' medium light spinning rod.

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The amount of braid floating is not going to impact the depth your crank can run but the smaller diameter of the braid will get your cranks deeper with a higher strength than comparable mono or flouro.  You also have to consider that most, if not all crankbaits are floating and that flotation is much higher than any braid is.  I use braid on my crank bait set up and have zero complaints.  I use 8lb diameter power pro super slick and would go smaller but my bait caster doesn't like braid skinnier than the 8lb diameter. 

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Yeah I like 30lb braid for crankbaits too, I'll try a co-poly or something every now and again but always go back to braid...

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I was wondering when this topic was going to come up. It's only been 4 days since the last time this was asked.

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I don't. Because I'm old school I use mono for everything except for worms/jigs and flipping.

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Yes, all the time, and have for years. Frankly I am tired of talking about it.

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When I get up tomorrow morning, I'm going to start a new topic asking what the best $100 rod is.

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Truthfully, it isn't the best line to use as it floats so you lose some depth, which can be important when deep crankin.

That's a big misconception. Braid is not so buoyant that it would keep a bait from running as deep as it can. A small bare hook will cause braid to sink. Using a thinner braid will actually let crankbaits runs deeper than they would on mono. Some guys depend on the stretch of mono or fluoro to keep from losing fish. I use only braid because I like the lack of stretch, the increased sensitivity and the added depth I get.

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I don't think you can be fully effective with only one type of line for crankbaits.   lol

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Real men use log chain. Gets them baits deep, son. Almost zero stretch.

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I don't spend 6-15$ a bait to risk not using braid. 30lb to prevent digging on the spool and good to go.

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I wonder when the Elite Pro's will catch on to the benefits of braid and cranks, seems like one of them should have known by now......................

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Does braid even float? Like I know it will stay on top of the water but is it actually buoyant, if you cut a piece of braid off and push it under the water I don't think it will float back to the top... At least with powerpro

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What I want to know is are fake Senkos as good as the real thing???

Depends if you throw them on the BEST, or MOST SENSITIVE 100 dollar rod.

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I use 10 lb braid on my spinning rod and use it for lipless cranks and I can launch them

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A forgiving rod (parabolic), and your drag correctly adjusted, braid works for me.

 

Ding ding.....I use medium action baitcast rods with 8 lb diameter braid for all my cranking.   Braid gets the bait deep, you feel every little bump off structure, and the rod creates enough "give" to prevent trebles from pulling on a fish.  

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No reason not to.  Squarebills around grass, I love to fish braid as long as I can get the bites.  I find that a lot of the time I need to switch to mono once the water gets clear.  I know that a lot of people don't believe that makes a difference but I like to make money.

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I fish braid.....period.  If I'm in an area where I might get hung up a lot or crystal clear water, I might use a Fluoro leader.

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