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Traditionally, I have used mono on my spinnerbait/crankbait set ups for the stretch, thinking this helps with the hook set on a moving lure.  But I've been thinking about switching to braid. I love the feel and sensitive of braid, but my only concern is that the lack of stretch will hurt my hook up rate.  Thoughts?

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I use braid for my spinner and buzzbait fishing and actually have better hook ups because of the lack of stretch and their big hooks.  I would assume if you pair the braid with a softer action rod that you should be okay using it for cranks, not so much for the hook set but for keeping the fish from coming unbuttoned.

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I'm seriously considering trying braid for worming and jigging. I haven't had any issues with any quality line I've used for spinner baits or cranks.

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Along with a more moderate action rod loosening the drag a little is helpful as well.

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I have some trouble casting braids on baitcasting gear.  Occasionally it will dig into itself and then it will just stop mid cast. Even with 40lb power pro

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I have tried it for cranks and I am not a fan.  I like braid for other techniques.  For cranks I like mono or even fluorocarbon. 

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I would stick with mono.

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Braid is not bad for light cranks on spinning. I rarely use braid at all anymore though. It's pretty much CXX mostly for me or some other kind of copoly usually.

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I use a lot of braid. I use it for spinnerbaits, buzzbaits, chatterbaits, crankbaits, jigs, and jerkbaits.  I will use a leader if I feel it necessary for jerkbaits and jigs.  

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I don't like braid for either application. Stick with mono unless you want to strictly throw deep crankbaits in the setup, in which case I would go with fluoro. I use crankbait style glass or composite rods for spinnerbaits as well as crankbaits. 

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I have been throwing spinnerbaits on 20# Pline CXX. Keeps the bait high, which I like, and the knot strength is excellent.

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No reason to switch for me. Trilene XL does everything I need for cranks and spinnerbaits. As for contact baits, braid and fluoro are king. If it aint broke don't fix it.

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I use 15# power pro on a small shimano casting reel.  Hardly any troubles.  No more than I would have with mono or fluro.  I do use a leader too.....12#.  Love the fact I don't have to respool line as often.

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I like braid for jerk baits, cranks and spinnerbaits because of the no stretch.  I adjust my drag and use a moderate action rod.  The sensitivity on a taut line is key for feeling what the bait is doing and bumping against.  I do use a leader though.

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I toyed around with it a few years ago. Went back to mono/copolymer.

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Traditionally, I have used mono on my spinnerbait/crankbait set ups for the stretch, thinking this helps with the hook set on a moving lure.  But I've been thinking about switching to braid. I love the feel and sensitive of braid, but my only concern is that the lack of stretch will hurt my hook up rate.  Thoughts?

 

I used braid for spinner baits for one season. I usually throw 12 lb yozuri for this application so decided what the heck. That season 6 spinnerbaits broke on me. The spinnerbait used is very well known brand that I still use today. I switched back to 12lb yozuri and I have yet to break another spinnerbait. The conclusion I came up with, is that braid's 0 stretch properties effect the integrity of the spinner bait over time. When I caught nice bass, the spinnerbait was all mangled using braid. I had to manipulate the bait back into place. That alone weakens the metal over time. Going back to yozuri, the bait required very minor adjustments or tuning. Also I found that the strike is absorbed better using a copoly vs  braid.  This is just my .02 from on the water observations. 

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