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I am wanting to only take 1 out and do nothing but Senko fishing to build confidence in it. I have a 7' MH with 65# braid, a 6'9" MH with 20# floro, a 7' M-MH with 12# mono, and a M spinning reel with 20# braid. Which one do you think I should use? 

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I use 10lb PowerPro + Leader on spinning

20lb PowerPro + Leader on casting.

 

I'll use from 6-15 lb test Yo-Zuri Hybrid

or other leader material.

 

Works for me with 4, 5, 6, 7 inch Senkos and

Senko knock-offs greatly.

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A lot of folks like braid or braid with a leader. However when fishing weightless plastics I prefer and do better personally with strait floro in 12#. The added slack line sensitivity and density of the line allows for better feel and fall rate. Your rod with 20# may be a bit stiff on the line size. I would try that or the spinning rod to start with.

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What size weight, weightless, cover, depth, etc? Lots of varying factors.

 

I'll be throwing it 10' and less around grass and cat tails. Weightless for sure. I am thinking about going with the 12# mono setup to start.

 

Heck I might just bring all of them and try them all!

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I like braid because it floats. Many of the strikes I get I see because I see the line twitch or move. Sinking lines are harder to watch. You'll also be able to cast lighter lines farther than the lines that run to 50 pound test.

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I am wanting to only take 1 out and do nothing but Senko fishing to build confidence in it. I have a 7' MH with 65# braid, a 6'9" MH with 20# floro, a 7' M-MH with 12# mono, and a M spinning reel with 20# braid. Which one do you think I should use? 

 

I use a 7'6'' M Veracity spinning with #20 high vis braid paired to #12 trustworthy high clarity mono/fluoro such as Big Game or Sunline Sniper.  I'd go with the medium powered spinning if you're weightless wacky rigging it. 

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I like straight 15-20# braid on a 6'6"-7' M spinning.

 

I prefer the slightly softer rod with no stretch line.

 

I have tried 10-12# flouro leaders but brek off at the hook on hooksets even with drag set to pull slightly

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I believe you'd be better off with the lighter medium spinning rig. Heavier line is not needed, in my opinion. I've taken some pretty large bass in reeds and cattails with 10# test braid and a 4' section of 10# or 12# test fluorocarbon for a leader.

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I use 17# Fireline braid, no leader in a M spinning combo. But the water's pretty stained here. I think  they have discontinued that test and thinned down the 20#. The diameter of this line is in the 6-8# mono range. No stretch.

 

For Wacky:

The rod is a 7' M Berkley Lightning Rod with MF tip. http://www.berkley-fishing.com/berkley-rods-spinning-rods-berkley-lightning-rod/1363851.html#start=4

I bought it to use with lures with trebles because of the soft tip. But I discovered it's a good rod for the hooks used in wacky rigging.

 

For T-rig:

7'MH Viper Spinning combo I got on closeout from BPS maybe 10 yrs ago for $70. It's kind of a fast tip. Same braid. I want to replace it, but it just won't wear out and it's pretty dang sensitive. I even dropped it into water and stepped on the bail. It bent right back out. I'm not made of $$$ so I don't replace it if I can still catch fish just fine with it.

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I may give the short floro leader a try. Last couple times out, the bite was tough. I ended up chunking the T-rig craw. Old school summer tricks.

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I've always used straight Flouro, Trilene 100%. Just recently switched to Power Pro 30LB braid with a 3Ft flouro leader to give it a shot. Straight flouro does, IMHO, give you much better feedback to bites then a braid/leader combo. There is no wrong line to use for senkos. I have used Mono, Flouro, and braid...all with varying degrees of success. Good luck in your search for a good senko line!

 

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Yes, out of your particular set ups take the spinning rod with 20lb braid and add a fluoro leader.  I use straight 12lb sniper fluoro and love it for senkos on casting gear.  I used to use braid w/leader and found it to worked just fine, but I've come to appreciate straight fluoro. 

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I'm the exception, I use 8 lb test mono, as I believe it gets more bites and gives the senko more action

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I also like light line, 8-10lb mono on a MH spinning rod. For me the mono works better for pulling fish that wrap around something like a tree out of there and away from it than fluro, the stretch in mono helps i beleive... and i just like mono

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I either use 15# fluorocarbon, or 15# mono.  It depends where I am fishing and what kind of cover, and structure, is in the water.

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12-17# Stren Mono. (Just depends on the rod I've got with me)

I threw Senko's all last year on 12#mono and caught more fish on them than any lure I own.

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Spinning  10lb PP + 8lb Fluorocarbon leader

Casting 30lb PP + 10lb Fluorocarbon leader

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