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Are you guys using braid to fluoro for drop shotting too? If so are you going lighter on the braid like 10 or 12 pound. This is a big step for me coverting all my spinning gear to braid. I've fought the urge up to now. But the savings in line alone is worth it. I will usually spool my reel with all fluorocarbon. 

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I use 15 braid with 7lb sniper for leader on my drop shot set up.  Its the only way to go IMO because I don't have to deal with line twist and respooling.

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Crap mono backer, 50yds of 10# or 15# braid, 18' fluoro leader.  That's what is on all of my DS setups.  Well, not all.  I do have one with 8# braid.

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yep, braid to fluoro for this guy....  i use 10# braid and usually 8# fluoro

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Yes. I'll use a FC leader, or more common, 
a Yo-Zuri Hybrid leader of 6-8#

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Most of my spinning reels are spooled with 15lb PowerPro.  For dropshotting I'll use 6-10lb fluoro as a leader, anywhere from 20-30" in length (I just eyeball it and pull a length of leader out).

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Depends on depth. Braid with a leader is a good catch all though. 

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3 hours ago, Fishin' Fool said:

Are you guys using braid to fluoro for drop shotting too? If so are you going lighter on the braid like 10 or 12 pound. This is a big step for me coverting all my spinning gear to braid. I've fought the urge up to now. But the savings in line alone is worth it. I will usually spool my reel with all fluorocarbon. 

Normally I don´t use either as main line, when I do it´s always 30 lbs Power Pro, why ? because braided line doesn´t perform well where I fish most of the time and if you many times have breakage problem with 30 lbs I just can´t imagine what would happen with less than that.

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I use straight pline cx copolymer 8lb. Seems to do just fine for me. Just have to make sure the drag is set correctly. 

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For weeds, docks, bed fishing, and other shallow applications, I use 15# braid and fluoro leader material (not reel fill). Any deeper, open water drop shot, it's straight 6# Tatsu.

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Although I like braid to FC leaders - for drop shot I like straight InvisX #6 lb FC or #7 lb. Sunline Sniper - but here's the catch : I use VMC spinshot (swivel) drop shot hooks which prevent line twist . Less knots to tie , better line feel to bait and overall I feel I get more bites with a straight FC with my drop shot set up .

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Braid to mono leader here, Ive never saw no real benefit to using fluoro as a leader besides it sinks, but that's what a sinker is for. I also believe that braid with a mono leader will give a slower fall rate which I feel is a good thing in a finesse situation. I use 20# braid only because it's the same diameter as the 6lb leader I use, and by doing this it's much easier to tie the leader to the main line.

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12# or 15# braid tipped by 6# YoZuri.

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Only thing I ever use is 4,5,6 pound sunline sniper fc.

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10# braid with either 8# fluoro or 4# Yo Zuri Hybrid (which feels and breaks more like 7-8# line).

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15lb Daiwa J-Braid - 8lb Sunline FC Sniper

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58 minutes ago, PitchinJigz said:

15lb Daiwa J-Braid - 8lb Sunline FC Sniper

I got a 15 pound spool of Powerpro Slick and a 16 pound spool of Sunline SX1. Gonna tie each to 7lb Sunline Sniper FC.

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On May 12, 2016 at 10:04 AM, S Hovanec said:

Crap mono backer, 50yds of 10# or 15# braid, 18' fluoro leader.

This is exactly what I do.

 

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6 lb. P-Line Fluoroclear copoly. Works just fine but probably going to replace that with braid+fluoro leader next winter for the extra sensitivity.

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5 hours ago, Fishin' Fool said:

I got a 15 pound spool of Powerpro Slick and a 16 pound spool of Sunline SX1. Gonna tie each to 7lb Sunline Sniper FC.

Super slick is okay...SX1 is a great line (used both). And you can't go wrong with Sniper.

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1 minute ago, PitchinJigz said:

Super slick is okay...SX1 is a great line (used both). And you can't go wrong with Sniper.

Well it sounds like you're helping me figure out which one is better.

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3 hours ago, Fishin' Fool said:

Well it sounds like you're helping me figure out which one is better.

Yeah, I enjoyed using SX1 quite a bit.

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Since I only drop shot off-shore for smallmouth, the line I use is 6# test Fireline Crystal, with a 6# test fluorocarbon leader. Have caught some pretty big smallies with this rig over many seasons now. Haven't lost many and none due to line failure. Very reliable combination in my opinion.

I absolutely HATE PowerPro. Makes way too much "noise" through the guides, when reeling in your bait or a fish. Besides, I don't need 10# test anything to land a fish in open water and that's about the lightest pound test they offer. JMO. :)

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