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I like 30lb braid paired with a medium action, moderate tapered rod for top water plugs with treble hooks.  I like fluorocarbon for cranks and jerkbaits but mono or copolymer is good also.  50 lb braid for frogs (the only choice for me).  I also use 50 to 60lb braid for flipping and pitching, depending on the type of cover I'm fishing.  I like the braid around a lot of submergent vegetation and opt for 16 -20lb fluorocarbon around docks, wood, and rock.  Soft plastics can mean a lot of things so the line spectrum is quite wide for me here.  12 -17lb fluoro or 30 - 40lb braid depending on what type of plastics, cover I'm fishing, weights, etc.  Lastly, for finesse, 15 -20 lb braid or 6 -8lb fluorocarbon.  

 

You can get really in depth with matching line sizes to baits, rods, and techniques but I recommend keeping it less complicated if you're just starting out.  A 30 - 40lb braid can cover most heavy applications, a 10 -12lb copolymer or mono can cover most treble hook baits and some soft plastics like senkos, and an 8lb  copolymer or mono can cover most finesse needs.  While I really like fluorocarbon, it's not the best line for beginners because it can be unmanageable.  There are endless combinations but these should get you started.

 

 

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50-65# braid for pitching,frogging.I use 15-20# braid on my spinning rod for worms,kietechs,and small topwater.12# copoly for shallow cranks and swim jigs.

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Single hooks: Tatsu #12 or #15 for baitcasters, #6 for spinning tackle

 

Treble hooks: #10 Sunline Shooter Defier Armilo

 

You might experiment with braid and a leader to see if you like the combination, too.

 

 

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5 minutes ago, roadwarrior said:

Single hooks: Tatsu #12 or #15 for baitcasters, #6 for spinning tackle

 

Treble hooks: #10 Sunline Shooter Defier Armilo

 

You might experiment with braid and a leader to see if you like the combination, too.

 

 

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X2 on the Defier Armilo.I was using 13#on my topwater rod until i sold it and put the reel on another rod.

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I try not to be snarky but I "love" these types of questions.  They might as well say..."How do you fish?"

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7 minutes ago, Jaderose said:

I try not to be snarky but

LOL

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12 minutes ago, Jaderose said:

"How do you fish?"

 

Very well, thank you.^_^

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4 hours ago, MassBassin508 said:

X2 on the Defier Armilo.I was using 13#on my topwater rod until i sold it and put the reel on another rod.

 

X3 with this nylon line. Been using it in 13 lb and 15 lb on two baitcasting setups,it's an excellent product.

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Casting

65# braid for punching 

50# braid for frog

12# to 20# Flouro for all other presentations 

 

Don't use spinning rods

 

 

 

 

Mike

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Flip/frog- 65# braid 

Cranking- 12# flouro 

Jerkbait- 10# flouro 

Topwater- 10# mono 

Jig and spinnerbait- 15# copolymer 

 

That's how I'm setup 

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