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What type and pound of line do I need for fishing everything from top water frogs to Texas rig worms to live bait on a bobber? I'm looking for a do it all line. Thanks for the help in advance. 

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You are going to have a hard time finding 1 line that will do everything well.  If I had to choose just 1 line (and that's never gonna happen):P, I would go with 12lb mono.  It's undersized for some applications and overkill for others but if I had to choose that would be it.  You didn't say what you were spooling the line on but my second choice would be 15lb braid.  

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#8 Yo-Zuri Hybrid

 

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Typically you want heavier line for frogs. On a lighter rod in open waters, 30# braid should do, but on a heavy rod, 50# or 65# braid. You would need to run a leader for worms.

 

For live worms and soft plastics, 8-10lb mono is preferred but 12lb would be an acceptable median between other lures and worms. I would recommend Berkley Trilene Big Game as it's cheap and holds up well but the XT or original Stren will do but the XT breaks too easily for a mainline for bass and you will really notice the line being undersized in select applications.

 

Might be worth adding a second rod with lighter line for lures. On my casting rod, I use 15-17lb mono, and on my spinning rod I have it loaded up with 12lb mono currently, but if I was using a spinning rod for everything, I would use 15# or 20# braid and run a leader, since it prevents line twists.

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On 6/15/2017 at 10:51 AM, Boomstick said:

Typically you want heavier line for frogs. On a lighter rod in open waters, 30# braid should do, but on a heavy rod, 50# or 65# braid. You would need to run a leader for worms.

 

For live worms and soft plastics, 8-10lb mono is preferred but 12lb would be an acceptable median between other lures and worms. I would recommend Berkley Trilene Big Game as it's cheap and holds up well but the XT or original Stren will do but the XT breaks too easily for a mainline for bass and you will really notice the line being undersized in select applications.

 

Might be worth adding a second rod with lighter line for lures. On my casting rod, I use 15-17lb mono, and on my spinning rod I have it loaded up with 12lb mono currently, but if I was using a spinning rod for everything, I would use 15# or 20# braid and run a leader, since it prevents line twists.

 

I agree with everything said here. But I would recommend 40# braid instead of 30#. The digging in gets annoying.

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5 hours ago, LxVE Bassin said:

 

I agree with everything said here. But I would recommend 40# braid instead of 30#. The digging in gets annoying.

 

You won't have an issue with digging in with 30# if you aren't using crappy braid. Daiwa J-Braid 30# certainly has no issues. Although if you aren't sure if what you're buying is acceptable, heavier line is always a safer bet.

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12 minutes ago, Boomstick said:

 

You won't have an issue with digging in with 30# if you aren't using crappy braid. Daiwa J-Braid 30# certainly has no issues. Although if you aren't sure if what you're buying is acceptable, heavier line is always a safer bet.

 

Well I guess power pro and suffix are crappy at 30# or maybe it's something I am doing. But 40# has been flawless for me.

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They're not crappy line!

 

It's all about technique and experience!

 

It is absolutely amazing what time on the water will do for your ability.

 

And I say this a a rookie compared to MANY on this forum!!!!!

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Leave the top water frogs out of the equation and you decision is much easier.  I won't fish frogs on anything but braided line. But that is one of the few things I prefer braided line for.

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I would use 40lb braid which has roughly the diameter of 10lb mono. I use leaders.

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On 6/15/2017 at 9:51 AM, Chaddy said:

It's going on a omega pro 33 & stradic c3000hg

8-10 lb.yozuri hybrid might do it. I have 12# on an omega and it works well. 

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On 6/16/2017 at 11:57 PM, LxVE Bassin said:

 

Well I guess power pro and suffix are crappy at 30# or maybe it's something I am doing. But 40# has been flawless for me.

 

Do you ice fish? (I don't, I hate the cold). Cold weather will definitely make it worse. But Power Pro makes a 4 stand line, and an 8 strand line, the J-Braid I've been using is 8 strands, might be the difference. I think the 8 strand braid is also might be slightly thicker due to construction.

 

Regardless, no harm in 40# :)

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I usually use 15 lb big game mono for general all around line and have been pretty happy with it.  That includes frogging in thinner weed mats and edges of thicker stuff.  Just gotta be good on the hook set froggin with mono.  Make sure you reel the slack out before you set the hook.  And check your line for scrapes and nicks periodically and after each fish.  

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I love YHB and if you have one setup it gets my vote.  I run 6lb on my setup and dont seem to have any issues at all.  How big your fish are and if you plan to throw any very heavy hook with guard type lures would change that.  In a do everything with one spinning rod i think i would go to 8lb YHB or 12lb xl.  I love the strength and abrasion resistance of the YHB but the xl handles sooooo nicely.  The braid to leader is the best way to go on spinning and one really needs to know about three knots in fishing to be good to go.  If you go to ***.com and learn the Alberto, uni and Palomar you will be set.  You could get  that down to one if you know uni and double uni but the Alberto is much better threw the guides and the Palomar you can tie in the dark and the cold.

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9 hours ago, Boomstick said:

 

Do you ice fish? (I don't, I hate the cold). Cold weather will definitely make it worse. But Power Pro makes a 4 stand line, and an 8 strand line, the J-Braid I've been using is 8 strands, might be the difference. I think the 8 strand braid is also might be slightly thicker due to construction.

 

Regardless, no harm in 40# :)

 

I'm way too scary to be standing on ice lol

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