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#50 or #65 power pro for froggin on slop?

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Hey all, just as the title says, what test do you prefer and why?  My main concerns are strength vs castability.  I just canceled an order for #65 PP cause I realized it was in hi vis yellow when I wanted moss green, and now I want to make sure I'm going with the right test after @keltonz shared his thoughts on 50 vs 65.  Does moving to 65 from 50 negatively affect casting to the point where it's not worth it, or is there a noticeable gain from added strength to where the casting difference is negligible? Interested in yalls thoughts on this! 

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I used 65 for a while.  I've since relegated it for use as stand-by tow rope. 

 

 

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I never go above 50 because of casting distance. I use mostly 30 and 50 and I notice a difference between the two.  I also live in Nebraska where the chances of catching one over 10lbs is close to impossible so I don’t really have to be very prepared for that.  If I had two choose one it would be 50.

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45 minutes ago, ratherbfishin1 said:

I never go above 50 because of casting distance. I use mostly 30 and 50 and I notice a difference between the two.  I also live in Nebraska where the chances of catching one over 10lbs is close to impossible so I don’t really have to be very prepared for that.  If I had two choose one it would be 50.

Thanks for sharing.  Do you fish around a lot of heavy cover/vegetation?   I'll be fishing around a lot of mats/slop and am likely to pull in a few pounds of weeds with every fish. I also want to be able to get them out of there quickly as they can get free pretty easily when they get stuck in the weeds. 

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3 minutes ago, Riazuli said:

Thanks for sharing.  Do you fish around a lot of heavy cover/vegetation?   I'll be fishing around a lot of mats/slop and am likely to pull in a few pounda of weeds with every fish. I also want to be able to get them out of there quickly as I they can get free pretty easily when they get stuck in the weeds. 

Yeah I fish a good amount of weeds and vegetation and 50 works for me.

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I personally use 65Lb in a 4 strand braid. It is more coarse and cuts vegetation better than 8 strand. 

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I use them interchangeably. I just spooled up with 65 because I bought 4 spools of it at a crazy discount last year. But I would use 50 in almost anything as well so if you have 50 I wouldn't feel the need to jump up. 

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58 minutes ago, CroakHunter said:

I personally use 65Lb in a 4 strand braid. It is more coarse and cuts vegetation better than 8 strand. 

Yep, I'm going with original power pro.  

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58 minutes ago, MassYak85 said:

I use them interchangeably. I just spooled up with 65 because I bought 4 spools of it at a crazy discount last year. But I would use 50 in almost anything as well so if you have 50 I wouldn't feel the need to jump up. 

What are the biggest differences for you between the two -  Does 50 cast noticeably better than 65 and does 50 seem to break easier than 65?  If I can't notice much of a difference in casting with 65, might as well go with the stronger line. 

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I have used 50 for years. Tried 65 once, couldn't get it off my reel fast enough.

 

Cut down on casting distance, did NOT cut through grass better than the smaller dia. 50, and I just didn't care for it.

 

I don't know how much better (or not) it is for preventing break off's, I have never had a problem with 50 breaking.  I often fish matted stuff you can land a plane on, and have hauled 5 + 6 lb fish out of it  no problem with 50.

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60lb FX2. Wouldn't change it. Never had an issues be it casting distance or break-offs. Hauled in bunchesbof 3 to 6lb largemouth through thick slop

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25 minutes ago, ww2farmer said:

I have used 50 for years. Tried 65 once, couldn't get it off my reel fast enough.

 

Cut down on casting distance, did NOT cut through grass better than the smaller dia. 50, and I just didn't care for it.

 

I don't know how much better (or not) it is for preventing break off's, I have never had a problem with 50 breaking.  I often fish matted stuff you can land a plane on, and have hauled 5 + 6 lb fish out of it  no problem with 50.

Thank you for posting. This is exactly the kind of info I was looking for.  What line were you using? 

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I use 65# PP.  I fish some heavy weeds and have pulled in a ton of weeds along with the bass.  I have no issues casting with it so might as well use the heavier line.

 

I'm also glad I had it on the reel when I hooked my 48" musky while bass fishing in the slop.

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1 minute ago, Dens228 said:

I use 65# PP.  I fish some heavy weeds and have pulled in a ton of weeds along with the bass.  I have no issues casting with it so might as well use the heavier line.

 

I'm also glad I had it on the reel when I hooked my 48" musky while bass fishing in the slop.

Thank you for posting, I have the same mentality as you mentioned in regard to using heavier line if there are no issues with casting.  Have you compared 65 to 50 in terms of casting? 

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8 minutes ago, ratherbfishin1 said:

I definitely cast better with 50 than 65.

Thank you, I'm leaning toward 50 at this point. 

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2 hours ago, Riazuli said:

Thank you for posting. This is exactly the kind of info I was looking for.  What line were you using? 

Regular Power Pro

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Thanks everyone, I've ordered #50 PP...in the correct color lol..but am very glad now that I chose the wrong color in #65 before :P  

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3 hours ago, Riazuli said:

Thank you for posting, I have the same mentality as you mentioned in regard to using heavier line if there are no issues with casting.  Have you compared 65 to 50 in terms of casting? 

No, maybe sacrifice a little distance but I'm in a kayak, I can get anywhere and am always within casting distance of my target. 

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50lb is the heaviest I go. I've never personally understood the need for 65 (or 80?!) pound line.

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I fish the Big O more than any other body of water and use 50# for frogging and 65# for punching are they are only 2 braids I use. 

If they work well here, they'll work anywhere. 

 

 

 

 

 

Mike

 

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57 minutes ago, Mike L said:

I fish the Big O more than any other body of water and use 50# for frogging and 65# for punching are they are only 2 braids I use. 

If they work well here, they'll work anywhere. 

 

 

 

 

 

Mike

 

That makes sense.. Do you feel the 50 doesn't hold up for punching as well with you really getting in there on a punch, or did you just go with 65 because it made sense to?   Have you compared both lines in both conditions? 

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I frog in some serious slop and have never felt the need to go above 40lb and have confidently used 30.

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65!

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