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Baitcasting Reel Backing Line: Braid Or Mono ?

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Like the title states - do you prefer braid or mono as backing line on your baitcasting reels ? ... Thanks in advance !

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if i am using braid i put a few wraps of mono or whatever i have laying around on there.  For all other line types i don't use backing at all.

 

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Any old mono, fluoro, or copoly is what i use for backing. 

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Braid has a propensity to slip on the spool. So, use some sort of mono/flouro first to lock the line to the spool. 

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Heavy braid over a wrap of electric tape will keep your total spool weight as light as possible. Cheap mono works fine if that's not a concern.

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I also use electrical tape and straight braid. Never had an issue. 

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I use a cheaper mono for backing instead of electrical tape more because I can use less braid which is more costly than cheap mono.

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I back all my casting reels with 30 or 40lb braid with a bit of etape to hold it too the spool.  The braid keeps the spool lighter and serves as "emergency" line if I manage to backlash my mainline to the point of a total cut-off.  I can still salvage some of it for a leader and finish out the day fishing my backing.  

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I use kastking braid as a backer for my braid of choice which is Sufix.

 

Bought the kastking and didn't like it is why.

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I use mono or copolymer backing. I just save those spools that don't have enough to spool another reel to use for backing or leaders.

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6 hours ago, The Bassman said:

Heavy braid over a wrap of electric tape will keep your total spool weight as light as possible. Cheap mono works fine if that's not a concern.

As A-Mart uses (when he is not drop shotting ): " On a baitcasting reel I first put on several wraps of mono followed by cheap or used braid which I fill up 50% then finish with what ever final top coat of line I plan on using for that reel" ... Apparently braid is lighter than mono thus gets the baitcasting  reel spinning sooner than with all FC , Co-Poly or Mono line .

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Cheapest mono or flouro I can find.  $8 For 900 yards is what I paid for my backing.

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Bait casting reels usually have holes to lighten the spool weight, use those holes to tie on your line. If you paid extra money for a high performance light weight baitcasting reel spool then use braid as backing because it weighs less then mono.

Tom

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10lb mono backing on every reel I own held on with a tiny strip of white duct tape colored red with a sharpie.  Sure saves on fishing line.

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