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How about this stuff? Anyone tried it? You get quite a bit for the price.

 

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Have you heard of McCoys brand Mean Green or Clear copolymer?

It's so much more limp than even Trilene XL. It's really fantastic line and reasonably priced too.

I used to use XL for ever but two years ago I switched to McCoys and have to say is much better on casting and spinning rods. It's excellent for texas rigs and jigs too.

 

I also use Big Game sometimes for a leader on braided line.

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I use 8lb BG on some of my smaller abus its a nice  size for baitcasters and 4000 size spinning reels .you wont be disappointed with any BG line ive used it the last 30 yrs with never a fail..8 lb comes in 1500yrds also for 7$  

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On 11/30/2018 at 11:44 AM, Burrows said:

I don't recommend big game unless your using it for backing now all the old timers here will push mono on you because they are accustomed to it or used to it but I found myself asking this very question not to long ago and I'm telling you go with copoly, floro or briad always, times have changed and mono is useless in my opinion.

I can tell you don't fish poppers and walking baits very often. Or, maybe you fish a rod that is a wet spaghetti noodle with some 20# braid. Because flouro SINKS and braid will bend out EVERY hook on a smaller topwater bait upon hooks. IMO, mono is the best of both worlds in most topwater applications. Tough, floats, and yet has enough stretch to keep you from bending hooks and missing fish. 

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21 hours ago, waymont said:

Have you heard of McCoys brand Mean Green or Clear copolymer?

It's so much more limp than even Trilene XL. It's really fantastic line and reasonably priced too.

I used to use XL for ever but two years ago I switched to McCoys and have to say is much better on casting and spinning rods. It's excellent for texas rigs and jigs too.

 

I also use Big Game sometimes for a leader on braided line.

Does this line actually have less memory than trilene xl? I’ve been meaning to try a spool preferably 6 and 8lb on spinning reels

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On 11/30/2018 at 11:44 AM, Burrows said:

I don't recommend big game unless your using it for backing now all the old timers here will push mono on you because they are accustomed to it or used to it but I found myself asking this very question not to long ago and I'm telling you go with copoly, floro or briad always, times have changed and mono is useless in my opinion.

Man I'm only 32, not quite an old timer yet, I use a lot of mono, and I catch a few fish sometimes 😁

 

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On 11/30/2018 at 11:44 AM, Burrows said:

I don't recommend big game unless your using it for backing now all the old timers here will push mono on you because they are accustomed to it or used to it but I found myself asking this very question not to long ago and I'm telling you go with copoly, floro or briad always, times have changed and mono is useless in my opinion.

We old timers use it because we know it work in certain applications, we call it experience. 😁

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5 hours ago, tander said:

We old timers use it because we know it work in certain applications, we call it experience. 😁

And what are those certain applications?

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7 hours ago, pauldconyers said:

And what are those certain applications?

Cranking and top water.

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   I always use green Big Game. I have no idea whether it's true or not, but I was told long ago that the dyes added to nylon to color it also make it more UV resistant. That's important to me in June, July and August.    jj

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Whatever you may fish with, fish with confidence and you will bring in more fish!

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10 hours ago, pauldconyers said:

And what are those certain applications?

Everything except frogs and deep drop shot.

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I've used fluoro for years now on bottom contact baits and a couple months ago I tried big game just to see if I would like it. Blew my mind how much more sensitive straight fluoro was. I had stayed on the lake after dark one day and wasnt able to watch my line like I normally do. Had a fish on at one point and never felt a thing whereas fluoro the majority of the time will send a jolt up the rod. Berkley 100% fluoro is a very strong, sensitive and shock resistant line and it isnt crazy expensive. It's a larger diameter line but is the strongest I've tried. I will say the less stretch marketing hype of fluoro is complete crap. It does stretch but is more dense than mono making it way more sensitive and being less visible in water is a bonus. That sufix advance line is one that in my mind would be a good alternative to mono and much cheaper than fluoro. I have some but havent fished it yet but have spooled some up and dragged baits along my rock driveway at my shop and it to me is more sensitive than regular mono. Can you still catch bass flip'n mono? Dang right you can but if you've gotten used to fluoro there's just no comparison.

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On 11/30/2018 at 6:48 AM, Tyler. said:

Man everyone is all about this stuff. I may have to try it out or the Berkley Trilene XL smooth casting line. How does the Big Game hold up for memory? Comparable to similar market price mono.

For better or worse, Memory is a trait expected with mono. 

In my opinion it fares about the same as any typical memory so I’d say yes to your question, and I’ve used trilene xl, Xt, spiderwire, and, even omniplex.

They all eventually acquire memory but you have to ask yourself, is it really an issue that affects performance? Unsightly? Perhaps. Performance or show stopping? Not in my book. I don’t mind memory one bit, on spinning or casting reels. 

One line of mono that to me seems to acquire memory the “slowest” and this is just loose observation, is suffix elite or siege. However, both will still acquire it. 

 

Bottomline, big game and the others I’ve mentioned are excellent monofilament lines that you can’t go wrong with. 

 

I also like monofilament for its economic impact on my wallet. 

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All monofilament, copolymer & fluorocarbon lines have memory to various degrees.

 

What I found is the more you fish the less memory they have but let any of them sit they all coil bad.

 

This is another reason I've chosen Big Game, at $6.79 for a 900 yd spool I change line often.

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Heres my question  about floro . It is not elastic like mono and does not snap back . Does that mean once it is stretched , a person is now fishing with damaged line ?

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5 minutes ago, scaleface said:

Heres my question  about floro . It is not elastic like mono and does not snap back . Does that mean once it is stretched , a person is now fishing with damaged line ?

Yup.

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26 minutes ago, scaleface said:

Heres my question  about floro . It is not elastic like mono and does not snap back . Does that mean once it is stretched , a person is now fishing with damaged line ?

Fluoro does have some elasticity, but short answer to your question, yes.

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So I had a reel that neededsome new line. So when my shift was over I swung by Walmart. I got the usual couple packs of rage swimmers, SK senkos, even got a couple 2.50$ Plano trays. 

 

And then it happened. I seen the 30lb power pro. My pride and joy. Favorite line ever. Right below it, this stuff called 15lb big game trilene. Strangely enough I bought it. A whole 900yds of the stuff.

 

I haven't used mono for 10yrs. Why now? Why did I buy it? I blame the old guys on bass resource...

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37 minutes ago, NittyGrittyBoy said:

I haven't used mono for 10yrs. Why now? Why did I buy it? I blame the old guys on bass resource...

You're welcome

 

Of my six rods/reels, 3 have mono, 1 has fluoro and 2 have braid...depends on the situation as to what I use.

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On ‎11‎/‎30‎/‎2018 at 9:51 AM, ratherbfishin1 said:

It definitely has some memory.  I would be very skeptical about using it for spinning, however, I don't even notice it when using bait casting.  Pull the trigger on some big game, if your looking for great value you won't regret it.

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On 11/30/2018 at 8:43 AM, NYWayfarer said:

12-15lb Big Game sounds good. I even use 10lb from time to time as I try to get away with the smallest diameter line I can. I fish clear waters so I like lighter, clear line.

I also use 12-15 pound test Big Game Mono for bass fishing and like how abrasion resistant it is.

On 11/30/2018 at 12:44 PM, Burrows said:

I don't recommend big game unless your using it for backing now all the old timers here will push mono on you because they are accustomed to it or used to it but I found myself asking this very question not to long ago and I'm telling you go with copoly, floro or briad always, times have changed and mono is useless in my opinion.

I am still young and prefer fishing with Big Game mono over any other type of mono. Hard to argue with results when most experienced members on this forum who like Big Game mono tend to catch plenty of +6 pounders on this line.

On 12/2/2018 at 10:29 AM, Tyler. said:

Whatever you may fish with, fish with confidence and you will bring in more fish!

This is true and it is easy to be confident in a line if you spent many years catching big fish on it.

On 12/1/2018 at 6:04 PM, tander said:

We old timers use it because we know it work in certain applications, we call it experience. 😁

Well said!

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Back in the early 2000s I tried Berkley Big Game in 15 or 20lb test, for jigs. I spooled up one time with Big Game and I couldn't believe how stiff the line was. I couldn't even get it to lay down properly on a Baitcasting reel ? Is it possible they changed their formula between 2002 and now ?

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Once upon a time, before fluorocarbon became available and affordable in large spool sizes, I used only Big Game. That was probably a 20 year period of time. Caught loads of fish on it using it for about every application and technique available. Nothing wrong with the stuff at all. However, once I made the switch to fluoro, I'm now pretty much "all in." If I ever have to switch back or use mono (nylon) for any applications, it will probably still be Big Game for me.

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