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When to use mono for LMB fishing???

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Last few 10-15 years I kind of thought mono was "old tech" and really wasn't ideal for any particular presentation when fishing for LMB.

 

With other types of lines I kind of feel I know the benefits/pluses of braid or fluro but can't figure out when mono would be the way to go. Not as strong or durable as braid, not near the sensitivity or braid or fluro and it seems like the only thing if it stretches more and I am not really sure what presentations that features would be ideal for.

 

Single hook lures versus treble hook ones? Does it depend if I am using a softer or firmer rod?

 

What is the "advantage" or ideal presentation for mono then really?  I assume it has a place (other than being cheap) but I do not know what it would be. Who can enlighten me?

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I use it for cranking, jerkbaits, spinnerbaits, buzzbaits, bladed jigs, traps, and even have it on one of my jig rods. Mono is very consistent, one of my favorite things about it. I know what to expect and there aren't any surprises. I like braid, good fluoro has it's uses, and I use a lot of copolymer also, but mono line does a lot of work for me still. 

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Myself, and many guys on the forum like mono and still use it for all fishing. 

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I use it for the same techniques as Bluebasser86 and 8lb mono on all three of my spinning reels.

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I use mono for all the same techniques as Bluebasser86. I use floro for soft plastics and jigs. Mono is always your best choice for top water poppers and walk the dog type baits.

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9 minutes ago, Log Catcher said:

 Mono is always your best choice for top water poppers and walk the dog type baits.

I use straight braid when using topwater baits. The only instance where mono would be required is the use of prop baits, such as a devil horse. 

 

Only time I use mono is a leader on C-rig when I want my bait to float up off the bottom

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I use mono for anything that has a treble hook (Whopper Plopper, crankbaits, jerkbaits, etc.)

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I use it exclusively because I like to keep it simple; too many choices can be overwhelming. I also don't often fish situations where less stretch is desirable (heavy cover/structure, or bottom jigging at great depths).

 

For crankbaits and swimbaits (trebles, light hooks) I use a fast action rod rather than a moderate, so there's not a lot of shock absorbing action. The slight stretch of mono may help here.

 

 

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Mostly top water and crankbaits but you can use it on everything. Just because it has been around for a while, don't make it bad.

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I use Yo-Zuri Hybrid and Trilene XT for chatterbaits, spinnerbaits and crankbaits because it is both tougher and stretches less than fluorocarbon.  

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I use mono for treble hook topwaters.  I also use it for Carolina rig leaders.

 

It can do everything just fine, and I think however many millions of years it's been in use has shown that. 

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Use mono for everything but punching & frogging 😉

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You always can. Mono didn't suddenly stop working because of the popularity of braid, fluoro, and hybrids. Fish don't suddenly have an aversion to it because some guys tell you you have to use fluoro now. 

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5 hours ago, NittyGrittyBoy said:

I use straight braid when using topwater baits. The only instance where mono would be required is the use of prop baits, such as a devil horse. 

 

Only time I use mono is a leader on C-rig when I want my bait to float up off the bottom

I can't recommend braid most topwater baits. I have seen too many articles about braid fouling up the hooks. Seems most people use a mono leader if the are using braid because of this.

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Mono for most of top water or chatter bait.

Braid for Jig and frog

Fluorocarbon for weightless worm not Senko.

copolymer for everything else and in between.

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I will use mono for topwater. Mono has some added benefits to the presentation of certain baits like jerkbaits depending on how they are weighted as well as spinnerbaits as it keeps the front end up more.

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I've just seen person after person sing the praises of mono here. Why do we not really see "the pros" using it? Is it to help their sponsors to sell more expensive line? If it were to have so many advantages I just don't see them not using it.

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I like mono for everything especially bottom bouncing lures because it will slacken up a bit when it hits bottom .   I know exactly when it  touches down plus I'm so in-tuned  with it  that if it  slackens a little too much or not enough then there may be a fish on it .

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29 minutes ago, pauldconyers said:

I've just seen person after person sing the praises of mono here. Why do we not really see "the pros" using it? Is it to help their sponsors to sell more expensive line? If it were to have so many advantages I just don't see them not using it.

I know that KVD uses mono for spinnerbaits because it gives a better presentation.

3 hours ago, Glaucus said:

You always can. Mono didn't suddenly stop working because of the popularity of braid, fluoro, and hybrids. Fish don't suddenly have an aversion to it because some guys tell you you have to use fluoro now. 

Dangit, I thought that if the bass saw mono line, they figured you were cheap. 😁

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12 hours ago, NittyGrittyBoy said:

I use straight braid when using topwater baits. The only instance where mono would be required is the use of prop baits, such as a devil horse. 

X2, the whole braid fouling on topwater baits is way overblown imo. The only topwater I don't use straight braid for are baits with a front prop (like the Devil's Horse), and buzzbaits. 

 

6 hours ago, Log Catcher said:

I can't recommend braid most topwater baits. I have seen too many articles about braid fouling up the hooks. Seems most people use a mono leader if the are using braid because of this.

A lot of articles about how fluoro has less stretch than mono too, but test show otherwise. 

 

No need for a leader, just one more knot to fail. Line tangles are minimal, no more noticeable than they are with mono, and hookups are much higher, especially on long cast with walking baits or ploppers. 

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14 hours ago, Boomstick said:

I know that KVD uses mono for spinnerbaits because it gives a better presentation.

Dangit, I thought that if the bass saw mono line, they figured you were cheap. 😁

I’m curious/interested in the reasons why he prefers mono for this application... buoyancy, knot strength, etc?  thx!

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I've gotten to the point where I use mono for everything except punching.  Usually, 15, 10, and 6 pound line will cover 95% of my fishing.

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