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Giving Flourocarbon a try - First time user

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Given that I am learning how to fish slower on the bottom (worms and jig head swim-baits) I have decided to give Flourocarbon a try.

 

I have put 15lb P-Line flourocarbon on two of my three small bait-casters.

The 3rd has 30lb power pro braid.

 

For someone who is used to casting mono, what is the obvious they should know about Flouro?

 

Regarding the 3rd reel:

Given that I already have 30lb power pro braid on two spinning reels, I may consider giving Sufix 17lb mono a try.

 

Anyone ever use Suffix mono before?

At bare minimum I plan to use it as a braid to mono leader.

 

 

Thanks

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It's a bit stiffer, so you need to be a bit more vigilant with spool/thumb control. Don't try lightweight stuff right off the bat. Heavier lures will make casting easier at first until you get a feel for it. Only other thing is don't backlash...but if you do, be very careful and take your time getting it out. Can't just yank on it like mono. Fluoro doesn't like being bent into a 'V' or other sharp angles. Guaranteed weak spot.

 

Otherwise, enjoy.

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First of all floro sinks while mono floats which makes mono better for top water. Second, mono stretches and then goes back while floro stretches and remains stretched (mostly).  

 

Sorry, I can’t help with the suffix question because I’ve never tried it but I personally would recomend braid on one of the baitcasters just depending on what you plan to use it for.

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Plan to throw Carolina rigs and 1ounce jig head + attached paddle tail swimbaits with the flouro.  With the braid, heavy top waters, so I will use a mono leader.  With spinning reels (braid), top waters and 10-12inch worms with no weight.  Possibly flukes, but I cannot seem to catch a bass over 2lbs with a fluke (use 7” Zoom Super Fluke).  Anyone know of bigger & better flukes on the market?

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Make sure to tie good knots with flouro, it can be finicky at times so give it a good pull test after tightening your knot down.

 

If you're using the other baitcaster with braid for topwater, don't bother with the leader IMO. I use straight braid for all my topwaters except baits with front props and buzzbaits, works great and one less knot to fail. 

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Haven't used 17# Siege, but have several rods with 8# and 12#.  I like it.  Bought my daughter a custom 6' MH rod from DVT.  (Tried talking her into longer, but she said no.)  Spooled it with Izorline Platinum after reading how good it is with abrasion.  So far she only fishes Senkos thus why I went with Platinum.  She didn't like it because of the memory giving her problems with backlashes.  Replaced with 12# Siege and haven't heard a complaint since.

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I have used suffix for my centerpin reel and my steelhead baitcaster with zero issues.....

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I use Sufix Siege in 12# all the time. I like it better than any mono I have used. Can't say how the 17# will handle. I also use 10# on my spinning rods.

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10 hours ago, Bluebasser86 said:

Make sure to tie good knots with flouro, it can be finicky at times so give it a good pull test after tightening your knot down.

X2. I use the Trilene knot and works well. Whatever knot you use the key is too wet and tighten very slowly. Never used P-Line but if you ever try another I highly recommend Sunline Sniper. 

   One thing I do is spool cheap mono on for backing then I can use a 200yd spool on 2 reels to keep cost down. You'll love it for bottom contact baits 

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I use and trust the "shaw grigsby youtube knot" on flouro exclusively. Like was said earlier, try heavier baits like jigs or spinnerbaits first, no finesse or rapalas. Watch your backlashes, its bad to break if it gets a hard bend, more so on cheaper or thicker lines it seems.  I also use kvd line conditioner, a good soaking as i spool, and again before a trip, either nite before or at least before heading to lake. 

 

As far as sufix is concerned, its the only mono i use. I used to use 17# alot for worm n jigs before switching to flouro. Either a trilene or palomar works fine with it. I think its fantastic line for the price. 

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22 hours ago, Lefty76 said:

Plan to throw Carolina rigs and 1ounce jig head + attached paddle tail swimbaits with the flouro.  With the braid, heavy top waters, so I will use a mono leader.  With spinning reels (braid), top waters and 10-12inch worms with no weight.  Possibly flukes, but I cannot seem to catch a bass over 2lbs with a fluke (use 7” Zoom Super Fluke).  Anyone know of bigger & better flukes on the market?

*For the C-Rig and the 1 oz. jig head + paddle Tail swim bait with FC , I'd be looking at #15 lb. ~ #17 lb. Seaguar AbrazX or InvizX FC line ... For the C-Rig  , the FC is fine for a main line and #12 lb. Big Game Mono for the leader (floats the bait up a little for more action) . The above said , I'd consider saving $$ and go with a good co-poly line for those two applications (Yo-Zuri Hybrid in #15 lb. or P-Line CXX #15 lb. )

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