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I spooled up and old baitcaster with the cheap 10 pound mono you can buy at Walmart. It was like $2 for 700yard. It has so much memory it is very difficult to fish. When I cast it out and let it go slack it looks like a slinky!

 

I hardly ever use mono, always braid, so I’m wondering does the pricier mono have significantly less memory or is this just how mono is?

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You get what you pay for...for the most part

 

I've used nothing but Trilene XL anytime I use mono. From 4# on my UL to 12# on my medium-spinner (smaller crank/jerk baits, inline spinners, Texas Rigs, etc). I've never had a memory issue even though I don't use line conditioner. Of course I replace it every year, more if I have enough breakoffs where it's getting too short.

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25 minutes ago, FCPhil said:

I spooled up and old baitcaster with the cheap 10 pound mono you can buy at Walmart. It was like $2 for 700yard.

Sounds like Zebco Omnicast.

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You can spray the mono line with silicone lubricant to help release memory from being stored tightly on storage spool. 10 lb mono on a baitcasting reel shouldn't have a lot of memory unless it's old line and cold weather.

Berkley Big Game is inexpensive premium mono.

Tom

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Big Game doesn't do that, and as a plus is cheap.

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I prefer sufix seige myself. I can find it for $9/330yd or often $18/1000yd. Low memory, good knots and fairly abrasion resistant on blue label. 

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I used that cheap zebco omnicast in 15 lb mono just for a quick light catfish rig that i only use live bait on and it was fine for what i did with it, but i wouldn't use it ever for throwing lures. I barely want it on the live bait rig, but i have just been too lazy to change it lol

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Thanks everyone, I think that is pretty conclusive I should pick up some better line sometime. 

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Big Game is really good line

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Even "expensive" mono is pretty cheap compared to other fishing lines. It's what links you to the potential fish of a lifetime, spend the couple extra dollars on some Big Game or other better quality mono. 

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Even the big game isn't even expensive. Very affordable. 

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Problems with cheap fishing line?  Imagine that.

 

All mono and flouro will have some memory, some more than others.  Buy some decent line dude. 

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