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I had to do a emergency line swap today while on the water.. Had K9 on (I'm done with that line).. Any how I had a fresh spool of Trilene 12#.. Tied on a football jig with a Palomar knot and began fishing the bottom.  Of course I snagged the bottom a few times and was able to un snag and fish on...  Until I hooked onto something that didn't want to let go.  I swear to god I tried everything to break the line... I mean I had NEVER had a line that just wouldn't break no matter what I did.  I even went to far as to straight line it and used the trolling motor to pull and nada... It would just stop the boat in its tracks...  I finally had to cut it .   I have to say I have never ever experienced anything like this before.  Anyone else ever experience something this crazy before ?

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Berkley Trilene has several different types of line from mono to FC, what was it?

Tom

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I'm guessing XT? I have that on a few and it is very strong...I'm using 8 on spinning reels and it's hard to break. It does run a tad thicker.

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I have pulled some heavy gnarly stuff (logs, tire rims, etc) out of the water bank fishing with 12# Berkley Big Game line. 

 

When truly stuck I have had to wrap the line around my pliers handle and pull straight back. Most of the time the hooks give before the line does.

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9 minutes ago, NYWayfarer said:

Most of the time the hooks give before the line does

^^^this^^^

I have used 12# Big Game and primarily 14# Yo-Zuri Hybrid.  I snag several times per outing.  I keep a large dowel in the boat to wrap around the line just for breakoffs.  I have to get straight over the top of it and then it either pulls free, the knot gives or bending out the hook.  I'm always so proud of my knot-tying when the hook bends out!!! LOL

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Big Game is the deal for me on baitcasters.you can fish it in every water column with confidence once you get used to it and it won’t cost you a fortune.if you fish a lot each week just respool with fresh line as needed.

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That's just what high knot strength looks like. I routinely straighten out hooks with BG 12 and 15 and a palomar or uni, but if you are having trouble getting it free or breaking it off you need to hit the gym. 

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11 minutes ago, BassWhole! said:

 but if you are having trouble getting it free or breaking it off you need to hit the gym. 

If you pull the boat in by pulling with your hands there is not much else you can do..Trilene makes very good lines.

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Just now, Todd2 said:

If you pull the boat in by pulling with your hands there is not much else you can do..Trilene makes very good lines.

Silly rabbiit, get straight up and down, then pull the slack out, then wrap around hand 4 or 5 times, then point to sky. 

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9 minutes ago, BassWhole! said:

Silly rabbiit, get straight up and down, then pull the slack out, then wrap around hand 4 or 5 times, then point to sky. 

Well yeah.. If you can get to it, usually just pulling from the opposite direction works. But when pitching back into laydowns it gets tricky. Usually I pull the boat until it stops then am able to break it free.

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7 minutes ago, Todd2 said:

Usually I pull the boat until it stops then am able to break it free.

LOL. 

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I hate leaving line and hooks in the water......especially shallow.  That's why I always have some type of water shoe on then in lakes.  The only time I had to go to extremes, I moved the boat to get slack in the line, then wrapped the braid around a cleat and put the trolling motor on 6. 

A boat carries a lot of inertia and will do a fine jog on straightening a hook.

 

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Yes guys it is Trilene XT.   As far as getting over it and pulling....  It was wedged in rocks as best I can guess, but when your boat (2019 PT175TXW) is being man handled with such force that its tilting the boat, last thing I want to do is finding my self losing my balance and falling in 20 to 30 feet water and losing my rod as well..  

 

I have catfish rods that have 30# line that I have been able to break.  I have never seen 12# line I couldn't until now.   I have to say I'm very impressed.

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31 minutes ago, Flatrock said:

Yes guys it is Trilene XT.  

I knew it..what's my prize?...lol

I remember not being a fan of XT back in the day, but they made it more flexible back in 2013, or so I read. But it does run thicker...that 12lb is .015 in diameter..that is 15 lb line for some brands. I'm using 8lb on Spinning and that is the absolute max for me, you could easy go with 6lb without any issues I believe.

 

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All I have ever used for a very long time is Trilene 17lb XL for spinner baits, buzz baits, swim jigs and blade baits.  Love that stuff and not expensive.

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Sounds like you learned how good Berkeley Trilene Big Game Mono is! It is my favorite mono for both freshwater and saltwater fishing since this line has great knot strength, abrasion resistance, and it is cheap.

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3 hours ago, soflabasser said:

Sounds like you learned how good Berkeley Trilene Big Game Mono is! It is my favorite mono for both freshwater and saltwater fishing since this line has great knot strength, abrasion resistance, and it is cheap.

 

I'm going to be perfectly honest here... I didn't buy the line for the BC.  I bought it as leader line for my weights for catfishing.   Come to think about it, I've been having a hard time breaking loose when I'm snagged on the bottom there too...   I'm gonna have to reevaluate how I think about the Trilene product line .   I really like this XT line...  If 12# is almost unbreakable, this means I can go a lot smaller and retain line strength

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Berkeley Big Game is less expensive and equally as strong with better abrasion resistance IMO.

Tom

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years ago I used trilene xt for most of my baitcasters.

it is strong and abrasion resistant, but also among the thickest diameter line available.

 

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If 12# is almost unbreakable, this means I can go a lot smaller and retain line strength

but remember how thick it is at that label strength. 

 

if you go down to #6 XT it is still the same diameter as #8 XL for example. 

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