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Hey fellas; I see a few guys here saying they use braid for cranking. I paid a lot of attention to devolping better crank bait skills this year. I read 3 articles from Clunn,Fritts and Iconelli , they all talked about using the smallest diameter mono that the situation called for. I also bought a Rapala DT kit, with a DVD and that DVD had varios suggestions , especially using mono for anything with treble hooks. What do you fellas use, as I had excellent reults using mono?

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12# trilene big game mono 90% of the time....on a rare occasion i go down 8# test mono.

I just picked me up a Dave Fritts baitcaster.I'm about to get real serious into cranking.

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I like 12 lb. flouro.  The DT series rating for depth is when using 10 lb. mono.  I figure that the sinking flouro at a slightly thicker line diameter achieves the same depth as 10 lb. mono.  I like having the added strength.

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i can't afford to use flouro. so on my crankbait reel, i have 10lb big game with a pretty long flouro leader...

the reason why they have the smallest diameter for mono is because they want to get the bait all the way to the bottom.

if you have a good set up for crankbaits such as a good rod, you can actually get away with braid.

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I prefer Trilene XL 10# in open water,maybe 12# if I am trying to run the tops of submerged grass.I personally have not been very impressed with the braids.

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Because I don't have enough reels to designate different lines for different types of baits, I use copoly for everything :)

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Burley: Why so light? I would like to try a lighter line , now that I see your doing that can you explain why?

Dominick

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Here's the answer:

Baitcasting gear: Yo-Zuri Hybrid or Hybrid Ultra Soft #12

Spinning equipment: Ultra Soft #6

Now what's the question?

8-)

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Burley: Why so light? I would like to try a lighter line , now that I see your doing that can you explain why?

Dominick

Everything goes deeper.  CXX is strong and abrasion resistant.  I wouldn't go below 10 lb. using any other line.

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I have been using Braid with a 10 IB Flurocarbon Leader of about 10' recently.  I have been throwing it mostly in a 7' Medium-light spinning rod and I really like the way its been working.  I may switch over to braid on all cranking rods that are soft enough to handle it.  

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I had been using 10# P-Line FC, but have switched to 10# CXX for no other reason than its what was in the line drawer when it came time to change out.  I'll probably go back to FC when its time again.

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I use mono, Trilene XL, for everything except my crankbait and spinnerbait rods. For those I use Sufix Elite, clear green. I like the way it seems to disappear in the water. It's a bit stiffer than XL, and has a bit more memory. But what line doesn't, when compared to XL.

The memory is not an issue with moving baits.

I use #12 for my spinnerbait rod, #10 for my main crankin rod, and #8 for my small crank rod.

I experimented last year, and the year before, with just about every line out there. Mono, flouro, and co-poly. This year I put XL on everything except those three setups.

Cheers,

GK

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Burley: Why so light? I would like to try a lighter line , now that I see your doing that can you explain why?

Dominick

Cuz CXX is absurdly strong so he can get away with such "light" line for crankbaiting.  :)

How strong is CXX ? just let me tell you how strong it is, my everyday lake is snag paradise, tons of submerged brush, trees and tree stumps, one day I was fishing with CXX 12 pound test and got my crank snagged on a stump, well I pulled and uprooted the stump, lifted it from 20 ft of water and the line didn 't even cough.  ;)

If I had unlimited access to 8lbs CXX certainly I would not hesitate in getting some to fish ( I can only get 12 lbs or more and 12 lbs has the user friendliness of wire ).

Trilene Big Game, XL or XT 10-12 lbs test is what I use Dom.

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Cuz CXX is absurdly strong
What's funny is that Raul is being conservative here.  It really is silly strong.

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Cuz CXX is absurdly strong
What's funny is that Raul is being conservative here. It really is silly strong.

Yup, it ain 't called Xtra Xtra strong for nuthin '.  :)

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Ten to 12 lb test mono will suffice for most of my cranking needs but for deep cranking I'll go down to 8 lb fluorocarbon.

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Burley: Why so light? I would like to try a lighter line , now that I see your doing that can you explain why?

Dominick

Everything goes deeper. CXX is strong and abrasion resistant. I wouldn't go below 10 lb. using any other line.

Thank you much!

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