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want to hear your thoughts on what line you use on your swimbaits . what i mean is what brands , lb. test (for what size swimbaits) , flouro ,mono, braid, let's hear them , please  :)

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20, 25, and 30 lb Pline CXX.

I keep trying other crap and suffering the consequences. Using other stuff I have casted off, broke off fish, and broke off on snags way too easy, for a grand total of about $300 worth of baits and fish big enough to choke 8oz baits >:)

I was fortunate enough to get three identical baits, that are not available to purchase, only guy with them in NorCal, and I have casted 2 of them off in 2 weeks. Thanks alot Trilene Big Game, and Braid/leader.

I will never try a different line again.

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I like Vicious Flurocarbon for all my swimbaits. I mainly throw the Spro BBZ-1 (4 inch) hardbaits and the Yum Money Minnows (Hollow bellied). I usually stick with 15 lbs. on the line. The biggest key to me is your rod and reel. Use a 7 to 7 1/2 ft MH to H rod with a fast tip. I like to REVO Wich by ABU GARCIA as my reel. Although a lot of my friends use a high speed reel to catch up with the fish and to reel up slack. If I live in CALI, fishing for those big hogs on a swimbait, I'd probably throw it on 20-25 lb. Line :)

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20, 25, and 30 lb Pline CXX.

I don't think I would look any further...P-line CXX has to be some of the strongest line made....15lb will straighten hooks and give you a hard time when trying to break it....can't imagine 30  :)

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I used to use BPS 25lb Flouro but I backlashed it all away trying to throw a tennis ball(dont ask) so I had some 20lb Viscious thats beggin to be tried out. I use flouro because about anything I throw is on the bottom or dives a little.

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Listen to 4bizz. Use 20, 25, and 30 lb Pline CXX.  We starting using it about 3 or 4 years ago and have not found another line better. Its not worth casting off baits or breaking off fish.

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I am looking at a BPS Extreme Wide Spool to pair with an All-Star Heavy/Extra Fast 6'10" rod for this and some other applications. With the larger diameter and test lines you fellas are talking about, is this reel of benefit? Or am I again over-thinking this?

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JUST and fourbizz are resident experts on this topic. Both throw big

baits and catch giant bass. They have experimented with lots of gear,

I suggest you heed their advice.

8-)

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I'm using #20 XT. I have tried the CXX for a few spools worth and I just can't like it in the #20 and up... it makes XT feel as supple as braid. Now in fairness, I haven't used it in hot weather yet. But, my 8" hudds will self retrieve on cxx once I straighten out on the coils on the initial retrieve.  ;D

I won't even suggest you take my advice over bizz and the "real" swimbaiters but if you plan to use #25-#30 CXX you'll have to buy a bigger reel, as you'll cast any normal reel dry since it's so thick.

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20, 25, and 30 lb Pline CXX.

I keep trying other crap and suffering the consequences. Using other stuff I have casted off, broke off fish, and broke off on snags way too easy, for a grand total of about $300 worth of baits and fish big enough to choke 8oz baits >:)

I was fortunate enough to get three identical baits, that are not available to purchase, only guy with them in NorCal, and I have casted 2 of them off in 2 weeks. Thanks alot Trilene Big Game, and Braid/leader.

I will never try a different line again.

Listen to 4bizz. Use 20, 25, and 30 lb Pline CXX.  We starting using it about 3 or 4 years ago and have not found another line better. Its not worth casting off baits or breaking off fish.

I'll add my vote for CXX.  I use 20# for baits  3oz and under; 25# for 3-6 oz and 30# for 6+oz baits.  It's fairly cheap, abrasion resistant and strong as sh!t.... Throwing 75$+ baits, you have to be very confidant in your line, CXX works for me!!!

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I use Seaguar FC and Izorline XXX. Depending on the bait and where I am fishing I will use anything from 15-25#. I have had zero issues with either line. I do not have the heavy cover that the boys in Nor-Cal have either so I can get away with lighter line in some applications.

P-Line is a great line but I feel that the Izorline casts much better and is easier to manage.

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Listen to 4bizz. Use 20, 25, and 30 lb Pline CXX. We starting using it about 3 or 4 years ago and have not found another line better. Its not worth casting off baits or breaking off fish.

You arent one of those guys I saw on the fishing show, trying to catch the world record bass are you? I believe they ended up finding the fish dead, floating near the dock. Bummer, sounded like the guy went after her every day for like 3 or 4 months....

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Ive been using CX over CXX... I can get it a lil cheaper and I feel like CXX is a lil too thick over 20lbs like flech.  I also like evolution quite a bit, and do use big game sometimes when I think I want to respool often.

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As many have mentioned, the memory on 25 and 30lb CXX is no joke.

If you use 20lb, you need a 300 size reel, for 25 and 30 a 400 is a must.

KVD L&L really helps, but it has spurred some serious doubts for me in the knot strength category.

Personally, I just deal with the memory, because the other attributes are soooooo worth it. Down around freezing, its a slinky,but at 60ish, its plenty manageable given the size of the baits.  As soon as it soaks up with water, and you pull on a couple of snags, it will settle down for the rest of the day.

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I haven't tried the p-line CXX but i stick with what works and thats IZORLINE XXX anywhere from 15-30 lbs.. depends on the weight of the swimbaits tho

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20, 25, and 30 lb Pline CXX.

I keep trying other crap and suffering the consequences. Using other stuff I have casted off, broke off fish, and broke off on snags way too easy, for a grand total of about $300 worth of baits and fish big enough to choke 8oz baits >:)

I was fortunate enough to get three identical baits, that are not available to purchase, only guy with them in NorCal, and I have casted 2 of them off in 2 weeks. Thanks alot Trilene Big Game, and Braid/leader.

I will never try a different line again.

Agreed. I was using P-Line CXX for a long time, and then for some reason I switched to 25lb Big Game. Well, three Hudds later, I switched it to 30lb. no problems yet, but I am going back to Pline CXX. Best line ever. And remember guys, these heavy baits stretch and wear out your line faster than a normal bait would. You have to replace the line more often. I replace mine every three to four trips depending on how much I fish that rod.

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Bought two Hudds three weeks ago. Lost one to a cast off with braid/flouro 20lb leader and the other to a fish after i had landed one fish earlier in the day. Wish i had read this thread earlier. Got two more on the way and a new roll of 30lb Vicious FL sitting on my desk to spool on when i get home this evening! 

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I use Sunline Deifer Armillo 25 lb test Nylon, if they made 30 lb I would use it. Fish swimbaits and wake baits from 2 to 7 oz using this line for about 3 years now without losing any lures from casts off's and missing very few strikes. P-line CXX is good line if you change it often and don't fish in cold weather, it has a lot of memory and the reason I no longer use it.

Braid with leader; 2 knots to fail and they will!

Tom

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I've been using 20lb Ande for the last few years. I haven't broke off any fish or baits yet. I also don't cast any over 4-5 oz either.  

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Braid to a leader is just asking for heartbreak with big baits. I use Pline or Big Game 20lb, both work excellent. 

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Been using seaguar red label for several years! For the money it's hard to beat! 20 lb for my swimbaits

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I throw a lot of big swimbaits for stripers and wipers and I've tried a few lines over the years. I have pretty much decided that 22lb Defier Armilo is the last line I'll purchase for swimbaits. I like braid for the thin diameter when I'm casting, but with such heavy baits it's more prone to dig in to the spool, and it doesn't have great shock strength. I've watched more than one $20+ bait fly at warp speed up into the heavens. Reckon a couple are probably still in orbit. Since switching to the Armilo, I don't recall ever having a break off, in any instance.

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