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I am having a problem with my baitcaster breaking my line off in my reel; I am using power pro braided line. 

I fish A LOT because I have a pond right next to my house, I'm not sure if that has anything to do with it or not, I would think just changing my line once a year would be okay.  (This is my first baitcaster so I'm not really sure how many times to change it.)

It has happened twice (on the same line) and have lost two lures in the process.  I make a cast just to see my line go soaring through the air...

Any help would be great. 

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The first thing that comes to mind is it could be 2 things....either it's getting wrapped around the tip of you rod or the braid is dighing down and biting on itself in the spool.  Have you gotten hung up prior to the break off?  If so it's the second one.  Also, what size line are you using?  Smaller braids have a tendency to dig into the spool more so than larger sizes.

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Well it kinda looks like its digging into the spool when I pull it out, but I havent gotten any snags...

I am using 30# line.

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Check your guides and the reel with a Q-tip to make

sure there are no cracks or burrs. Whether you find

a problem or not, change your line. If you want to

stick with braid, I suggest moving up to 50/12.

8-)

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That thinner braid is going to be harder to cast on your baitcaster. Id try bumping it up alittle next time.

But thats no reason for the braid to be breaking.

What roadwarrior said is a great way to check your rod guides. Thats a common problem with many people.

Also check your line guide on your reel and make sure its not cracked. I've also heard of it causing peoples lines to break or snap easy.

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Check your guides and the reel with a Q-tip to make

sure there are no cracks or burrs. Whether you find

a problem or not, change your line. If you want to

stick with braid, I suggest moving up to 50/12.

8-)

Thanks I'll have to check that out today...  What do you mean move up to 50/12?

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I don't think you should be having issues because the braid is 30 lb unless it is digging in too much.  I've used 30 lb Suffix a lot with baitcasters and I don't experience any issues.  I've used lighter Power Pro braids in the past though I may have not used them on a baitcaster so it's possible there is a difference and Power Pro digs in more.  I think the problem could be related to "professional over-run."  If you make a hard cast and the line overruns it can catch and the weight of a heavy lure like a spinnerbait can break the line. 

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Sounds like you're using braid?

Anyway, I have not experienced any of those issues with 30# ppro so if it isn't the guides, then the next question is how often are you checking for wear and nicks?

Braid might be strong, but on the other side of the coin is that it is thin relative to mono of the same strength. Because of this, any wear and tear is going to make the line more prone to breaking. That really applies to any line.

Every time you "jerk" or "tug" on the line when it is tangled or dug into itself is going to increase the potential for unseen (but felt) damage to your line.

There are ways to alleviate this line digging, and it starts with freeing snags without using your rod and reel and then having an overly tight drag when pulling line off. For the latter, loosening the drag can help, but it is far easier to pull line off while the reel is disengaged.

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like they said,check your guides etc..  then spool up some 50 lb fireline braid.

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Check your guides and the reel with a Q-tip to make

sure there are no cracks or burrs. Whether you find

a problem or not, change your line. If you want to

stick with braid, I suggest moving up to 50/12.

8-)

Thanks I'll have to check that out today... What do you mean move up to 50/12?

He means move up to 50lb braid if you want to keep using braid and 50lb braid is the equivalent of 12lb mono, 50/12.

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briad has no stretch, thus if theres any sudden stop or too much tension builds up suddenly it will snap. i used to lose alot of lures the same way when i first started with braid, it's all in the way you cast.

whats the specs on your rod?

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Thanks everyone, I havent checked my guides yet but will tomorrow. What do I do if my guides are chewing up my line? Can someone fix them and make them better than what they were?

My reel is a cheap Abu Garcia Silver Max, with a 7' M Uglystick rod. I have always used Uglystick and never had this problem with my spinning reels...

Oh and looks like when I run out of ppro 30# I'll go ahead and make the jump tp 50#. 

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After checking the guides then I would suspect the bad spool of line theory.

You might want to re-think the going from 30-50lb test though. This could have an effect on your catch rate. If you are fishing open water even more so if heavy cover not as big of a deal. You can always use a mono leader ahead of the braid.

I fish 14,17& 20lb braid and never break off. In fact I have a hard time getting it to break when snagged!

I'm using a different brand of braid and change my line seldomly.

If you go with 50lb make sure you keep a stick or something handy to wrap your line around to break the line if necessary. Line can tear up your hands and never ever use your rod to break line!!!!!!

just my 2#'s worth

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I'll have to keep that in mind, I mostly fish my pond and quarries around the area so I dont usually get snagged.

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yeah check your rods with a q tip and then fix the one that is chipped or broken if you stick with braid go to 50 pound and use either power pro or sufix braid i have sufix braid on 3/4 of my rods and love it i have used fireline and personal i hated it it frays really bad and it is coated with and protective layer which hurts your casting i think and does nothing tho keep the line from fraying 8-) :) 

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IMO I think you got hold of some bad line.  I have been using 40# Stren Sonic Braid for a while now and I have had little to no problems with it.  I have learned that a backlash with braid can be a pain but other than that, I love it.

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check your rod and real carefully.  i use 30 and 40 pd power pro almost exclusively and have put it through the ringer. i would say like others either you got a bad roll or you have some kind of nick or crack that is coming up during the violent flex of a cast. had it happen before like ta drive me crazy before i figured it out  :)

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