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(help me please !) Flipping and punching in heavy cover ?

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I wanted to know what line would i use for flipping and punching into heavy cover i have a 7" shakespeare baitcasting rod that i use for flipping but i wanted to know if i can use it for frogs and punching baits in heavy cover but i do uses braid but like 17lb though but do i need to use 65lb ? I am just worried if i use the 65lb line the rod might snap in half or will it? I need help  ;)

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no need to worry. If your rod is a MH or H you should be fine for flipping. I personally would recommend 50-65lb braid. This set up should also work well as a froging rod.

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I flip with 20 lb braid and have not had any issues. From what I have read, 50 to 65 lb braid is popular amoung the pros, and would have to assume many people follow suit. I would not worry about snapping your rod unless you are trying to unsnag your hook improperly from something. I always point the rod tip at the snag and pull back toward my body like I was pulling back to shoot a pool stick. Never try to unsnag yourself buy using up and down poping motions like you were setting the hook, that will snap your rod. If all else fails, cut the line, the lure is less expensive to replace than the rod.

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I like 30# braid.  I think a lot of it is personal preference but has a lot to do with how heavy the cover is and how big the fish are.  Flipping for LM in lake Toho FL  is a lot different than flipping here in PA.

You can break a rod with braid on it if you pull too hard on a snag but also on the hook set.  You don't need to set as hard with braid as with mono though you should still use a quick motion on the set just not as big of a movement.

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I flip with 65lb braid and a 25lb CXX leader. For frogs, straight 65lb braid. And for punching 80lb braid.

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I like 30# braid. I think a lot of it is personal preference but has a lot to do with how heavy the cover is and how big the fish are. Flipping for LM in lake Toho FL is a lot different than flipping here in PA.

You can break a rod with braid on it if you pull too hard on a snag but also on the hook set. You don't need to set as hard with braid as with mono though you should still use a quick motion on the set just not as big of a movement.

Yep.. I'm also from PA and I use 30lb braid unless I am froggin.. then i use 65lb..

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you want to match with the weakest part or your rig, if your rod is a MH than 30# would suffice and depending on where you're at and how heavy the vegetation is you will want to upgrade your line or in my case if I were you I would get a rod that's made to handle flipping and heavier line..IMO I've never come across a shakespear that would handle the task of punching or jig fishing efficiently for that matter...

Also depending on the quality of the guides braid can cut into them

I dont believe shakespear uses quality guides but I could be wrong...

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