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When you say "swimbaits" I think of baits like 6" Huddelston's ect..Those swimbaits are usually fished in mostly open water, i.e. no weeds, or tullies ect.

Those weigh almost 2 ozs. I use 55lb Diawa Samuri braid, for throwing swimbaits, I also use a leader, usually 12 lb. YoZuri Hybrid, or 100% Trilene Fluro.

If your lake has big rocks, don't use braid. Also the wind tends to blow braided line all over the place.. ;D

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Anyone use braid for hollowbelly type swimbaits? I'm thinking on using 40 # pp for this, toads and swimjigs. Any thoughts?

I use braid with hollow body swimbaits (basstrix type) on lakes with lots of grass, and I go with 50lb.  I could easily switch over to toads or swimjigs on the same combo with the same line.  If there isn't any grass, I prefer FC line.

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Anyone use braid for hollowbelly type swimbaits? I'm thinking on using 40 # pp for this, toads and swimjigs. Any thoughts?

I use braid with hollow body swimbaits (basstrix type) on lakes with lots of grass, and I go with 50lb. I could easily switch over to toads or swimjigs on the same combo with the same line. If there isn't any grass, I prefer FC line.

Do you use a leader..?

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Do you use a leader..?

I fish Guntersville fairly often... it has quite a bit of grass ;D  I do not use a leader there, or anywhere with grass for that matter.  I tried it and the leader defeated the purpose of straight braid in the nasty stuff.  It wouldn't cut through it as well as running straight braid.  Only took a fish or two for me to realize that!

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Do you use a leader..?

I fish Guntersville fairly often... it has quite a bit of grass ;D I do not use a leader there, or anywhere with grass for that matter. I tried it and the leader defeated the purpose of straight braid in the nasty stuff. It wouldn't cut through it as well as running straight braid. Only took a fish or two for me to realize that!

K...thanks.

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I started last spring with braid for my plastic swimbaits, then switched to 20lb BPS Excel mono and had better success with my hookups.  I like the little extra boing mono gives me and it helped get my swimbait down deeper.

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