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Just curious what the general consensus will be on this. This is generally what pound test I use on each. Some fluorocarbon, some mono.

Shallow cranks 12#

Mid depth cranks 10 or 12#

Deep cranks 10 or 12#

Spinnerbait 17#

Jerkbait 10#

Texas Rig 17#

Carolina Rig 65# braid, 15# fluorocarbon leader

Frog 65# braid

Traps 12#

Jig 17#

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Shallow cranks 10# CXX

Mid depth cranks 10# CXX

Deep cranks 10# CXX

Spinnerbait 12# CXX

Jerkbait 8# CXX

Texas Rig 12# CXX or 50# Power Pro

Carolina Rig 12# CXX or 50# Power Pro

Frog 65# braid Power Pro

Traps 10# CXX

Jig 50# Power Pro

I sometimes add a FC leader or CXX leader to braid.

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Shallow cranks 8 lb. CXX

Mid depth cranks 8 lb CXX

Deep cranks 8 lb. CXX

Spinnerbait 15 lb. CXX

Jerkbait 8 lb CXX

Texas Rig 17 lb. Stren fluoro

Carolina Rig 17 lb Stren fluoro

Frog don't fish em

Traps 12 lb. CXX

Jig 17 lb. CXX or 17 lb. Stren fluoro

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Jigs = 65 pound braid or 17 pound Trilene 100%

Spinnerbaits = 17 pound Trilene 100%

Finese stuff (shakey head, tubes, small t-rigs,) = 6 or 8 pound Trilene 100% or Seaguar

Drop-shot = 4-6 pound Sunline or Seaguar Invisx (depends on if I can get Sunline cheap or not) The 4 pound 100% does nothing but knot up on me.

Traps and Shallow cranks = 10 pound Trilene 100%

Creatures and Worms in grasslines = 17 pound Seaguar Abraisx or Trilene 100%

Hard Jerbait = 17 pound Trilene 100% (I like to get them on plane and in the boat asap. I usually don't fish the jerk deeper than 2')

Soft Jerkbait = 12 pound Trilene 100%

C-Rig = 65 pound braid with 15 pound mono mono leader

Frog and salad = 65 pound braid

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This is what I used last season.

Crankbaits-10lb YoZuri Hybrid

Spinnerbaits- 12lb P-Line CXX

Jigs/plastics- 15lb P-Line CXX

Swimbaits-12lb P-Line CXX

jerkbaits-10lb YoZuri Hybrid

Finesse spinning-8lb Seaguar Invizx

I'm gonna try more Fluorocarbon this season.

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Shallow cranks 12 or 15fluoro#

Mid depth cranks 12 or 15fluoro#

Deep cranks 12fluoro#

Spinnerbait 20fluoro#

Jerkbait 12fluoro#

Texas Rig 20 or 25#

Carolina Rig 55# braid, 15# fluorocarbon leader

Frog 65# braid

Traps 50lb braid or 15lb fluoro#

Jig 65lb braid with 20-30lb leader, or 15lb fluoro straight#

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Shallow cranks -12 # yozuri hybrid

Mid depth cranks -12 # yozuri hybrid

Deep cranks -12# yozuri ultrasoft

Spinnerbait - 15# yozuri ultrasoft/ hybrid

Jerkbait-12# yo zuri hybrid

Texas Rig -15# berkley 100% flouro.

Carolina Rig -20# braid- 15# flouro leader

Frog -15lb yozuri hybrid

Traps -15lb yozuri ultrasoft

Jig -15lb berkley 100% fluoro

the frogs and traps im switching to 30# braid or so this year... just havent put it on yet.

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Shallow cranks 15# Big Game

Mid depth cranks 12# FC

Deep cranks 12# FC

Spinnerbait 15# Big Game

Jerkbait 8-12# FC

Texas Rig 12# FC or 50# Power Pro

Carolina Rig 12# FC or 50# Power Pro

Frog 50# braid Power Pro

Traps 12# FC or 50# PP

Jig 12# FC or 50# Power Pro

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Unfortunately, the way lines are rated (for marketing purposes), lb test means little. I go by diameter first, then other needed properties. The exception is braid which I go by rated break.

I fish for LM mostly in both soft and hard cover.

FC = Fluorocarbon

BR = Braid

ARM = Abrasion Resistant Mono/CoP

Shallow cranks .013 ARM

Mid cranks .012 (spring) or .013 or .015 (heavy rippin) ARM

Deep cranks .012 or .013 M or FC

Spinnerbait 30# BR w/.014 or .017 ARM

Jerkbait .010 M or FC or .012 FC

Texas Rig 20# or 30# BR w/.014 M ARM

Carolina Rig 30# BR w/.014 or .017 ARM

Frog 30# or 50# BR

Traps 10 or 12# .012 or .013 ARM

Jig .008 to .017 FC, or BD w/ARM. Big category for me, including grubs, jigworms, to small swimbaits, to light Flippin' work. I would even just throw DS in here too.

Flippin' >30# BRD

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Since I do not have the income to support 8-10 rods at a time, I typically have 2 (and soon a 3rd) setup.

Power Pro braid 15-20 lb for vegetation

various types of mono usually 10-15 lb for shallow/topwater

Pline CX or CXX copoly 10-20 lb for deeper or all around.

The Pline copoly is nice because you can use it for almost anything. It is light enough that with little to no weight, it can stay on top or very shallow for topwater lures, it is clear and invisible underwater for deeper presentations, and so far I have had no problems using it in light vegetation.

I have a few extra spools of mono but since I started using the Pline CX and its versatility, the mono mostly just sits there unused (or used for panfish reels).

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All cranks 12#

Spinnerbait 17#

Jerkbait 12#

Texas Rig 17#

Carolina Rig 30# mono, 12# fluorocarbon leader

Frog 50# braid

Traps 12#

Jig 17#

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Spinning tackle: Yo-Zuri Hybrid or Hybrid Ultra Soft #6

Baitcasting gear: Hybrid #12

8-)

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All billed cranks/topwater/jerkbaits: 12# Flouroclear (I may drop to 10 if I need more depth)

Spinnerbaits/lipless cranks: 15# Flouroclear

Finesse(ds, shakey):8 lb Power Pro /6-8 lb Gamma flouro leader.

Frogs: 30-50 lb braid (depends on thickness of cover)

Flippin/pitchin: 65 lb braid

Tube draggin/driftin: 8 lb Gamma flouro

Flukin': 10 lb braid

Deep jigs: 14 lb flouro

Dock skippin': 20 lb braid

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Baitcasting:

Shallow cranks 10 or 12, mono

Mid depth cranks 10 or 12 mono

Deep cranks 10 YZH

Spinnerbait 12 or 15 YZHUS

Jerkbait 8# YZH

Texas Rig 17#, fluoro

Carolina Rig 50# braid, 12# mono leader

Frog 50# braid

Traps 30# braid (rippin')

Jig 5/16 - 12# 100% fluoro

  3/8 and larger - 15# 100% fluoro

Spinning:

8 or 10# 100% fluoro

Sometimes, it's just whatever rod I pick up or have with me at the time.

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I only have 4 setups and don't want to change out line all the time so

Jigs, weighted soft plastics, spinnerbaits, buzzbaits (in general single hook lures 3/8 oz or greater) 12 lb Big Game

Cranks, topwater, jerkbaits (treble hook lures) 10 lb Big Game

Weightless soft plastics, small jigs, small spinnerbaits (under 3/8 oz) 8 lb Trilene XT or Big Game

Small cranks, very small plastics (basically for smallie creek fishing) 6 lb Trilene XL

For my spinning rods (the bottom two) I also have some braid on spare spools, but I don't use it much at all.

In general I think us bass fisherman are WAY over what is actually necessary to get the job done.

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Big game on BCs, XL on Coffee Grinders (6-10 lb) as follows:

spinnerbaits: 12

jigs/t rigged cratures/pitching/liplless cranks: 12-20

crankbaits: 10-15

jerkbats/weighless plastics: 8-12

ricos and clones/ C rigs: 12-15

sammys/buzzbaits/wakebaits: 15-20

jigging spoons: 20

drop shot/fly & float/roadrunner (or whatever they are calling crappie fishing for bass these days): 6-8

frogs and the like: 50-65 lb braid

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Shallow cranks  12 lb Fluorocarbon or 15 lb Big Game

Mid depth cranks  12 lb Fluorocarbon, or 30 lb braid if  I am in alot of grass

Deep cranks 10 lb fluorcarbon or 30lb braid

Spinnerbait 12  or 15 lb fluorocarbon

Jerkbait  8 or 10 lb fluoro on suspenders, 30 lb braid on floaters

Texas Rig 12 or 15 lb fluorocarbon, or 30lb braid

Carolina Rig 15 lb Fluoro, w/ 15 or 12 lb leader

Frog/Flipping grass 50lb braid

Traps 12lb Fluoro or 30lb Braid

Jig 15lb Fluoro, or 50 lb braid. (12 and 30 on smaller/lighter cover jigs)

Topwater 30 lb braid

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Berkley Big Game Mean Green 15# for every thing but matted grass & Carolina Rigs then it's 65# braid.

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In overview, the preferred line-test for mid-depth cranks

ranges from 8lb to 20lb test (nylon or fluoro).

That's quite a disparity, because 20 lb line is 60% fatter in diameter than 8 lb line

and 150% stronger.

In general I think us bass fisherman are WAY over what is actually necessary to get the job done.

Where do I sign? :)

Roger

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