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I've used 10-12lb mono for most topwater (twitch baits, poppers, buzzbats) since ever for the simple reason that mono floats, it stretches, it's easy to cast and it is cheap. However, is there any reason to use fluoro besides the invisibility? I have seen some posts out here that makes me rethink my decision. I would think it affects the action since fluoro sinks. Also, since you react so fast, I'd think no stretch would pull baits away a little faster.

What do you all think?

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Stick with mono. Your reasons for not using flouro are dead on. You could use braid if you're just wanting to try something else, but it's also pretty expensive.

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I was fishing once with my jerkbait rod (that had Fluoro on it) and saw some fish busting the surface.  Well, I thought I would put a Zara Spook on and have some nice topwater action.  I cast it out and after about 3 twitches, I couldn't see my lure anymore.  The sinking fluoro dragged it under the water.  Therefore, the moral of the story is that I use only mono for topwater applications and fluoro and braid for everything else.

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I agree, fluorocarbon is a BADchoice for topwater, but....

The sinking fluoro dragged it under the water. 

A casts worth of fishing line dragging a big old spook underwater?  Mmmkay.

::)

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I agree, fluorocarbon is a BADchoice for topwater, but....
The sinking fluoro dragged it under the water.

A casts worth of fishing line dragging a big old spook underwater? Mmmkay.

::)

Yeah. It's not that it drags it under to where it sinks, but a walking bait like a spook when you walk it the line being under the water makes the lure pretty much dive under the water and usually stay there. On a pause obviously it'll float back up. It's hard to explain you just would have to try it.

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I agree, fluorocarbon is a BADchoice for topwater, but....
The sinking fluoro dragged it under the water.

A casts worth of fishing line dragging a big old spook underwater? Mmmkay.

::)

Yeah. It's not that it drags it under to where it sinks, but a walking bait like a spook when you walk it the line being under the water makes the lure pretty much dive under the water and usually stay there. On a pause obviously it'll float back up. It's hard to explain you just would have to try it.

Nick hit the nail on the head.  When I stopped twitching, the Zara Spook popped back up to the service.  Sorry for the confusion there JFrancho and thanks for the cordial response. 

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Stay with mono. Floro sinks.

I agree.  Larger diameter mono will also be noticeably more buoyant than small diameters.  You may not be able to throw a bait as far with heavy mono as you can with light mono, though.

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I usually use 15 or 17 lb mono. Got some berkley big game 20 lb mono at wally world for 2.00 each. Going to give them a try this year.

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You can also treat braid with chapstick on the last three or four feet, and it will increase its buoyancy.  However, you have to fish it carefully, as there is no stretch.

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This is going back before the super braids, when the material used for braided line was dacron. My uncle carried fly line dressing in his tackle box to use on his line when he fished topwater.

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