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soft plastics and finnesse i use xps 12lb flurocarbon

crankbaits i use 17lb mono.

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1 line for all these techniques? It would be P-line

Fluoro-clear. Its very limp and memory is very low. If I needed abrasion resistance, it would be Yo-Zuri ultra soft Hybrid.

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Berkley® Trilene® Big Game 15 lb test Mean Green  :D

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Whats your fav. line (make, lb test, colour)for:

1/ Topwater

2/ Crankin

3/ Soft-plastics

4/ Blade baits (spinnerbaits/ buzzbaits)

5/ Finesse fishing

1) 12-14# Mono (Trilene XT Green)

2) 12# FC or fluoro co-poly (P-Line clear)

3) 17# FC (Trilene 100% clear)

4) 14# Mono (Trilene XT Green)

5) 15# FC (Trilene 100% clear)

That's what works for me.

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Yo-Zuri Hybrid - 10 - 12# does the job for me in all situations. I use the green and the smoke colors, depending on what I have on hand when I spool my reels. 10# is my standard and favorite.

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Spinning tackle:

Yo-Zuri Hybrid or Hybrid Ultra Soft #6

(.010" diameter, 11.9 lb breaking strength)

Baitcasting gear: 

Hybrid #12 (.013" diameter, 19.5 lb breaking strength)

8-)

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Whats your fav. line (make, lb test, colour)for:

1/ Topwater

2/ Crankin

3/ Soft-plastics

4/ Blade baits (spinnerbaits/ buzzbaits)

5/ Finesse fishing

1)14lb Stren original mono

2)***20lb PowerPro Braid with 10ft 10lb Extreme Angler FC leader tied on with a uni-knot

3)10lb P-line flouroclear

4)same as #2except I use a 12lb Ex. Ang. FC leader

5)8lb Flouroclear

***I was talking to a Shimano Rep at this years' outdoors-man show in Toronto, and he made a really interesting suggestion to me, verifying a feeling I had that I presented to him. We were talking about deep diving cranks (specifically my DD22s)... my set-up is a 7'2" Shimano Crucial Crankbait Stick MHMF (the TC4 is fantastic btw)... I asked him why more anglers don't use a thinner braid line with a flouro leader to give the advantages of getting deep and the ability to launch it a mile. He said that he had experimented the last half of the '09 season with the same set-up I mentioned above. The Extreme Angler FC leader material was a great suggestion because it seems tougher to me than using a regular FC line.

Anyways, my first thought was that the uni-knot will cause to much friction traveling through the guides, but after trying it out for myself it is proving to be a great option for launching the DD22s. I liked it so much that I've tied it on my flipping combo with 50lb braid and a 3ft 20lb FC leader (the uni-knot is already past the guides when I flip my jigs so there's no interference/friction at all, but I can't vouch for this set-up yet because I need to test the strength before I say it was a good idea)

I recommend any serious cranker to give this a shot, it's seeming like I'm getting a very nice little boost in casting distance to really get that crank down deep for longer!

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I see no reason to use a leader for "moving" baits.

8-)

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I see no reason to use a leader for "moving" baits.

8-)

I use the FC leader to get depth because the braid won't reach as deep

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Either way, to each their own, I'm just saying it's an interesting suggestion, and I won't just write it off without doing a little more "testing".

I don't know for sure if a fish can see the line first as it sits in an ambush point, but it didn't seem like an unreasonable suggestion to add a bit of "stealth".  And I've noticed that the FC sinks a bit faster leading me to believe that the bait will get deeper quicker, and therefore stay deep for longer.

Any little advantage I can get out there is welcome as far as I'm concerned, so I'm willing to see if this actually shows any measurable difference.

Things never progress if you don't experiment a bit... :D

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Whats your fav. line (make, lb test, colour)for:

1/ Topwater

2/ Crankin

3/ Soft-plastics

4/ Blade baits (spinnerbaits/ buzzbaits)

5/ Finesse fishing

Berkley 30-lb Fireline Tracer Braid

Roger

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