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I have always used monofiliment fishing line, but since I have joined this forum, and learned alot of information I have been thinking about switching to braid, but I need a little advice.

Do you switch everything for braid, or are there monofilament applications and braid applications?

I seem to fish topwater, my favorite bait is the tornado, but I will do a Spook, Spro Frog, and a Buzzbait.

Iam trying to expand into plastics using worms and tubes.

I will also cast hardbaits.

I have three rods set up with baitcasting reels. I have each rod a reel setup (or at least in my mind) for the above 3 lure categories.

What would you use braid with, and what would you use mono with? And what test line in either category, or should I just stick with using mono?

Thanks-

Arlo

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Really depends for me... 

For frogs I use braid no matter what.

I love braid for soft plastics because it is very sensitive to bites, but I wont use it if the wind is blowing hard because the braided line goes everywhere and is hard to detect a bite.

For hard baits I tend to use mono/floro...

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Well, here is a run down as to what I finally settled on:

Frogs, Jigging Spoons, & Drop Shots - 50 lb. & 30 lb. Braid

Jigs, Carolina Rig, Swimbaits, and Heavily Weighted Plastics in Cover - 17 lb. to 25 lb. Fluoro.

Crankbaits, Jerkbaits, Spinnerbaits, & Most Plastics - 12 lb. Fluoro.

Topwater - 12 lb. Mono.

Shakyhead, Finesse Plastics & Jigs - 8 lb. Fluoro.

For most applications, I like Fluorocarbon. I feel it is more abrasion resistant than Braid & more sensitive than Mono. Though, there are specific applications I like Braid and one application where I feel Mono is a must (Topwater, because Mono floats). In the end, it becomes a personal preference. Try out different types of line and settle on what you like.

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Thanks for this post Alumabss, I have never used braid and the info helps.  I just started using GAMA mono and love it.  Low memory and high strength; however, most of my fishing is clear water lakes. I wanted to try Braid/Fluoro and was struggling on the application.  Lucky Craft Man cleared allot of that up.  Thanks

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Braid w/fluoro leader on 4 out of my five setups.  The other use just fluoro for my cranking rod.  I'm exceedingly happy with that combination.

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im pretty new to bass fishing, but have had success with these:

mono for plastics, spinnerbaits,

braid for frogs, jigs, buzzbaits,

braid with leader for wacky worms

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Mono for spinnerbaits, swimbaits, and crankbaits. Flouro for senkos. Braid for topwater. Braid with flouro leaders for everything else.

When choosing line take into consideration the action of the rod. The stiffer the action the more stretch you want the line to have except for flipping and pitching.

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I have always used monofiliment fishing line, but since I have joined this forum, and learned alot of information I have been thinking about switching to braid, but I need a little advice.

Do you switch everything for braid, or are there monofilament applications and braid applications?

I seem to fish topwater, my favorite bait is the tornado, but I will do a Spook, Spro Frog, and a Buzzbait.

Iam trying to expand into plastics using worms and tubes.

I will also cast hardbaits.

I have three rods set up with baitcasting reels. I have each rod a reel setup (or at least in my mind) for the above 3 lure categories.

What would you use braid with, and what would you use mono with? And what test line in either category, or should I just stick with using mono?

Thanks-

Arlo

Straight braid unless fishing rocks,then it's braid with a Co-Poly Leader. Adjust your drag accordingly,and theres no reason why you cannot use braid for "EVERYTHING" I've been doin just that since 1997.

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My general rules:

Frogs: braid and nothing else, no less than 50lb

Flipping and pitching: see frogs

Open water jig/worm: fluoro 15-20lb

Crank baits: mono 8-15lb

Spinnerbait/buzzbait: mono or fluoro 15-20lb

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Here's what I use both for.

Braid-Frogs, jigs, c-rigs, t-rigs, spinnerbaits and cranks (but only with a lower action rod to compensate for the non stretch factor) deep water, and some topwater.

Mono-Spinnerbaits, crankbaits, topwater, and some t-rigs.

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