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Joined: 11/18/2010
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 posted 07/27/2011 02:22 PM  

What is your opinion of the best lb. test capacity of line when tossing plugs and bucktails from the beach? Is there a formula between rod length and lure weight?

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 posted 07/27/2011 02:25 PM  

What type of reel, just make sure you dont overspool the reel with braid. Overspooled = windknots.



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 posted 07/27/2011 02:33 PM  

line capacity

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 posted 07/27/2011 02:46 PM  

LB test = diam. equivalent to 12lb test mono I find to be best anything of a smaller diam. is just to hard for me to work with at night. I use 50lb fire line tracer. As far as capacity a reel that holds 300yds of the braid plus a little backing should be all you need.
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 posted 07/27/2011 03:12 PM  

First and foremost, THERE IS NO BEST!!! It all depends on the conditions your fishing, the plugs you are using, and the type of gear you are using.

Right now I have the reels I use the most spooled with 14lb Fireline, 20lb Fireline, 20lb PowerPro, & 30lb PowerPro This range works for me and my gear and the conditions I fish the most.

All are a compromise to some extent, so what you need to decide is what you want out of your gear and line and what you are willing to comprise to get that.

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 posted 07/27/2011 04:35 PM  

I agree with Ed the Red. I use 4-5 different reels for throwing plugs, and I run 20# suffix, 30# suffix, 50# suffix, and 50# suffix 832. My choice really comes from the location that I am fishing. Inlets, Montauk, and rocky structure I use 50#, open beach I run either 50# or 30# depending on which rod I grab, and north shore I run 20# or 30# depending on the rod. That's a starting point for you anyways. I think it all comes down to personal preference in the long run though.
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 posted 07/27/2011 07:49 PM  

Whatever you go with, don't top off the reel. Most suggest about 1/8th inch from the lip.

I tend to fish the heavier lb test braids, mostly due to the conditions I fish, but also because they are a little more forgiving on the fingers and rod guides.

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 posted 07/27/2011 07:54 PM  

Most rods & reels have a line weight over due it,you risk the chance of breaking it.

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 posted 07/27/2011 09:12 PM  

stay away from the Sufix 832 the **** is terrible and waste of high money...

As far as the amount of LB you want. Depends on the Rod, the Reel, and what you are throwing. Like many have said they will range from 20 #s to 50#s.

Me Personally I use Sufix 40 # because it is the same diameter as 10lb mono. It is Light and Not as Rigid than other Braids. I can pretty much get every or any wind knot out with Sufix, as to others they bite themselves so the knots are hard.

But some may say a heavier Line because it sinks faster, it doesnt rip there skin as easy, a little easier to cast etc..... But in all at the end it comes to Personal Preference. up

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 posted 07/27/2011 10:12 PM  

Pluging: #20 power pro summer time and #30 spring and fall
Bait fishing: #30 power pro summer time and #40 spring and fall

don't use mono...

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 posted 07/27/2011 10:38 PM  

Your question is vague.

That's why you have so many different answers.
I agree with all of them. But I have to ask? What
triggered this question and did you find your answer?

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 posted 07/27/2011 11:11 PM  

slyck wrote:

Quantum PT60

if i'm right that reel holds 170 yds. of 20 lb. mono so if it were me i'd use a 300 yd. spool of 30 or 40 lb fireline braid. which of these 2 depends on where, when and how. 30 lb. probably need mono fillerto top the spool. i also put a bimini twist in the 300 yard fillup to save cash on line if i need to top it off in the future.

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 posted 07/27/2011 11:18 PM  

i use 30# power pro backed with mono for all my surf fishing.

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 posted 07/27/2011 11:38 PM  

Oviously a vague question. No one answer, but..

I'll use 30lb. powerpro or suffix performance braid for throwing plugs, I used to fish 50lb. and 65lb. braid thinking it was neccasary to abbrasion resistance, but I then started running 5-10 foot shock leaders in rocky areas. All depends on tackle, conditions, ect. Some reels take to heavy braid or fireline better. FYI, I'd never use braid on an oldschool Penn Greenie or Z( Except my 706z Gold Spool). Those reels are better loaded with mono or fireline. I'll run 14lb. fireline on my 712z while I'll use 20lb. powerpro on my shimano 4000s.

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 posted 07/28/2011 09:49 AM  

I use 12# mono on my 712Z. 50# suff on my 750ssm
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