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What's the best 4# test for Crappies? Tried the Trilene smooth cast -NOT GOOD- Lots of twists confused.gif

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Fireline Crystal!!!!!!!!!!

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Any line will have twists, it depends on how it is spooled on. Freshly spooled line has a tendancy to jump off the reel. I was out today and my buddie was having the same problem on his set-up.

One thing I do is put the new spool of line in the water when I put it on the reel, whenever possible. This way the spool will spin around freely avoiding some line twist. The other thing to do on new line or twisted line is to troll it off the side of the boat without a lure on.

There has been much debate over mono verses braid. I personally like mono for the smaller fishes. XL Trilene is good line, I buy it when I can't get Maxima.

Maxima Chameleon is the best mono in my opinion.

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I like Berkley Vanish I also agree with the above. laugh.gif

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day in day out....I still spool triline XL for most light line applications.

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Went to Gamma

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I find that the cheaper lines like trilene tend to fray very easy. Spend the couple extra bucks more and get the better stuff. Some of the good ones I've tried is the red cajun line and spiderwire supermono.

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Pline Fluorocarbon, Gamma or Sufix for mono. Very little memory in any of these. Fireline Cyrstal if you prefer to use braid. All great lines. I am a big Pline fan but Gamma has really impressed me so far.

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Can you tie 4 lb flouro or braid (Fireline Crystal) directly to the spool or do you have to back with mono?

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I usually back my Fireline with mono just for the fact that I can get 2 reels spooled with just one spool of Fireline.

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What's the best 4# test for Crappies? Tried the Trilene smooth cast -NOT GOOD- Lots of twists
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Depends on presentation:

slipbobber w/jig deep water - mono

crank minnow - fireline

metal spoons - fireline

deep water jigging - fireline

skinny water stealth floats - mono

My personal preference is copolymer lines I use Silverthread Excaliber, heavier than water so it sinks

and more water resistance, less stretch than mono. High abrasive resistance so it slides through the slip bobbers. Not so supple that it knots on a float rig cast, or live bait swimming the line into a knot.

In my past experiences with smooth casts lines are they tend to twists a lot more, due to their suppleness. They also tend to be more stretchy. I prefer a good clean hookset through the jawbone rather than only skin. Crappies have soft tissues for their mouths. Fireline gives me that deep imbedded hookset.

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I bought some Vanish (flouro) yesterday and am thinking about spooling an ultralight combo with it. How does flouro perform compared to mono? I know it's harder for fish to see, but are there negatives?

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Juan- There are some disadvantages to Florocarbon lines. Generally they are stiffer, and do not cast as well. The knot strength is not near as good as a mono or co-poly line. Florocarbon also sinks(heavier than water) which can be a disadvantage, but can also be an advantage.

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FACT: Fireline is the strongest straight pulled(that i have experienced

OPINION: Fire line is bestfreaking line on earth!!! ooo.gifwink.gif

FACT: Trilene XT is the Strongest Mono Straight pulled(that i have experienced)

OPINION: Trilene XT is too stiff to catch fish on.

Fact: Power Pro is WEAKER than SpiderWire, Fireline, Stren magna braid, Trilene XT and XL

OPINION: Power Pro is OVERRATED

FACT: Flourocarbon is almost invisible underwater

OPINION: Fish like fireline better

As you can tell i absolutely love fireline

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ocf1 Did you test Gamma Co-Poly against the XT?

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FACT: Hanson likes PowerPro.

OPINION: Hanson really, really likes PowerPro.

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I'm gonna throught my thoughts out there.

Braided is POWER PRO

Mono its P-LINE smile.gif

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FACT: Hanson likes P-Line too! wink.gif

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Dietz i have not, too expensive for a science fair project, i bought all form joes.

Power pro tested at 12, 9, and 16 dry and 9, 10, and 12. It was 14 lb. test

Used 8 lb. test fire line tested at 15, 16, and 17 dry, havent gotten around to wet

I know hanson fishes cats with large lb. tests and that may be different. I might have to pick upsome p-line also, im sucking in all your expert advice, lol i need it

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ocf- Ok.. then dont say its a fact that P-line is the strongest unless you have tested it against Gamma.. LOL... I will admit, that 2 years ago I would have agreed with you 100%!.. no ifs and or butts.. but not longer.

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lol i think i need to get some test material.

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Is the Gamma line that you guys speak of the flouro version or the mono version?

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Is the Gamma line that you guys speak of the flouro version or the mono version?


Gamma line comes in fluorocarbon or copolymer. I'm new to gamma technology but think the copolymer is more popular and what most people on here are referring to. Correct me if I'm wrong.

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I know hanson fishes cats with large lb. tests and that may be different. I might have to pick upsome p-line also, im sucking in all your expert advice, lol i need it


Yep... 80lb PowerPro on all my cat rods. Love that stuff.

I did spool on some new Fireline Crystal on one of my walleye spinning rods and was really, really impressed. It has great feel, is easy to work with, and is hard to break when you get snagged up.

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Is the Gamma line that you guys speak of the flouro version or the mono version?


I use both.. but the mono/co-poly is what most are using. Its ultra strong, very limp, very low memory, and casts like a dream. Floro is a little harder to deal with, and I only use it in a few applications.

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