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jknoll

Fireline question

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jknoll

I got a new baitcaster last year (for bass mostly), and the guy recommended that I put on a P-Line, so I did: 12 pound test. I find the line to be quite messy and always wants to unspool. Now some of this could be user error, but I was wondering if I could put fireline on there. Someone told me once you couldnt put braided line on a baitcaster. Anyone ever try that? Does it work?

I like the braided line on spincasters for jigging eyes and such, so I would like to try it on the baitcaster.

Any thoughts?

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Corey Bechtold

Try the new XDS Fireline in 50 lb test, it should have about 12 lb diameter. This line is supposed to be like Whiplash (Which I use). This line works great on Baitcasters and if you get a backlash, it comes out easily. Good luck with it. smile.gif

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baswacker

I have been using fireline for about 5 years now on all of my baitcasters. 20# test 8# diam. It performs very well. I fish tournaments every other weekend and I only have to change the line about every other year. It's very important to use a mono backing so you don't have to waste all that super line to fill your spool.
But it cuts through lily pads and the gunk slop very well .I think you will be impresed.Remember,to not get backlashes tighten down your magnetic spool drag until you get better at casting .PRACTICE PRACTICE makes for better casting and good luck
Tight lines all
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lindy rig

My step-dad put some braided line on his new baitcaster. It was a real mess. The line kept on wrapping over itself, and wouldn't come loose. Not sure, however, if it was partially his fault...

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jknoll

Thanks for the input. It sounds like the trick is to get some heavy pound test that has a larger diameter. And I guess the new Berkley XDS is supposed to be more round in shape.

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Trailblazer

For those of you having braided line wrapping around your reel/bad backlashes, etc..those are user fault. Your baitcaster should have a brake mechanism on the ride or left side (usually the right). If this is too loose, the weight of a lure will over wrapp your line. You must tighten it up. Then test by holding rod out, put on a lure and ee how fast it takes the lure to hit the ground. The lure should gently fall to the ground. For beginners, I recommend braking all the way. As you learn to use these baitcaster, then start using your thumb. I cannot tell you how critical that is....Your thumb will be there to avaoid backlashed, act as a drag, etc.

20-50 lb Power Pro works great on baitcasters! Another line to try - 12-14 lb Ironsilk....

[This message has been edited by Trailblazer (edited 03-29-2004).]

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Tonka Boy

You don't have to go with 50# test either (overkill in my opinion). I run 12-14# on a couple of baitcasters and have no problems. I actually prefer braided line over mono in this situation. The real issue, as stated before, is to adjust your break to match lure weight.

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CALVINIST

jknoll,

I did exactly the same thing last year-I bought some p-line for my spinning reel, and it just spooled off the line; boy, was I mad mad.gif. Just bring the product back to where you bought it, tell them you were dissapointed with it, and they should refund your money. I bought fireline, and spooled it on, and being it has no memory...it stayed put smile.gif. I yet have to try fishing with it, I am optimistic it will work.

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EBass

Put mono on your baitcaster first before you put on the braid. This helps so the whole spool doesn't slip when you're fighting a fish. Also takes up more room when the braid is so thin these days.

I personally don't like fireline, but they came out with something new this year. I forgot what it's called, but it's better so the salesman said. I do like Power Pro.

Also about P-line, I picked up some 6lb test and 10lb test and it comes off the spool twisted. It's mono with a flourocarbon coating. I have yet to find mono line that doesn't twist. Yes I know how to put on line and flip it when it starts to twist.

But the good news is that it is P-line and that it's tough and can take a beating because of that flourocarbon coating.

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