I've never been a fan of braided line, and then again.... I never took the time to re-string any reels with it. In a recent fishing trip with a few of my friends, we got into a very large school of keeper redfish and we limited with all beautiful fish that would all place nicely in tourneys (as wells as dinner tables). One of my friends who had braided line didn't seem to catch as many fish. There were sometimes when it took extra time to tie knots when we had to change tackle. The line casts FAR, but sometimes a loop form in the spool, and the only way to clear it was to cast FARTHER, even if the fish were close. It was frustrating for him and since we are good friends, we made fun of him all day and blamed it on the operator.
Has anyone else experienced a "learning curve" when switching to braided line? Im not impressed with it, but feel I might not be giving it its proper due.
What do you think about braided line for inshore fishing?
We just switched from monofilament to braided this year. Yes it is harder to tie a knot with braided. But that is about the only downside. The uni-knot works best for me. Just make sure you use a glove or something when pulling the knot tight. We use 40lb Power Pro for inshore snappers, trout, etc. Any looping or "birds nests" as we call them can be chalked up to issues with the reel or it's setttings or the way the line was wound. I use braided on both of my Abu's (5500c and Record 60).
Personally, I switched back to mono for one trip. After that, I immediately went back to braided. Braided is just way more sensitive. Braided will slip around the spool however. My reels don't have any holes in the spool to tie to. So I used the tape that came with my Power Pro and so far no issues.
Yes there is a learning curve. But I am not going back to mono.
Right on Kim. Great story and great question! I've been using braid for about 10 years since Power Pro came on the market. There is definately a learning curve but the pluses far out way the downfalls. Kim nailed it on the head with the basics of braid. A couple of other minor things to help along the way are:
1. Try not to spin the handle to close bail on your reel. If you simply close with your hand instead you find that you reduce the opportunity for "looping" which can lead to tangle and knots.
2 When using twitch baits or topwater baits aways keep good line tension when retrieving. The more slack you have in the line the more you increase opportunity for knots. IE: reel the line tight before "jerking or twitching" and remember braid has no stretch so your twitches and jerks should be less pronounced. It takes far less movement to get the bait to work proplerly.
3. Lastly on hook sets, it's vital not to "Hammer" the fish, again due to the lack of stretch a simple lifting motion or small "twitch" will hammer home the hook.
Hope this helps!!
AFTER FISHING COMMERCIALY AND AS A REC OVER 40 YEARS I ONLY USE MONO LINE FOR A LEADER. BRAIDED LINE [ANDRE BRAND] DOES NOT STRETCH LIKE MONO. YOU WILL HAVE BETER HOOK SETS. ALSO IF YOU HAVE A CROWS NEST PROBLEM, TRY LESS LINE ON THE SPOOL. ALSO WHEN CASTING INTO THE WIND, MAKE SURE U HAVE TENSION ON THE LINE BEFORE WINDING. ANOTHER ADVANTAGE IS THE DIAMETER. YOU CAN FISH MUCH HEAVIER LINE WITH THE SAME SPOOL SIZE. ALWAYS PUT A FEW WRAPS OF MONO ON THE SPOOL THEN TIE THE BRAIDED TO IT. THIS WILL KEEP IT FROM SPINNING ON THE SPOOL.