Line choice for heavy cover
Posted: 03 February 2010 07:52 AM   [ Ignore ]
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I was curious to see what choice in fishing line others in here were using for bass fishing in heavy cover, such as lilly pads, laydowns, and so on. Last year I used the Trilene 100% Flourocarbon line and did pretty well with it. I’ve used braid and it’s very nice for using in these conditions, but when using jigs and soft plastics, I had more hits with flourocarbon line. I’ve also used copolymer lines such as Bagley SilverThread and that works very well for me as well. For some reason, I seem to have many more hits using a green tinted line in our local waters than I do a clear line. I would like to try a copolymer line thats is abrasion resistant with a green tint in 20 pound test this year but I havn’t seen any such animal yet. So whats your line choices for pitchin and flippin into heavy cover this year?

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Posted: 03 February 2010 10:09 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Sounds like you have about covered them all and with good luck too. With that being the case I would suggest to use the one you like the best from all those you mentioned. Seems like you got a good handle on it.
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Posted: 03 February 2010 11:00 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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keithdog - 03 February 2010 12:52 PM

I would like to try a copolymer line thats is abrasion resistant with a green tint in 20 pound test this year but I havn’t seen any such animal yet.

Here are two lines you might be interested in. P-Line CXX X-tra Strong Copolymer, and P-Line Floroclear, are both copolymer lines offered in the green tint you are looking for. Its not too expensive. At Bass Pro Shops P-Line CXX, and Floroclear 17-20 LB test line is $10.99 for 300-260 yards.

http://www.basspro.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/SearchResults?hvarSearchString=P-line+&searchOption=products&storeId=10151&catalogId=10001&langId;=-1&CMID=TOP_SEARCH_GO

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Posted: 03 February 2010 06:29 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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keithdog - 03 February 2010 12:52 PM

I would like to try a copolymer line thats is abrasion resistant with a green tint in 20 pound test this year but I havn’t seen any such animal yet.

Here are two lines you might be interested in. P-Line CXX X-tra Strong Copolymer, and P-Line Floroclear, are both copolymer lines offered in the green tint you are looking for. Its not too expensive. At Bass Pro Shops P-Line CXX, and Floroclear 17-20 LB test line is $10.99 for 300-260 yards.

http://www.basspro.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/SearchResults?hvarSearchString=P-line+&searchOption=products&storeId=10151&catalogId=10001&langId;=-1&CMID=TOP_SEARCH_GO

Have you by chance been able to try the P-Line CXX line? I’m wondering if it’s a stiff line that has memory problems?

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Posted: 03 February 2010 08:18 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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17 lb. Vicious Fluorocarbon does the job for me. It holds up well and casts nice. I started using it last year after trading in the Vanish line.

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Posted: 03 February 2010 08:25 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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I use mostly 17-20lb fluorocarbon for jigs. Fish it in just about all types of cover. Use BPS XPS line most of the time due to the heavy discount for staff members. I was looking at the Silver Thread Fluorocarbon too. I may give some of that a shot this year.

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Posted: 03 February 2010 08:39 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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I use 17 or 20lb test fluoro or 50lb braid. For the braid I use BPS Excel braid and I don’t have a fluoro that I stick with throughout the season though.

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Posted: 03 February 2010 10:32 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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I use 65lb Spiderwire Stealth braid with a 5-6 foot (usally roughly 2 feet shorter than my rod) 20lb Berkley 100% floro leader tied together with a double uni knot. (check youtube for knot instructions)  Unless the water has less than 6 inches of visibility then I ditch the leader. 

I like the backbone that the braid gives and the clarity of the floro will result in more strikes, also the braid floats and makes line watching much easier

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Posted: 04 February 2010 12:35 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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keithdog - 03 February 2010 11:29 PM

Have you by chance been able to try the P-Line CXX line? I’m wondering if it’s a stiff line that has memory problems?

Have not used P-Line CXX, but I have used P-Line Floroclear. Its a good line, but I prefer 100% Fluorocarbon lines over Copolymer. I use BPS Sig. Series Fluorocarbon for a lot of applications. Its great for fishing soft plastics, Pitchn’ & Flippn’, Spinnerbaits, and crankbaits, and is reliable in heavy cover. I also like the fact that is more affordable than other 100% fluorocarbon lines.

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Posted: 04 February 2010 02:54 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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I will be using Stren 20 pd. Braid for all topwater this year, with Stren 15 pd. Flouricarbon for all underwater applications. Last year I used Stren 15 pd. mono for everything, and had a great year. This will be my first year changing lines, and It usually takestrying out stuff for me before I can make a judgement call.

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Posted: 05 February 2010 02:51 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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You will wish you had changed to floro earlier!  The only reason I buy mono anymore is for topwater.  Although I have never tried Stren Floro, I’m sure it’s fine, but if you’re not happy with it give Berkley 100% a try (great rebate on berkley products through bass pro right now)

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Posted: 05 February 2010 06:52 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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Here in Michigan we are dealt with very clear water and weedy lakes,  when I’m out fishing weed covered flats and such I use flourocarbon line pitching baits I go up to 20# and when throwing senkos I like 12-14#,  lipless baits I will use line between 14-17#.  Now if I’m fishing frogs over pads I will use 65# braid or when I’m pitching to pad fields because the braid will cut thru the pad stems when a fish runs making it easier to land them.

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Posted: 05 February 2010 09:20 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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i put P-Line Cxx on 4 reels, its super strong, BUT, the memory is bad and it is superstiff. I dont backlash much, but within 1 hour i had all 4 reels unusable.

Now, I dont want to put P-Line down, cause P-Line halo is by far the best line i have ever used, Mist green flouro, strong as can be and cast well without a bunch of memory and stiffness. Viscious makes great line too, and i use them cause i reline so often i cant afford 22.00 per reel for halo once a month.

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