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Trolling Main Line - recommendations/thoughts


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Good Day, 

I have been very lucky with 7 years of trolling with the same line on my Tekota 300 and 500 reels. I have them spooled 100% with fluorocarbon line, no backer. I know, I know, why no backer? I did this to allow for long break offs if fishing and having the ability to continue fishing with the same rod/reel without having to address the issue until back at the dock. Also got a break for the large spool when purchased. It was costly, but more then once the idea has kept me fishing non-stop. Time to change the lines.

 

I was hoping to get some guidance and recommendations on line set up options and manufacturers. It has been 7 years since my bulk line purchase of FC and know there are many choices now. . I fish the Fingers only, so have been running 12- 14lb, with no issues. It seems there are better set ups available now? I am using 3/5/7 colors on three inline boards (good there). So the new line and setup would be for the DR's and the remaining inline boards. I am good with my Dipsey setup. And still have some of the original FF line for my 500's late in the Summer. Thanks in advance for your thoughts.

 

Dave

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I would use 20lbs Big Game momo for your backer with 12-15lbs fluor for your leaders fishing the finger lakes. Learn how to tie a double uni knot. Very easy way to replace your leader when it gets to short, or you break off. You can do it right on the boat.  Simple and easy.

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Thanks Jason, was thinking along those lines as well. I would end up with very long leaders I think. I just can't see dragging six planner boards with 20lb mono through the very clear water. Got to scare the fish a bit I would think. That is the main reason I went with the thin FC when I originally spooled.

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If you're worried about the 20 lbs momo, bump it up to 30, and run your lower pound fc. I have 100' fc leaders on my board rods.  Even if you want to go longer on your leaders, it's still going to be more cost effective than running all fc. 

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