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December 29, 2010

Braid? or Not Braid?

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I have seen an increased use of braid line in recent years. I can understant how it would make a difference fishing in fifty to a hundred feet of water setting the hook is a twenty five pound grouper, but does is treally make a difference catching two pound mullets,  three pound trout, or five pound reds and blues? To me it's expensive and I have not bought it yet to try. I don't  seem to miss a lot of bites, or could it be that I just don't feel some of the bites because of the stretch of the mono?  I would really like to hear some opinions, to help me decide if the extra bucks will actually get me more fish in that cooler.

It was really a nice day. I had to baby sit a sick dog, so I didn't get to go out. Did anyone get out in the surf, on the pier, or on the water today?

Till next time....
Tight lines!


  1. I've got braided line myself and frankly, prefer it over the mono I used to fish with. The sensitivity of braided just can't be beat and you can count on it not breaking off - even if you aren't catching records. Braided also seems practically invisible in the water.

    But that strength can be a real drag when you are snagged on an oyster bed - lots of unnecessary spooling. Also, most light braided is so light compared to mono that it knots up in an instant if your not careful. A good fishing buddy of mine curses his braid and wants very much to return to mono. The cost is also something to consider in these lean times.

    Like most things fishing, it comes down to personal taste and whatever gives you more confidence to keep on fishing, hook-ups or not.

  2. Thanks for your response. I fish with several different fishing combos, and currently replace the mono every year on all my reels, so cost is a big concern for me. How often is it necessary to replace the braid?

  3. The guys at Tex's Tackle recommended replacing the braid at least every other year - depending a lot on how much wear your line is taking. I have had my braid on for about a year an a half and it still looks bright and tight, so I'll probably hold out until it really shows its age.

    Thanks for keeping such a great blog, I very much enjoy it.


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