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SimonV
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 16, 2011 11:55 am Reply with quote Back to top

ive just got my new fs reels and they only come with one spools:( and i dont fancy spending 60 on a pair. So ive got a choice... 15 or 20lb. Most of my
fishing will be on the solent with. a couple of trips to dorset and norfolk. Fishing for what ever comes along Ive never fished with 20lb so dont know how it wil l hamper my cast
 
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 16, 2011 12:29 pm Reply with quote Back to top

hi simon
youll prob get a lot of diferent answer to this question but i my own case i use15lb main line and 60lb shockleader for all my shore / pier fishing hope this may help
cheers steve
 
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 16, 2011 1:17 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Unless rock fishing or fishing regular on a shingle beach 15lb should be quite adequate
Cheers
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 16, 2011 1:26 pm Reply with quote Back to top

As already stated 15lb should be perfectly adequate. If you have any doubt wrap a few turns around your hands and try pulling to snap it. 15lb is an awful lot stronger than you may imagine. Even harder is putting it through the rings of a rod and trying to pull hard enough to snap it. The snaps that come along when fishing are usually on a knot where the line is weakened. Take great care tying knots and the 15lb main line combined with a good leader will be fine.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 16, 2011 2:22 pm Reply with quote Back to top

I use 20lb because it gets dragged over Hayling shingle an awful lot of the time but I choose one which with a finer diameter for ease of casting. This is important because they do vary some, it should be possible to find 0.4 mm in 20 lb but don't go any thicker than that. Alternatively, you could split the difference and look for 18 lb which some guys do. Another but more expensive choice is of course braid if you are using a fixed spool reel. Met a guy the other day who was using a quality 30 lb braid on his FS, reckons it will last for ever even though it was dear so he wasn't bothered about the initial expense. He also said that fine braid tends to cut through weed better than mono but I personally can't substantiate that.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 16, 2011 3:48 pm Reply with quote Back to top

15lb will be more than enough for general fishing. The only time i would step it up to 18lb line is when your smut fishing. Most of the time the weed is terrible when smut bashing so 18lb ahould be ideal winking
 
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 16, 2011 3:59 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Cheers for the advice guys. Most of my fishing will be hayling island so ive just brought some daiwa 18lb... ready for Sat. Thanks again.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 16, 2011 4:13 pm Reply with quote Back to top

good luck simpm go get that line pulled big grin
cheers steve
 
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