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PostPosted: Wed Oct 05, 2011 5:36 am Reply with quote Back to top

It may seem a bit basic to some, but braid is desigined to allow you to fish with light weights and to reduce tidal drag also to keep in contact with your quarry so that you can feel every twist and turn the fish makes. Good quality heavy braid of 80lb is only about the same diameter as 15lb mono which gives you the distance whilst using heavy line so you can reduce those tackle losses and snap-offs normally caused by weed and snags.

I would advise using a long soft rod so as to absorb those sudden shock runs that we are likely to experience from such fish as bass etc. This not only absorbs shocks but gives a better bite indication for those smaller species.

The use of mono shock leader of 50lb or more defeats the object by increasing tidal drag and allowing stretch between the tackle and rod.

As I said at the begining of my post a bit basic but it may help.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 05, 2011 10:11 am Reply with quote Back to top

The only problem i see with braid is that if you use a cheap rod then the braid can bed in the rings. My suggestion would be quality braid for a quality rod winking
 
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 05, 2011 10:40 am Reply with quote Back to top

I think it's best reserved for boat work. I tried some for beach casting a while back and it soon began to show signs of fraying - probably due to being dragged over shingle, etc. Unless you know better?
 
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 05, 2011 4:51 pm Reply with quote Back to top

flattiefanatic wrote:
The only problem i see with braid is that if you use a cheap rod then the braid can bed in the rings. My suggestion would be quality braid for a quality rod winking


Hi,

Having recently returned to sea fishing after a long lay off, I have replaced the old mono lines on my boat reels with braid. But my 2 boat rods (both circa 1975) are a Shakespeare Sigma 1470/050 with lined rings and an Abu Pirker with all metal rings. As these rods were made long before braid was even thought of, does anybody know if they will stand up to being used with braid? Both rods are in 'almost new' condition. Or would this be a good time to update my rods as well as my line? I have been thinking of looking around for lighter rods, although there is nothing wrong with my old rods except they are 'heavy duty'!

Thanks and cheers, Geoff happy happy happy
 
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 05, 2011 5:20 pm Reply with quote Back to top

if you are using braid on a boat i would advise you to change you end eye for rollers as braid has a tendency to cut through ceramic eye rings

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 06, 2011 6:51 am Reply with quote Back to top

jacko69 wrote:
if you are using braid on a boat i would advise you to change you end eye for rollers as braid has a tendency to cut through ceramic eye rings

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Exactly the point i was making winking
 
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 06, 2011 7:30 am Reply with quote Back to top

The point made by the two previous posts is well worth noting. Braid can play havoc with the top ring and has already been mentioned it would be adviseable to change the top ring for a roller on a boat rod. The original post was for those who intened to use it fishing from the shore.

Braid seems to becoming more and more popular among the coarse fishing fraternity.

One point worth mentioning is that if used on a multiplier (which I would strongly advise against) a birds nest can be almost impossible to unravel.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 06, 2011 8:14 am Reply with quote Back to top

Thanks everybody - as usual, clear and sensible advice. Much appreciated.

Cheers, Geoff happy happy happy
 
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