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BANGKOK 24 March 2019 20:55

Mono filament verses braid

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Last year I went to the new Bungsamran and my Shimano 8000 with 40lb mono filament wasn't up to it. A few times I was down to the knot tied to the spool and eventually lost all the line. The guide loaded braid. Now I know braid wont take any kind of abrasion so I got a Shimano 12000 and put 50lb line on it for Bungsamran with the intention of using lighter mono filament on the 8000 for sea fishing.

I went out to do some sea fishing with a Thai sports fisherman who advised switching to braid. I am guessing since you would have a a mono filament leader then braid is ok with coral and rocks.

Wonder what other people use for sea fishing?

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Most use braid in BSR some with a mono shock lead. It works ok unless there is wind. Then mono is better. So having 2 spools of line is useful, just buy an extra spool so you can switch. Though I used 50 LB mono usually but its a bit hard to use that on spinning as they don't have much capacity.


I have multiple reels and just select what i want depending on the wind. More wind id prefer mono as it does not float all over the place.


For sea fishing many advise to use braid too, and yes just a mono leader and your done. Braid just registers bites better as there is zero stretch.

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