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What line should i use?

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I'm looking at 10 lb line i think, casting spinners and spoons from a 9ft spinning combo, for shore. Think i should use fireline or mono or what?

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Personal preference. I like both. Try mono first. If you don't like it, try the fireline.

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Superlines all the way, and you can probably get by with 14lb or 20lb in them too. Everyone will tell you what brand they like, but really it's preference. I think I am yet to break a superline on a fish, with mono it was happening a couple times a year (usually because I forget to check and re-tie after it got nicked up).

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Are you looking for casting distance? that makes a big difference...I don't use much 10 lb., I can cast 6 or 8 much better, but I'm usually looking for distance as well. And I tend to use the lightest line (within reason) for the size fish I expect to catch, taking into account the amount of brush, snags, etc...in the water I'm fishing. Personally, I don't get into braids until I get into heavier line classes and tougher fishing situations; heavy weeds, wood, muskies...

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i'm just looking to try for loopers/steelhead from the north shore. distance is a factor.

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Then superline is the winner, my fav is PowerPro. If you want you can always tie a flourocarbon leader to help get more bites.

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gotta disagree there. Throwing spoons on the shore is exactly what I love the 6 lb for. Not to be a jerk, but I challenge anyone to outcast me with any braid:) Yes, it's tougher, and might save you a fish; but I'll take 6 lb trilene lx for castability. Put a 5/8 kroc on a full spool with the right rod, and you can light a cigatette waiting for the thing to land.....way out there! (PS I actually quit smoking 24 years ago)

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I use 14/6 Fireline and can cast a mile with it. I also like that it is no stretch so I can set the hook on a fish that hits far from the boat with no problems. I would imagine that 6 lb. mono would have a ton of stretch at the end of a long cast which may cause a few missed hooksets. The 10 pound test Fireline is also wonderful.

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Generally braid casts further because it has less line slap than mono on the guides during a cast. Maybe you got a really good spool of XL, but I accept your challenge.

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If your lookig for pure distance, I haven't casted a ton of lines, but Triple Fish think its called triple x copolymer, is soooo limp and casts sooo far. When I tried it, I couldn't believe it. I have hardly used it though cause it stretches to much for my liking.

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Squeedunk...yup, line stretch is my only gripe with mono, and I've tried light braid and lost casting distance. Useing a long rod and making a long sweeping hookset I don't miss many hits, but i know I might be better off losing a little distance and having the no stretch line. Just can't bring myself to giving up the distance:)

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Tonkabass...I've probably went thru a couple dozen spools of 6 lb. XL after doing this for 20 + years, so I don't think it was a special spool. If you ever come up to the shore, I'm only 2 minutes from the french and would be available to school you on short notice:)

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My favorite line is Vanish. Use it all the time. I have spooled the rod up with a super line and then use the vanish as a leader and that works as well.

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You can really whip 10lb power pro. I Would have to say that would be your best bet. Much stranger than mono for what you're looking to use it for. Shore fishing can be rough on line!

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For shorecasting spoons I like a reel with a large spool, long rod with well placed eyes and 10# power Pro. It casts farther than any 10# mono I have tried and I get better hooksets on long casts. Oh and sharpen them hooks good.

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Far-1 was talking about 10# mono. Traveler is casting 6#. There is a pretty big difference in casting performance between 6# & 10#. In general the braid will cast farther. I'm not sure if it’s relevant with the spoons you're throwing, but generally a lure runs deeper with braid than mono. If you do use a braid, I love power-pro.

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Go with the super braide! It won't coil like mono and it will last for years. If you think fish will see it add a 3' fluorocarbon leader to the end of it or Add a mono shock leader to the end of it. Fluorocarbon and mono lines is just leader material if you ask me.

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Thanks for the info. I'm gonna have to go with the 10 lb power pro and i have some 12lb or 6lb fluro i can throw on a leader. just got a new 9ft med fish eagle II steelhead rod with a spirex 4000 fg reel.

i'm tempted to go to the local pier and practice cast out on the ice until i can make a run down to the shore! wink

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