Bank Fishing with 80lb Braided Line and 50lb Mono Leaders

Discussion in 'Fishing Line Review' started by catfish-for-life, Sep 4, 2006.

  1. catfish-for-life

    catfish-for-life New Member

    I fish from the bank with both spinning reels and baitcast reels with surf rods. I will be fishing below dams where alot of riprap is present for big cats. I have currently been using 50lb test spiderwire exclusively, however I have broke several lines very easilly when I was snagged. I have decided I need to use heavy mono leaders for their abrasion resistance factor. I need to be able to cats long distances, therefore I have found using Berkley Big Game 50lb test to be too heavy for long casting. I have decided to use an 80lb test braided line with a 50 lb test mono leader. By the way, I make all my leaders myself. I have been looking at trying some PowerPro. Anybody compared this to spiderwire? How do you guys feel about this idea? Thanks Guys.......
  2. AwShucks

    AwShucks New Member

    Guthrie, Oklaho
    Similar to you I use 16' poles with abu 7000's when fishing tailraces. But it is a matter of personal preference that I will not use over a 20 lb test line. I check my line quite often for abrasions and replace the line that has wear. I just don't want to hang a bunch of line out there on the rocks that may snag someone else's line or inadvertantly snag a fish. When my 20 lb breaks, it is usually at the hook or at the sinker. No long trails of line to wash down the river. I may loose some big fish this way, but my ego can stand the loss. LOL

  3. Jamey

    Jamey New Member

    Pegram, Tennessee
    I regularly bankfish tailraces, and use a couple of 12' Okuma Solaris Surf rods with Okuma Coronado CD-90 reels. Each one is spooled with 300 yards of 65lb PowerPro (backed with 50lb Cajun Red Lightning that I won't see until I change out the line). Tied to the PowerPro is a three-way swivel with a short 15lb mono leader for my sinker line and approximately 2-3' of 50lb Cajun Red Lightning and a snelled Gamakatsu 6/0 or 7/0 Octopus Circle hook. Two out of three times that I hang up, I get my rig back minus my sinker. When I do lose the entire rig, it breaks off near the swivel about 90% of the time.

    As for PowerPro vs. Spiderwire, IMHO, there's no comparison - PowerPro wins hands down. For some reason, Spiderwire seems to have a much shorter lifespan in the conditions I fish, whereas I can get a few seasons out of my PowerPro. Hope this helps!
  4. nitro

    nitro New Member

    Dover, TN
    Easy winner: power-pro. Just be sure to check it every time you reel in. If there are abrasions, cut them off and re-tie. For abrasion resistance, use flourocarbon. Berkley Vanish is my #1 leader line. Also, with power-pro you don't need the 50# line. 25# will do the job, with 40# flouro. leader.
  5. mrmarkedwards

    mrmarkedwards Active Member

    here's what i do i use 65lb powerpro with an 80lb shockleader. a shockleader is a length of mono to protect the rod and rig because powerpro has no stretch. to tie, tie an overhand knot in the mono,pass the pp through the knot and tie a 12 wrap uni knot,cinnch up the uni then cinch up the overhand and pull them together and trim close. reel this knot onto your reel and get 5 turns around the spool and clip the mono at the reel. this gives a leader to use all day and very few breakoffs and broken rods. try it and let me know what you think.

    not to blow smoke but i can put a bait out to 200 yds on any give day and 220+ on a good day(with the right rig thats another post)
  6. MNwiskers21

    MNwiskers21 New Member

    South Saint Paul, MN
    Hello Everyone,

    I personally use 30lb berkley fireline spooled on an abu garcia 6500 and a 7 1/2 foot medium to heavy action shakespear ugly stick. But I believe that the lb test of your line doesn't matter to a certian point. About a month ago I was bank fishing on the Mississippi River hear in Mn where I live and I was fishing for channels with a 6 ft guide series rod and a smaller phluger spinning reel spooled with 10lb test stren and a small #2 octopus circle hook baited with about a 3 to 4 inch live shinner. I was just about to head home for the day, it was about 6 in the afternoon and I realized that my line had gone slack so I picked the rod up but didn't feel a thing but set the hook anyway. Well to make a long story short there was a fish and I managed to land it, the fish was a 45lb 53inch flathead. This just goes to show that you can catch big fish on light tackle. I hope to soon upload the photo to show you all.

    Take Care Everyone!

    Sincerly, Kevin
  7. Baitkiller

    Baitkiller New Member

    Akron, Ohio
    I been using 50# Spiderwire"Stealth" with 50# mono leaders, etc. Never have I broke the Spiderwire in 4 years now and this is fishing "Snag City". Now sinkers and hooks I have lost more than you would believe!!!!!!!!

  8. waltywalt

    waltywalt New Member

    i have a 80lb test line that i use on a rhino open face reel and i use a 50 lb test on a bait cast reel and it works just fine for me the eight pound test is hard to break when i get snagged but i love the line