How much line do you prefer on your reel?

Discussion in 'Fishing Line Review' started by FLATHEAD STEVE, Apr 2, 2008.

  1. FLATHEAD STEVE

    FLATHEAD STEVE New Member

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    I was wanting to know how much and what kind of line everyone uses on thier reels and why..
    I like to have at least 300yds of 50-65lb braid on all my reels. The reason for so much line is that I do alot of ballooning down river from bridges to that certain little honeyhole or log jam, second reason being I believe one can never have too much line.... You never know what size fish your gonna get and might as well be ready, Third being I like the extra line for trying new setups and having to cut it for any reason.. WOULD LIKE TO HERE WHAT YOU GUYS & GALS USE.
     
  2. poisonpits

    poisonpits Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    no matter what size reel im using i like it full.most line i have on a reel is 300 yards of power pro and for the same reason you do.i float a cat bobber a long way out from shore or i put it out with my remote control boat.
     

  3. BAM

    BAM New Member

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    I prefer to have the reel full, as to preference of line depends on how, where, and what I am fishing for. Most of my catfishing is with braid.
     
  4. spcmitchell28

    spcmitchell28 New Member

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    I always keep my reels topped off with 65lb power pro:tounge_out:
     
  5. mariofish

    mariofish New Member

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    welcome to boc good tips in boc lib:smile2:
     
  6. mariofish

    mariofish New Member

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    i use 200yrd on by reels so it can run good:wink:
     
  7. HOPPY4

    HOPPY4 New Member

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    It should be noted that if you are casting, the line will come off of the spool better and allow for longer casts if it is full. (Spinning Reels) Full meaning at least to 1/4 inch before the lip. If you are not casting, then it is a matter of knowing that you can allow a Larger fish to take line on it's initial run and still be able to play it without worry on being spooled. On a Baitcaster, you have more leway!! It is a matter of your fishing situation. If you need more line to reach further distance, then a Full spool will make the difference and vice-versa when not. By Choice, Keep the Spool FULL! You then have a more versitile set-up! JMHO!!!!!!!

    HOPPY4
     
  8. lawnman61

    lawnman61 New Member

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    All my reels are full spooled, my big cat rods have 250 to 300 yrd of 35 to 50 lb. Cajun red line and Big Game green line.
    :wink::big_smile:
     
  9. shania

    shania New Member

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    I agree with James on this 110%, because I fish from the shore line & I like to make longer casts in the day time hours - when night fishing my cast does not have to be as long - but I keep all of my Spinning Reels full just for that same reason.
    :wink:
     
  10. wolfman

    wolfman Well-Known Member

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    I have been spooled before by a big fish, so I prefer to have a full spool.
     
  11. CountryHart

    CountryHart New Member

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    I also agree. If a spinning reel has to much, you'll soon know it.
     
  12. gilmafam

    gilmafam Well-Known Member

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    I haven't tried the balloons in fresh water as of yet.....:cool2:

    Tired it in the salt before.... but that is somethng that I have to try.......

    Like the input that you guys have mentioned.....
    might be the ticket on the colorado river for big flats......:wink:

    Bayrunner ray
     
  13. chris dornbusch

    chris dornbusch New Member

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    Full and 50 lb line on all cat poles. Smaller poles the line may change butt,allway full.Never know what going to happe:0a23:n...
     
  14. crazy

    crazy New Member

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    I like to keep the reel full.
     
  15. ozzy

    ozzy New Member

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    As full as possible, never know when ya might need it.
     
  16. catfisherman_eky3

    catfisherman_eky3 New Member

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    I usually make sure mine is full
     
  17. Dadoftwo

    Dadoftwo New Member

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    I fill me reels all the way to the rim.
     
  18. catfisherman_eky3

    catfisherman_eky3 New Member

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    I use 30 pound trilene big game green line
     
  19. StormCaster

    StormCaster New Member

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    On my conventional reels I fill it to 1/8" below the top of the spool.