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Discussion in 'All Catfishing' started by beetle, Oct 28, 2006.
How heavy a line do you use when river fishing?
when on the mississippi i will use 20 pounds at the lightest the heaviest i use is 80 pound iron silk just started using it a few months ago and this spring every pole i own will have iron silk on it i have seen guys using 100 pound test a few times
Seeing where & what you fish for I'd suggest if snags @ a min. 30 mono or 50 super braid.
Have to Agree with BaitKiller He Gave You some Good advice. J.D.
I gear for the largest size cats that swim in the Muskingum. The last few yrs a 70+ pounder comes out at least once. If you aint ready for one that size you'll never catch one. If you like eatin size and up to say 50 lbs go for 30 to 40 lb mono, like berkley big game. If you want to have a chance to land some over 50 lbs go with a braid at least 80 lb strength. It will hold up better aginst abrasion than 50 lb braid. I'm using 80 lb spider wire now and haven't had any complaints.
I agree with s_man, 30-40lb line in the smallest I would attemt to use...unless you wanted to target channels on dipbait
i use 30 pound test cajon fire line have not had the big one on yet but its beet a good line for me id say the biger the fish you wont to catch the heaver the line you will need
I have used bass pro shops (excel) line for all kinds of fish.Never had a problem with this line.You can buy large spools rather cheap, for a great line.So im always able to have fresh line on my reels. Catfish i use #30 .
I won't go over 5lb above what reel is rated for,30lb is as heavy as I use.Geting larger Penn this winter and will go up a little.I was peer fishing in Florida back in Sept. with a fellow from Fairborn,ohio who landed a shark almost six foot with 30lb.line.It took him about two hours but was lot of fun.I can post picture if someone would like to see.
Id like to see that shark!
Here on the Ohio River I use 30 pound big game for almost all my blue cat fishing. I have never had a fish break my line. I do not hog fish. A 70 pound blue will not excert 70 pounds of force. Things like water resistance and such make it not possible. I believe 30 pound is sufficient for almost all my catfishing-just can't hog them in, gotta play them a little bit. But that's what makes it fun. I could use cable and a winch, but that's not fun. a 50 pound blue on 30 pound line is. The only time I step up into the 50+ class range is fishing very heavy structure for flatheads and hogging is a must there.
I use 25 pound.....lakes 20 ....:smile2:
20# big cat line for channels, 50# big game for flats.
20 # on my spinners, 30# on my bait casters.
Big game solar collector or Cajun Red, either work well, I can tie knots easier with the Big Game.
Big Rivers like the Ohio require big tackle. 80 pound Power Pro for me.
I use 65 lb power pro all the way.
since I mainly target blues with a carolina rig in standing timber, low memory and hi vis is important to me. Main line is Ande 25# envy green, Leader is 50# Cajun red. I've seen this basic set-up land them in to 60 - 70 lbs class.
I use 30# Berkley Big Game on the Mon & OH rivers in WV.
Depends on how much lead and how hard you cast. Anytime I go over 6 oz and i'm really gunnin it out from the bank 25lb is minimum. Boat fishing this doesn't really apply. Bigger is better if your trying to land giants ,but your reel will need some good capacity. 50-80lb mono 80-130lb braid, the sky's the limit.
I fish the ohio river and the james in virginia.I use 30lb berkley big game and I use to use a 40lb leader ,but had a big fish on the james ware threw the line after 25min of fight so I now use a 60lb leader.
I use 20 lb test and 20 lb leaders! That will catch anything lol.