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I was curious if a Brother could tell me why fisherman don't buy the strongest {#} pound line for catching any size fish instead of purchasing a smaller pound line.Thank you for your instruction.


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1st and foremost, your reel will only hold so much line, the larger the line the less it will hold. I know you don't want to be out catfishing with your Aubu 6500 with 60ft of 60lb test line when you could have 100+ yards of 17lb test. you are more likely to wear a fish down and bring him in than you are to muscle him in. I personally use 50# test but I also use Calcutta 700TE reels.
 

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Lots of reason everyone has a different reason though. Heavier lines don't cast as well when you are bank fishing and need distance. You have to match the line with the reel. You don't want to put 40lb test on a reel that was designed to hold 12 or 14lb test. If you put too heavy of a line you won't have enough line. Besides that you may ruin the reel. ( especialyl so on spinners) Need more weight to hold down heavier lines. These are just some of my reasons. :wink: LOl
 

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Alot of reasons come into play. Using lighter line gives you better castability, you can fill the reel with more line. Lighter line is more sensitive for those lite biters. Alot of guys like using braided line. This gives them a smaller diameter line with heavier pound test.:0a26::0a18:

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Another reason is that extremely heavy line that gets hung up is very hard to break off. The break will be at the weakest point in the line and that may result in the loss of most of your line instead of just the terminal rig.
Poor casting distance with smaller sinkers is the main reason.
 

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While fishing for flatheads I use 60 pound Ande. One of my good flathead buddies who is a great flathead fisherman with some huge fish to his name thinks 20 pound is "heavy". I have rigs like this - Abu 6500's, ugly sticks, 20-30 pound line but I choose the heavier outfits and line mostly because I have confidence in them.
 

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What dictates what line I use is several factors. How much wieght I will be using and size of baits (current). What the reel is rated for (I may go to braid on a reel rated for say 14lb test mono, go to 65lb braid that is aprox 14 diameter) That way I dont jeapordize the amount of line capacity. If I need more casting distance, go to smaller mono or equiv diameter braid. What size fish I expect to POSSIBLY catch. Amount of structure Im fishing, water clarity etc. Pick a line that fills YOUR needs and set your drag accordinly! (Im not a spelling bee!) :wink:
 
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