Softening Monofilament to remove memory

Discussion in 'Fishing Line Review' started by PaJay-p, Oct 17, 2008.

  1. PaJay-p

    PaJay-p Guest

    Has anyone ever heard of using mineral oil to soften mono to reduce the memory. I read somewhere else on the web to soak your line in mineral oil overnight before spooling. I use some heavy mono that does have a lot of memory. Would this affect the line breaking strength or any other important factors?
     
  2. BIG_D

    BIG_D New Member

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    i use the heavy stuff and yes its got a lot of memory but im not sher if id want to put it in that stuff not only might it hert the line what about the smell id be afrade it would run the fish off as well im not sher id try it but if you do let me know how it works
     

  3. dougc

    dougc Active Member

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    Soak your spool of line in a bucket of water. Mono will absorb the water, making it more pliable.
     
  4. arkrivercatman

    arkrivercatman New Member

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    Yeah, I would go the water route myself. Works great for a cast net. so it should also for fishin line. I havent tried it, the line I use doesnt have alot of memory.
     
  5. JimmyJonny

    JimmyJonny Well-Known Member

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    Well you use fabric softener on cast nets to soften them but I'm to paranoid to try it on my line . Like mentioned, the smell and it might compromise the strength...I don't really know.

    As far as water soaking that's ok for new spooling. If your having memory problems while your fishing ( line has been wet for hours ) that's just part of using heavy line . Soaking before fishing will only help your first cast into the water. If your fishing your line is wet anyway.....the memory wont change.

    The best I can say is to spool out some line behind the boat and use heavier weights to keep out the memory coils.

    At least that's my theory...then again what do I know, LOL.
     
  6. jtrew

    jtrew New Member

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    Sorry, but IMO, having to soak your line went out with linen line. The best way I've found to get rid of mono curl is to throw it in the trash and put on braided superline.
     
  7. Backlashed

    Backlashed New Member

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    I agree with Jerry, (except for the braided part:wink:) There are so many kinds of line out now that don't have a memory, why mess with it.
     
  8. battman

    battman New Member

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    i use reel magic. they sell it at walmart. stuff is great for gettin coils outa ur line,even use it on my reels.comes in a can and you just spray it on ur line.
     
  9. slimdaddy

    slimdaddy Well-Known Member

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    there is some stuff called tangle free comes in a little bottle that softens ur line i have some but had it for years dont know if it still available or not yes they still make just found it at cabelas its called tangle free line dressing
     
  10. Cliffcat

    Cliffcat New Member

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    I agree with 'Battman' as I use the 'reel magic' product also. It does help take out some of the memory. Despite Jerry's comment, I do soak the mono in water overnight before I spool it on the reel. By the way, I have learned more from Jerry's comments on this board that any other, so thank you sir. I also make sure I spool the line on my reel so the line goes on my reel the same direction it was spooled at the factory. In Jerry's defense, I also use many types of line other than mono. Whatever fits the situation.

    Ralph
     
  11. Whistler

    Whistler Well-Known Member

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    I switched all my bait casters and spinning reels over to PowerPro. I haven't had a problem since with twisting line or line curl. And it's casts like a dream if you spool it properly. Some say braided is too expensive. I'm on year 5 with some of my lines and it's still as stong as the day I bought it. And when it does get to a point where I think it needs to be replace, I'll just spool it from one reel to another and it's brand new again.
     
  12. BIG_D

    BIG_D New Member

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    Bryan good point if you get that much time out of line in the long run you are saving mony and running it off on anuther reel to get to the unused line well thats a darn good idea that iv never thout of befor thanks for this useful post
     
  13. Katatonik

    Katatonik New Member

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    I've wanted to do something about my line tangling but I can never remember
    to do it before I'm already fishing again. Maybe it doesn't matter much in
    the long run. Don't think so much. Just fish.
     
  14. Manny

    Manny New Member

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    I too like the Power Pro over mono on my bigger river set ups, But i also like the monos forgiving stretch on my smaller cat poles.

    I use to do a lot of bass fishing, and would rig my topwater lures with poles that had the braid on it. As the braid tends to float as the mono sinks, giving you ample time to work your top water plug as slow as you want to.
     
  15. motard1

    motard1 New Member

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    I use power pro 65 now. Before to remove memory,tie the mono to your truck hitch. Let the line out while walking backwards. Pull like hell.
     
  16. CountryHart

    CountryHart New Member

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    I'm an advocate of reel magic and periodically tieing my line to the mailbox and backin up the road. Stretch the crap out of it, and keep on fishin. I don't run the really big stuff, cause all i catch is dinks.:wink:
     
  17. LEROYDOZOIS

    LEROYDOZOIS New Member

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    BRAID IS THE BEST THING IN THE WORLD IMO...HAHA

    BUT I STILL USE MONO WHEN IM SERIOUS ABOUT LINE TAKING ABUSE

    CAJUN RED,BBG AND A COUPLE OTHERS IM LOOKING AT FOR THE FUTURE ARE ALL STRONG BUT ALOT OF MEMORY

    I USE A 9 FT ROD AND A RATIO OF WEIGHT PER LINE # FOR REDUCING MEMORY ( CASTING ) BUT I KNOW FIRST HAND HOW TO MANAGE BAD LINE.......

    BEFORE I KNEW ANYTHING ABOUT FISHING I WOULD PUT 25 LB $2 LINE FROM WALMART ON A SMALL BASS COMBO( GOT LIKE 20 YDS ON IT ):smile2: SO NOW I MATCH RATINGS FOR EVEN PERFORMANCE ............

    I RECENTLY FOUND A SPOOL OF SHAKESPEARE MONIOFLEX( SPELLING) AND PUT IT ON ONE OF MY POLES ( THE SPOOL IS 6 YEARS OLD ) AND I PUT THE LINE ON THE RIGHT WAY ( SPINNING WITH THE REEL ) AND IT WORKS FINE ( DOESNT FLY OFF WHEN YOU OPEN THE BAIL OR ANYTHING )

    IM NOT BUYING ANYTHING FROM SHAKESPEARE ANYMORE BUT IM LOOKING AT SOME ( ECONOMY LINES ) AND THEY LOOK PRETY TOUGH :cool2:

    IF I WAS GOING FOR DISTANCE I WOULD USE BBG IN SMALL # AFTER THROWING IT A WHILE :wink:

    LeRoy
     
  18. Snagged2

    Snagged2 New Member

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    Man, I've tried most of those things on my hair,,,,,,,,

    some of must've soaked in, cause I can't remember nuthin'''
     
  19. Bambu

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    braid is good if theres no snags, abrasion resistance is terrible(any kind). if you boat fish and drift with braid you better have something to wrap the line around to get it free, do not use your hand trust me:wink: kinda see it like this if the line weight is twice your drag resistance you should be fine, ex; 10lbs drag 20lb line, at full drag your at half the line strenght which is a little much but if you cant slow the fish with that i dont think heavier line will help,imo.
    if you run heavy mono because of snags stay away from braid, if you run it because of big fish braid may work. i also use reel magic and it works pretty good its also good to clean the outside of reels with, its basically wd-40 so its a water displasment thing and helps prevent rust and corrosion. just my 2 cents
     
  20. Bambu

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    sleekcraft if your trying to catch 20lb striper id be wary of cheap line, the way i see it is the line, swivels, and hook are the cheapest thing that i can get good quality without high cost(high dollar reels and rods) so i try to use the best i can afford. good luck with the rockfish.:smile2: