I decided to try some 45 lb Power-Pro braid on my ABU 5000 to get a little more line capacity. I set my drag at 8 pounds, like I do on my mono-filled rods. I've noticed that when that rod gets bit, it jars the whole boat. I assume that is because the braid has no stretch. I did tie a longer mono leader on to act as a shock absorber. I can't tell yet if that is going to help much. It may be my imagination, but it seems that I have fewer hook-ups on that line than on my others. All of my others are spooled with 20 pound test PLine extra strong. I wonder if the fish feel the line quicker with the braid and drop it before hooking up. I have seen the line bury itself in the reel after a hard fight, but not enough to be a real problem. I have a couple of spinning outfits and have been wanting to go to braid on them, but for right now, the jury is still out on the braid. What do you guys think, to braid or not to braid?