Test line strength

Discussion in 'All Catfishing' started by TX Fisherman, Jun 18, 2007.

  1. TX Fisherman

    TX Fisherman New Member

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    what size test line do yall use??? one of our brothers set a new test line record for the like 130ib test line class with an 85ib blue??? i was wondering if thats about teh sized everyone used??? when ever i go catfishin i usually use about 20ib mono and turn the drag down... i caught a 30ib carp with 4ib test and i was just wondering if anyone did the same thing as i did, use light test to land big fish?
     
  2. AwShucks

    AwShucks New Member

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    I'd say it depends on weather they were meat fishing or fun fishing. You use different tactics under these conditions.
     

  3. CJ21

    CJ21 New Member

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    I fish for fun so I use 20lb test.
     
  4. catfisherman60

    catfisherman60 New Member

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    I use 20-50# test. 50# most on the river.
     
  5. biggen0_8

    biggen0_8 New Member

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    The water I fish normally doesn't produce channels of more than 10lbs, although there are rumors of bigger ones. My fishing buddy doesn't use anything bigger than 12lb. test. And as he says, you can land anything, if you set your drag right and don't "horse" them. I prefer 20lb mono, mainly because we have zebra mussels that will chew thru light stuff, my buddy is always getting chewed off, I never do. So I guess it just depends on your situation. Oh, also the water we fish doesn't have alot of nasty bottom structure, it's usually pretty snag free, so again that makes a difference. Since you don't have to worry about them running under a big old log and needing to horse them out from underneath it.
     
  6. big-muddy

    big-muddy New Member

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    on my baitcasters i use 40# braided remington, on my closed face i use 20#mono. i had a fish break the 20 #mono once, but my reel had locked up so i couldnt use the drag.
     
  7. bodi

    bodi New Member

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    it depends on fun or serious fishing i would use heavier line for serious fishing because i want to be serious and not get disappointed by losing a big one
     
  8. poisonpits

    poisonpits Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    if im fishing small rivers where i know im not likely to run across a realy big fish i use 20 lb.line.when im fishing the arkansas river or a lake where im fishing for big fish i use 65 lb.powerpro.
     
  9. gcarlin

    gcarlin New Member

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    THE HIGHEST LINE WEIGHT THAT I USE ON FLATTIES AND CARPIS 14LB LINE
     
  10. CatfishHateMe

    CatfishHateMe New Member

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    30-50 pound mono, and braid is what ever i can afford over 40 pounds. i like useing mono around here because of all the snags.
     
  11. Cat Hunter

    Cat Hunter New Member

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    I use a diffrent size line on all my rods ranging from 10lb to 30lb. I also usually use braided lines. I just pray the 50lb fish dosent jump on my 10lb test line.
     
  12. catsandman

    catsandman New Member

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    You can't beat 50lb PowerPro.
     
  13. McDreamy

    McDreamy New Member

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    i use 20lb suffix or triple fish only because where i fish is very hangy and if it gets hungup really bad iwant to be able tobreak it off re rigg and keep fishing
     
  14. catfish chaser

    catfish chaser New Member

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    I like to use 50# braid line. I like the new ugly stick Braided lines
     
  15. bodi

    bodi New Member

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    i use 60lb cajun line and it works great but it matters were you are fishing at and how big the fish are