What Pound Mono for Flatheads

Discussion in 'Flathead Catfish' started by Catfishn22, Mar 23, 2008.

  1. Catfishn22

    Catfishn22 New Member

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    I usually use 30lb. or 40lb. Big Game mono for my flathead fishing. Most of my fishing is in rivers with a fair amount of cover.

    For those of you who use mono line what poundage do you use when targeting flatheads?
     
  2. catfishjohn

    catfishjohn New Member

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    I personally like Big Game 30# test. I may go to 40# test on one of my reels to see how I like it this year.
     

  3. orion_xxvx

    orion_xxvx New Member

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    If water is muddy ill use 40 lb big game otherwise i use braid.
     
  4. zeboman

    zeboman New Member

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    I use 30lb. mono, Most Pa. flatheads don`t get that big.
     
  5. wolfman

    wolfman Well-Known Member

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    Walter Flack
    Ive tried all different types and sizes of monos and found that 40lb Berkley Big Game works best for me
     
  6. buckeyejim

    buckeyejim New Member

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    30 # Big Game Good Luck!
     
  7. bigfish08

    bigfish08 New Member

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    completely depends on where you fish, the river i fish has alot of cover and i lost a fish on 40 big game last year, ive considered stepping up to 50 pound big game on my really heavy set up, not sure how well that would perform, i would imagine good,
     
  8. dafin

    dafin New Member

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    I use 20# big game, It has worked well for me for flats up to the mid 50s.
     
  9. catfisherman_eky3

    catfisherman_eky3 New Member

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    I use 30 pound big game line too
     
  10. flathunter

    flathunter New Member

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    I have found that 20-lb mono is all I need, I have caught fish up to 50-lbs in river current with 20-lb mono...I just make sure it's good fresh line.
     
  11. Wolfdog

    Wolfdog New Member

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    I picked up a spool of Cajun line in 30# test.Haven use it before but will give it a try.
     
  12. Bacardipr05

    Bacardipr05 New Member

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    Robert I am currently in the experimental stage. Been primarily a channel cat man and i got turned on to the flatheads last summer. Currently debating about 20 and 25lb line. As per Zeboman pointed out here the PA flats dont really get beyond 30lbs as far as I can tell.
     
  13. firechief4201

    firechief4201 New Member

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    I use 30lb. cajun red and love it.
     
  14. big_fish

    big_fish New Member

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    michigan
    I use 25# mono never had any problems.
     
  15. bigfish08

    bigfish08 New Member

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    that is the tuffest line i have ever used.. i now use it for leaders, it not quite flexible enough in 40# for casting..
     
  16. eaglesfan00000

    eaglesfan00000 New Member

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    I use 30 # Big Game but I'm gonna try Sufix Superior starting off.
    Anybody tryed that 30# sufix Superior??
     
  17. Cuda-Cada

    Cuda-Cada Member

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    I use 60 pound Ande.
     
  18. catfishrollo

    catfishrollo New Member

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    this depends on alot of things. you need to consider the area your going to be targeting them, whether it be more open water such as lakes or res. or whether it be a small river with lots of structure, or even a large river with more open water and less structure. you also should consider the type of tackle you will be using including the action and length of the rod. there is alot of variables to consider. i use mostly 30 and 40 pound big game, but also spool with 65lb. power pro for certain situations. you can get away with smaller diameter line at times, but i think if you are gonna probe them areas that are full of rock and timber, i would go with a larger mono such as 40lb. big game when you need to lay the meat to them, and larger diameter is obviously better for abrasions...good luck... rollo
     
  19. PhillyCatcatcher4

    PhillyCatcatcher4 New Member

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    I'll be using 25&30# Stren Magnaflex this year. It seems to be a good tough line.
     
  20. riv56

    riv56 New Member

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    pennsylvania
    I use 40# mono I usually fish pretty much bottom clear of trees an snags but I have still had to fire up an chase a few big ones.