what size test line do you use?

Discussion in 'All Catfishing' started by bigal1, Oct 16, 2005.

  1. bigal1

    bigal1 New Member

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    what size test line do you use?
     
  2. bigal1

    bigal1 New Member

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    i use 20lb test when i am pole fishin
     

  3. vlparrish

    vlparrish New Member

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    Bigal, I use 30lb line in just about every situation, but lately I have been wondering if I shouldn't go to a bigger line. I've had a couple fish break me off or run out enough drag to get into a snag. I've been trying to break the 50lb mark and have caught a 32lb flathead and a 43lb blue since the middle of summer, but the 50lb mark seems to always elude me. Vern
     
  4. T-Bone

    T-Bone New Member

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    20 lbs. Big Game is a good one to use. We use 2oz. sinkers with two hooks per line. I have found that 17 lbs. test is not a good one to use with this set-up.
     
  5. Paraguayguy

    Paraguayguy New Member

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    I use 40 pound test here on the James River. We have some pretty nice blue cats. Biggest so far was 54 pounds caught last April.
     
  6. fireman10535

    fireman10535 New Member

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    I'm a 20lb big game line man myself
     
  7. TIM HAGAN

    TIM HAGAN New Member

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    I use 50 or 65 spiderwire on all my rods this is this first season i have used it and love it.
     
  8. brian sax

    brian sax New Member

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    i use ten pound stren for my fishing.
     
  9. shania

    shania New Member

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    I use 20 lb test Stren Catfish line on most of my Catfishing Rods :006: .

    Bert :cool:
     
  10. wolfman

    wolfman Well-Known Member

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    I use Berkley big game 30-40 pound test mostly. I also use Sufix titanium plus 30 pound test.
     
  11. Rainman4u2

    Rainman4u2 Guest

    30 lb braided on the spinning reels, 40 lb on the baitcasters,

    Ray
     
  12. BIG GEORGE

    BIG GEORGE New Member

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    Berkley Big Game 25# test for my gear I use up here in the river. And 40# test of the same for my bigger road trip gear. Use 50# test leader material for snellin my hooks.
     
  13. bigal1

    bigal1 New Member

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    thanks for all your replys i was just making sure i wasnt using to small of line
     
  14. JAYNC

    JAYNC Active Member

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    I use 25# and 30# Berkley big game with a 18" leader of 80# gorilla braid. Last night I caught a 52# blue on 25# big game and a 35# flathead on the 30 and it never seemed like it was going to break.
     
  15. CJ21

    CJ21 New Member

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    I use 20 lb big game line or sometimes I use 20 lb stren.
     
  16. RiverratSC

    RiverratSC Active Member

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    30# mostly but I have braided of a few rods butt as it gets old I'll go back with mono.
     
  17. Mark J

    Mark J New Member

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    Jay, yup, it don't take 50 pound line to catch a 50 pound fish.
    Alot of folks forget that reels have a drag and it's purpose.
    If I'm in a boat I feel more comfortable with lighter lines because I know I can get to a snag if a fish hangs me.
    You'll find me using 20-25 pound monos with a 18"-3' 50 pound mono leader for brute fishing in the rivers.
    Meat fishing for 5-15 pound channels in a lake, a bass reel spooled with 12-14 pound is enough and a whole lot more fun.
     
  18. JERMSQUIRM

    JERMSQUIRM New Member

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    i use 20-30# stren on my abu's most of the time. some 24# spiderwire on my 33's.
     
  19. Marshallmth

    Marshallmth New Member

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    I also use 24# Spider-wire. That stuff is amazing.
     
  20. misterwhiskers

    misterwhiskers New Member

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    17-20 pound stren with 30 pound leaders