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Troll with braid?

Post By: RogBow      Posted: 12/5/2019 7:49:11 AM     Points: 2261    
Any experience trolling using braid? Do you lose more fish? What action/for length? Thanks.
 Reply by: Pathway      Posted: 12/5/2019 8:15:44 AM     Points: 534    
Use a longer slower action rod and set your drag light.
 Reply by: SGM      Posted: 12/5/2019 8:38:50 AM     Points: 15633    
Yes I troll with it regularly. I too like a longer rod usually a medium light or even light to absorb some of the bite impact depending on the fish I am targeting.
 Reply by: Goosehunter82      Posted: 12/5/2019 9:50:56 AM     Points: 61287    
That all I troll with is braid and most of my fishing is trolling. Works great. I usually tie on a floro leader about the leinght of the rod. Never had an issue with loosing fish. I use heavy / fast and medium rods 7.6 ft. I do run my drags a little loose and also run high quality setups.
 Reply by: masteroftheloch      Posted: 12/5/2019 10:29:59 AM     Points: 164    
I am a Walleye Tournament Fisherman and I troll with braid and super lines often. I love using them and they have their benefits. Here are some general things to note when trolling with braid.

* your lures will generally run deeper on braid than they will on mono or flouro... braid is stronger and usually smaller in diameter than mono or flouro of the same line #lb test.
* you'll feel way more vibration of the lures action thru the rod tip...
* braid has no stretch so you'll get better hooksets with braid.

I often troll with braid for reasons that befit the situation based on some of the above mentioned characteristics. for example... when Im trolling crankbaits near weeds... braid helps me "read" when the lure gets "hung up" on a weed and no longer swims as it would if it was clean of any weeds.

I like using braid when trolling long line in deeper water... i.e. directly behind the boat.. not using planer boards or riggers... This helps the lures dive deeper and allows you to use less line to achieve the same running depths.

I also like using braid when trolling bottom bouncers. The braid transmits more of the sensitive light strikes when the fish picks up the bait. also if I get snagged on a walleye harness rig, you can break off just your leader and keep your bottom bouncer bread has a tougher break strength than mono or flouro.

as mentioned already. I like to troll braid on longer rods with a medium action as apposed to a stiff action. and I always put about 6 - 10 foot leader of mono or flouro when im trolling with braid.

I hope this helps...

good luck.
 Reply by: RogBow      Posted: 12/5/2019 10:53:43 AM     Points: 2261    
That does help and I appreciate the feedback. I may spool up two reels with 15 pp and run copoly leaders. Maybe try that for a few trips to determine loss and hookup rates. I can see huge value in bb with it.
 Reply by: GoNe_FiShIn_11      Posted: 12/5/2019 4:14:09 PM     Points: 9540    
That pretty much sums it up. Great info yíall. Lol. I wonít troll with any other line. Iíve too many fish to the over abundance of stretch from mono.

One thing I would like to add is to use mono backing or a pick of tape when spooling up your line. If you donít the braided line will spin on the spool. It happened to me when i was fishing in cold weather. I thought it was my drag too loose but i quickly realized it was my line pulling off the spool.
 Reply by: Goosehunter82      Posted: 12/5/2019 5:27:20 PM     Points: 61287    
That's a good point Tyler. I usenthe mono backer for the same reason but also to fill up the spool a bit. I use penn reels that take a lot of line. Braid costs a lot more than a roll of big bane mono so I fill them up a bit with that then add my braid.
 Reply by: Dan Swanson      Posted: 12/6/2019 8:41:21 AM     Points: 1380    
Just be aware that if you use an app or book like Precision Trolling you need to adjust for line diameter. 30# braid is the same diameter as 10# mono so the dive charts will need no adjustment. The charts generally will have a selection for 10# fire line braid.

You will need to use clips on your planer board and snap weights that are meant for braid or wrap line around the clip to prevent slippage.

Softer rods (but with enough backbone to handle boards) and lighter drags will help fight fish.

Personally I prefer mono for open water. I like the stretch for fighting fish when trolling, Iíll use 10# braid if I need to get deeper and 30# braid if Iím fishing treetops.
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