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what are you winding for the Cortez and offshore?  i'm thinking 50, 65, 80, and 135#?  looks like i'm going with izorline but are there differences?  absolute braid newbie here.

lee

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This is what I took with me. The 30lbs did great with some fighty yellowtail and let the sardines swim far far away.

had no bites in the 80lbs set-up but it looked real nice :)

I took pics of it before I left in case I needed to know to stay away or reorder. I do recommend the Pline as the mono.. bird nesting was basically eliminated even with me setting up the reel the night before the trip.

have fun!

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For flylining a lighter set up I would recommend white or another bright color that will help you see your line. My 25/30# rig has 40# White Power Pro and I switch a short leader depending on the bite. For a heavier rig for deep dropping with a jig or sinker rig, I would maybe look into that line counter stuff. Most of the time I had very little idea how deep I was other than looking at the rings on the inside of the spool as a general reference. The bigger fish I got last time was on 80# White Power Pro with Blue Seaguar 60# fluoro for leader. I used a pretty short topshot on that one. Maybe only a few feet of fluoro, like 3 or 4' max. I would recommend a good bit longer. Maybe 25 yards or so. Especially if you are not casting that rig much. If you use some mono as a topshot in between, fluoro can be much shorter. More than one way to skin that cat, for sure.

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If you are chucking jigs 80# spectra with 50# mono top shot should work...maybe go bigger at Guadalupe or Alijos...if you have a week to fish;) 

It’s tough for flyline baits to tow heavy mono tho, I would go with 50# braid and 30# test with a rod that can lift and load at 8-10# of drag and a two speed to winch any fiesty YT that try to go deep and break you off on the rocky bottom. 

I run PowerPro braid with no complaints but I am far from a pro, lucky to fish 7-10 days a year. I like to run braid to mono for stretch to flouro. Avoid the green braid if you can, It is very difficult to see at dawn and late in the day.

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2 hours ago, NewlyMinted said:

The 30lbs did great

so you wound co-polymer w a fluoro topshot?  no braid?

lee

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On 8/20/2020 at 2:05 PM, biglakejake said:

so you wound co-polymer w a fluoro topshot?  no braid?

lee

Yes, no braid. I wanted to reduce the number of knots that could fail, but also didn’t want my braid to cut anyone else mono.

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Well I use the toro tamer hollow core line at Charkbait.   I purchased the needles with it too for all sizes.  

The basic concept is the lighter the line the longer the fluoro topshot I will use.    Like the 20# reels I'll use maybe 75-100 yard topshot and then on the 80# reels I might only use 10-15 yards of topshot.    I like the concept of putting the topshot into the braid line.   Eliminates the knot and works really, really well.   I use the same system on every reel.    It also goes in and out really nice unlike some of the knots.   

One exception is my spinning reel.   I will typically run a shorter topshot because the braid casts better than a 40-60# mono/fluoro.   

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