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    Braid and Grouper Questions

    I have not used braid since the Fire line first came out years ago. At that time I just did not like it. Recently I set up a grouper stick with 65# pp and a 10' top shot of 50# mono. The feel for bottom is much better and on the drift there is less scope on the line. I fish mostly in 50'-100' of water.

    What I find is there seems to be more pulled hooks and instead of a strong pull/surge of the fish, it's like a hard jerk when the fish tries for the bottom at the begining of the fight.

    Should I use a longer top shot for a little more stretch or is just me getting used to the feel of braid? What else do you guys do? Thanks for the help.

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    I use 3 feet of leader.

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    Quote Originally Posted by natecert View Post
    What I find is there seems to be more pulled hooks and instead of a strong pull/surge of the fish, it's like a hard jerk when the fish tries for the bottom at the begining of the fight.
    That's why I prefer ALL MONO for bottom fishing, especially grouper.

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    I use 100 # Power Pro and 80# fluorocarbon leader with the drag locked down. Almost never have a pulled hook. Remember, with circle hooks, let the fish set the hook. If you try to set the hook, you'll most likely miss the fish.

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    It's best to use a rod with some flexibility when using braid for grouper. If you use a broom stick, the fish will feel the resistance before it makes the turn that would engage the circle hook. Then when you try to set up on the fish, the hook pulls out. Some folks even dip the rod before starting to reel when using circle hooks. The extra depth the fish gets by doing this is actually less than it would get if you were fishing stretchy mono.

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    I use 60# braid with 6' 40-50# flouro leader. I mostly jig fish, i like the feel of the braid. I leave my drag a little light and rely om my thumb to decide when to put the hammer down. I have used mono many times, but I don't feel the fight as i do with the braid, bigger rush in my opinion

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    Quote Originally Posted by natecert View Post
    I have not used braid since the Fire line first came out years ago. At that time I just did not like it. Recently I set up a grouper stick with 65# pp and a 10' top shot of 50# mono. The feel for bottom is much better and on the drift there is less scope on the line. I fish mostly in 50'-100' of water.

    What I find is there seems to be more pulled hooks and instead of a strong pull/surge of the fish, it's like a hard jerk when the fish tries for the bottom at the begining of the fight.

    Should I use a longer top shot for a little more stretch or is just me getting used to the feel of braid? What else do you guys do? Thanks for the help.


    A longer leader will help but the rod flex is very important when using braid at the depths you are fishing. We all have that fist reaction to yank back like we are in the Bassmater Classic, but if you just start reeling down the rod will do the work! Good luck!

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    I use ~25' of 80lb mono leader...
    There should be NO Commercial Fishing for any fish species considered 'Over-fished' or 'Undergoing Overfishing'

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Hexter View Post
    That's why I prefer ALL MONO for bottom fishing, especially grouper.
    I'm with you Jack.

    Tried the braid route many years ago and would never go back.


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    Quote Originally Posted by reel stamas View Post
    I use ~25' of 80lb mono leader...
    Pretty much this but I'm using 60lb top shot @ 25'. If I was over 100' I'd go 80lb.

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