Question Braid or mono preferred for trolling tandems?

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\r\n I read some of the details on this board regarding trolling this fall. Wondered whether braid is required to troll and get good hook-sets with lines that are far out. Anything over 120’ seems far out to me. Any perspectives on this? ACG\r\n
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    \r\n I think it is about 50/ 50........ Gary\r\n
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    \r\n Thank you Gary. Braid advertisements use to state non-stretch was a big advantage over mono. Maybe not so much of a factor. One difference i do see it it fishes deeper than heavy mono with large diameter. ACG\r\n
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    \r\n Quote Originally Posted by ACG\r\n View Post\r\n
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    Thank you Gary. Braid advertisements use to state non-stretch was a big advantage over mono. Maybe not so much of a factor. One difference i do see it it fishes deeper than heavy mono with large diameter. ACG
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    It does fish deeper as it is thinner and cuts through the water better. It can be ugly if you get a tangle though. I think the main advantage of braid is you can get more on the spool and it is moe sensitive for jigging. I haven\'t trolled in over 30 years but I always used mono with and two of wire line . You don\'t see that anymore...... Gary\r\n
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    \r\n Quote Originally Posted by crabby and son\r\n View Post\r\n
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    It does fish deeper as it is thinner and cuts through the water better. It can be ugly if you get a tangle though.
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    I could not have put that better myself. This about some it up IMHO. I top all of my trolling rods with 150 to 300 feet of braid, typically Power Pro. I do 150 feet for the Spanish mac rigs (those go out 70 to 80 feet tops) and 300 feet for everything else.\r\n
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    \r\n Braid on trolling set ups is a waste of money. What Gary says is true but you can use a bigger sinker to get to the desired depth and reduce amount of line let out. For years I used wire line. It reduced the amount of line you had to let out. And during trophy season with the amount if trollers out there I want the least amount of line out that I can get away with.
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    \r\nAs far as braid goes for jigging I fished the rips with a well known charter capt. and he said I needed braid on my baitcaster reel. Three hours later he said he shouldn’t have said it because I matched him fish for fish during the trip. It was my first jigging trip to the rips to boot. Except for flounder I know of no other saltwater fish in Md. that you need sensitivity for. Many may disagree but that’s my opinion.
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    \r\nLike many others I bought into the braid is better hype. I put braid on every reel I own. Primarily to increase casting distance. I think it did accomplish that. I use baitcasters and when I get the occasional over run it’s a super headache.\r\n
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    \r\n I only thing I don\'t run braid on are my surf casting reels. Run co-polymer line on them. Cast better than braid without the mystery break offs common when fishing braid in the surf.
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    \nI run #80 braid (same diameter as #30 Mono) on all my trolling rods simply because it\'s cheaper in the long run than changing out mono once or twice a year.
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    \r\n I prefer braid for trolling. The very low stretch helps in getting good hook ups - especially when trolling slowly.
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    \nIt does run deeper with less weight than mono. I like being able to feel the shad tail paddling with 150 feet of line out. With mono - no way.
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    \nThe braid also holds up much longer than mono. I like to use 300 feet ( 100 yds ) of braid on top off mono backing. Rare a fish pulls line off to get into mono but if it does - still have a lot of line on reel. I do keep my drags very tight.\r\n
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    \r\n Fellow TFs thanks for all your perspectives. All good points. I have some braid on a bait caster that i vertically jig spoon fish. Like the sensitivity there and solid hook ups. Usually use 30” of mono leader and ballbearing swivel at the spoon. Seems then sensitivity is biggest plus With braid. Other pluses you mention maybe longevity and depth in trolling without weight. And being able to see the lures ‘work’ by watching the vibrations transmitted to rod tips. I think mono holds up better when casting alot of heavy lures - to the point about mistery loses On surf casting. Lost a few musky plugs that went sailing off on a cast because braid frayed under the stress. Downside is backlash or overspin on baitcaster / trolling reels will be ugly mess / time waster to untangle. I bought some orange braid and a spoon of yellow and chartures/black ‘tracer’ braid to help with visbilty. May help with control when trolling multiple rods next to each other and making turns. I hate it when braid snags or worst yet wraps on a motor. Carry a short piece of log baseball bat to wrap snagged braid to avoid cut hands. Thanks again for your posts. ACG\r\n
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    \r\nAs others have said, a key advantage for braid in trolling is that it can allow you to run the lines significantly deeper for a given length of line out. In the fall that can be a nice advantage, especially if you don\'t like dragging heavy weights.
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    \r\nWith certain types of large spoons, however, (e.g., large Tony spoons) the lack of stretch in braid can make the lure act funny and lose its lazy wandering action. Also, most folks use large spoons in the spring when fish tend to be near the surface and skittish. Being able to troll a lure way back without it sinking too deep can be useful, so advantage goes to mono for both depth and lure action.
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      Default Braid or mono preferred for trolling tandems?

      I read some of the details on this board regarding trolling this fall. Wondered whether braid is required to troll and get good hook-sets with lines that are far out. Anything over 120’ seems far out to me. Any perspectives on this? ACG

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