Captain Nemo & B-Faithful- I am reversing the lines on my trolling gear right now and saw your posts about using 30lb mono. I have 50lb braid on my smaller reels with single baits and 80lb on my tandem planer rods as well as 80lb on my boat rods pulling heavy weight.
My question to you guys is : would you trust 30lb mono pulling a large umbrella with 28 oz inline with another 9 oz of lures behind that? That is a LOT of drag / weight / MONEY to be pulling on that rod. WHAT IF you got a double hit big boys on that line? This past fall I had 5 deep rods go down with two fish on each of those lines. I'm not sure I would want to put $40 worth of my tackle at risk with 30lb mono
I would think the weakest point of that whole rig would be at the 30lb knot which would most likely cause me to lose the entire rig. I'm not being a smart a$$, I want to know what you guys think? I know you both are really good fishermen. I want your input as well as anyone elses.
Its a good question and thanks for being polite about your comments, The weight of what your pulling whether it be fish or gear should have no consideration as to the strength of your line. The fact is the reels we all use in the bay, even up to the 114 senator do not have enough drag capability to break 30 lb mono. The drag maxed out on a 114 senator (which is too big for the bay) I'm just using it as an example is 28lbs. So if you look at your penn 320 & 330's, 209's etc. your not capable of putting enough drag on them with the reel alone to break 30lb mono.
Thats why I say 30 lb is the max you need, its not going to hurt you to go above that, but because I use some reels offshore and the bay I prefer the 30 lb, because offshore I would rather have the yardage available from the smaller line, as the pelagic's always make a ridiculous initial run and you need the distance to keep up.
As b-faithful said as well if you want to spend the money on Diamond line, the 30lb test has an average breaking strain of 57lbs.
Also remember the 30lb denotes line diameter, not strength, so as mono lines continue to excel in technology, they are only getting stronger. There is NO mono brand left on the market that breaks at its line rating except the ANDE IGFA line that is designed specifically to break at its rating to make line class records acceptable.
Also as Skip said the braid has a lot of advantages, just remember it is Illegal in all IGFA events and records, so if you get that one fish of a life time it cannot count. Also if you fish any bay tournaments, technically its illegal.
Here is a link for that, only mono-filament and multi-filament lines are accepted