Yak Dog wrote:After being broke off this past trip from a beefy red, I took a good look at my line and boy was it old . I found signs of wear even seen where it had been stressed and discolored . I know a lot of guys that fish heavy line or even braid. For me I like and have fished Berkeley 12 lb. mono for along time. I really haven’t had issues in the past with it breaking so that’s why I haven’t went to a braid. My question is how often are you guys restringing your reels ? Every few months , yearly or as needed? Yes I have since put some new line on my reel and I’ll set the scene for those that will ask what , when , where and how. Let’s say your fishing mercy brown saltwater , mostly marsh but some oyster beds . Always rigged with a 1/8 - 1/4 oz jigs and on a bait caster .
TroutSupport.com wrote:Mono has it's place... but if you're serious about keeping every fish you hook I'd change it monthly if you're fishing any sort of structure at all.. if you are fishing open water with no structure I'd change it every 3-4 months. Back when I was fishing with mono for trophy largemouth (years ago) I switched it every trip. I caught an 8, two 9's, and a 10lb bass doing that. Your line is your least expensive yet more important link to the fish. Braid can last up to a year or two if you don't fish much and keep it in a climate controlled environment during the heat of the summer. With a lot of trips I'd put on new braid about 1 per year. A guide might respool every month or two. Oh... now I catch 8 and 9lb trout. Hunting that 10lber this spring.
Ron Mc wrote:if you want to take care of your tackle, you match line and lure with rod ratings.
If you over-line a rod, you should still set your drag at 1/4 of the rod max line rating.
If you don't want to lose fish -- better sharpen your hooks before every trip, it works much better than changing line
TroutSupport.com wrote:LOL Not necessary so... mono.. change it. Braid.. depends on the user and how often and casting style. Yes some one that fishes monthly it can last a while.
Sharp hooks help hook a fish.. but has nothing to do with keeping them on or stop the line breaking on backlashes after it's been weakened over and over.
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