Advice on rod and reel

Gravel_Bottom

New member
I just picked up a SST-S-962ML at Dicks on clearance for $56.00, I have a Shimano spinning reel. I have 12# P-Line CXX main line and 8lb leader. Can't wait to give it a try... good luck with your setup!
 

kevn47

New member
What will be your primary technique for this set-ups?

Same rod I've used for quite awhile now for bobber/jig and really like it. I'm partial to the Okuma reels, I've had really good luck with my Epixor......

I'm also a Fireline guy, really like the 14# for bobber/jig (bait)....
So do you use the the fluorescent colored Fireline? I tried the dark stuff and had a hell of a time seeing to mend it properly.
 

ChezJfrey

Well-known member
So do you use the the fluorescent colored Fireline? I tried the dark stuff and had a hell of a time seeing to mend it properly.
LOL, I did the same thing for a few years; was using dark green on my float rod and even though I couldn't see it most of the time and it stifles mending, still kept buying the same stuff. Last year, I finally 'remembered' to grab yellow. What a difference! I still use dark colored for everything else, because I'm superstitious that way, but yeah, buy a lighter color for floats.
 

ChezJfrey

Well-known member
Cool thanks. But that means I have to go spend another $17. :sad:
Just do what I always do...suck it up and keep thinking, "lesson learned," keep using it until it's end-of-life and you have to re-spool anyway, then pitch out the money because you were going to anyway because it's now frayed and weak. Just don't do the part I did, where I repeated that same cycle several times...never really "learning the lesson." LOL Just do it once, use what you have until "it's done," then go to something like white/yellow.
 

Artwo

Active member
So do you use the the fluorescent colored Fireline? I tried the dark stuff and had a hell of a time seeing to mend it properly.
I use the Crystal..................

My buddy just re-spooled with the fluorescent but I haven't seen it in action yet to say if I might like it better or not. I don't have any problem seeing the crystal however..............
 

Hooked Up

Active member
For float fishing I use yellow 30# braid. I think the larger diameter line floats better.

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kevn47

New member
Just do what I always do...suck it up and keep thinking, "lesson learned," keep using it until it's end-of-life and you have to re-spool anyway, then pitch out the money because you were going to anyway because it's now frayed and weak. Just don't do the part I did, where I repeated that same cycle several times...never really "learning the lesson." LOL Just do it once, use what you have until "it's done," then go to something like white/yellow.
LoL. You mean doing the same thing over and over with the same results doesn't work? :D Don't worry man--I been there plenty too. I'll use the dark stuff this summer for trolling for trout. It was jus almost impossible to work with and I don't want to waste time on the river. Thanks for all the advice.
 

upstate88

Member
The reel came in the mail today and i got some line on it. I put some mono backer and put some bright green I found in the garage. I will most likely get some better line down the road but free is free. I just hope free garage line does not result in lost fish. I also picked up a couple spools of flora carbon 6lb and 8lb for leader material. Now the next step is going to be acquiring tackle.
 

kevn47

New member
The reel came in the mail today and i got some line on it. I put some mono backer and put some bright green I found in the garage. I will most likely get some better line down the road but free is free. I just hope free garage line does not result in lost fish. I also picked up a couple spools of flora carbon 6lb and 8lb for leader material. Now the next step is going to be acquiring tackle.
Lesson learned today--as long as your fluoro is not P-Line Fluoroclear you should be ok. I lost about 5 jigs and a fish because of that crap. I also heard that when using fluoro you may need to increase #test to like 10lb. I'd actually like to see what folks on the forum think about that.

Any feedback?
 

Willerman

Active member
Lesson learned today--as long as your fluoro is not P-Line Fluoroclear you should be ok. I lost about 5 jigs and a fish because of that crap. I also heard that when using fluoro you may need to increase #test to like 10lb. I'd actually like to see what folks on the forum think about that.

Any feedback?
I use 10 and might go up to 12. If it's 100% flourocarbon I doubt the fish will be able to see it or tell. I'm not an expert though so I would love to hear others opinions as well. I actually was gifted some pre-tied yarnies w/ 14lb flouro for the leader so I might try those, too. I actually use p-line flourocarbon so I hope it holds when I snag a fish!
 

ChezJfrey

Well-known member
Lesson learned today--as long as your fluoro is not P-Line Fluoroclear you should be ok. I lost about 5 jigs and a fish because of that crap. I also heard that when using fluoro you may need to increase #test to like 10lb. I'd actually like to see what folks on the forum think about that.

Any feedback?
You're not the only one that passes on fluoro. I know some swear by it. I know it's a bit more particular about how knots are tied. I'm meticulous when it comes to knot tying; I typically use lots of slobber on my knots to get a tight, neat, non-friction knot. But I was getting all kinds of breaks at the knot with flouro and finally resigned myself to just use mono instead...usually Maxima UltraGreen. I too was also using a P-Line version of fluoro, so it might be the brand I was using? I don't know, but I gave up on it a couple years ago. Might be me, might be 'wrong', but I catch fish without it and without the frustration fluoro was giving me.
 
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