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My favorite line up...

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Lots of different stuff out there but these are the ones I use (all lines in bright green colors unless described otherwise):

Sufix Tritanium Plus in 17# (.40 mm) - nice soft line, good casting, plenty strong enough for drum...I probably won't buy another spool as I'm going to Pro Spec

Sufix Tritanium Plus in 14# (.35 mm) - use this on my bait rods

Berkley Pro Spec in 16# (.37 mm) - good, tough line...16# for stripers

Berkley Pro Spec in 20# (.40 mm) - this is the line on my drum sticks

Berkley Trilene Big Game in 15# (.38 mm) - tough old standby, wouldn't hesitate to use this for drum, carry a spool for backup

Wychwood DPF-18 in 18# (.35 mm) - a pal sent me a spool of this to try...it is from England...tough, tough line, low stretch...BUT...it is not in a bright color...and expensive...I have it on one rod and am going to use it until I catch...

These are the lines I currently use. I buy them in 1 or 3 lb spools and change line often. If I THINK it might have a slight nick or abrasion...it gets changed. I'm not gonna risk a huge fish on suspect line.

All of my leaders are Berkley Trilene Big Game in clear. I use 50# for shockers and 80# for a 4-5' bite leader. I make my bait rigs out of 30 or 40 lb. I think I talked about hook leaders in the thread on hooks.

I guess we can talk about knots some other time.

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Excellent write up Steve. I've been using hi seas 20 pound ifga rated, very thin honestly has the diameter of .35 mm. It's durable and I've landed a lot of big fish with it. A 1/4 pound spool is roughly $20 but worth it. My second choice is Berkeley pro spec 2. Third is Cajun red 17#. I myself stick with dark colors. As for leader it's usually high seas 50#

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Great info guys. Let's talk about knots! That spider hitch to blood knot Steve taught me severed years ago has been all I've used since and it's incredible.

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