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Title: What kind of fishing line do you use?
Post by: [Blocked] on April 26, 2010, 11:39:09 PM
Tell us what kind of fishing lines you use and why.  There are so many choices now.

For me I primarily fish for bass.  When I go out I usually carry 4-5 rods so I can rig up different baits.  Usually the smallest line I'll rig is 12 lb and the largest 17 or 20 lb depending on what rod and type of bait I want to throw.  If I go to Lake Fork, yes I will have a couple rigged up with 20.  I also use braided line in some cases and on some rigs will use flourocarbon.  But I have to tell you about my favorite mono line.

I'm 41 years old and have been blessed to have spent a lot of time on the water and have tried many many types of lines.  For me Trilene XL has been the best line for castability and strength.........until a friend turned me on to McCoy's Mean Green a couple of years ago.  I was very reluctant and a loyal Trilene XL guy.  He keeps 500 yd spools in many strengths and talked me into spooling my reels up with his McCoys Mean Green before a tournament we fished together.  I couldn't believe how much better it casted and how strong it was.  2 years later I still have a couple of those reels spooled with the same line and it still casts great and appears to me to not have lost any strength at all.  McCoy's Mean Green is hands down the best line I've ever used.  This stuff is awesome.

If you are not familiar with it just google it. It can be found online easily but it's hard to find in stores around here.
Title: Re: What kind of fishing line do you use?
Post by: [Blocked] on April 27, 2010, 12:16:12 AM
I will have to check that out. I mostly salt water fish, but I have been a loyal Trilene XL user for over 25 years now. My great uncle who taught me a lot about fishing turned me on to it, when I was a young teenager, and it has never let me down. I have never heard of McCoy's Mean Green, but I will have to look it up, and give it a try.
Title: Re: What kind of fishing line do you use?
Post by: [Blocked] on April 27, 2010, 06:36:49 AM
Your so right about the different types of line on the market today. I mainly bass fish and for years I used Silverthread and still do today. There are several lines on the market that I use. I like Diamond Illusion but it's hard to find. I also like Triple Fish also hard to find. There is a new Fluorocarbon on the market by Vicious. This is by far the best Fluorocarbon line I've ever used and at a great price. Bass Pro Shops XPS series of lines are good.

I'm always on the lookout for a good fishing line so I'll have to give McCoy's Mean Green a try. Try Diamond Illusion and Vicious Fluorocarbon and I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.   ##$%#1115

Title: Re: What kind of fishing line do you use?
Post by: [Blocked] on April 27, 2010, 07:10:14 AM
I don't claim to be an expert but, I've fished some major tournaments in my days and always used either Trilene XL or the XT.  For the past few years, I've been using Shakespeare's Cajun Red.  Believe it or not, this stuff is a very good line!  Being translucent red means it disappears quickly under the surface.  As we all know, the color red is the first color to disappear.  I've never heard of McCoys but, I'm going to google it and check it out......thanks for the tip on McCoy's.
Title: Re: What kind of fishing line do you use?
Post by: [Blocked] on April 27, 2010, 07:15:44 AM
Gee,
After reading the other posts, almost did not reply.    @--0--0125

I use any name brand on SALE in 8-12 lb.  I fish for bream and fish only because it is not hunting season.     @--0--0124


PJ
Title: Re: What kind of fishing line do you use?
Post by: [Blocked] on April 27, 2010, 07:24:28 AM
Ok, I just ordered a bulk spool of 15 lb. Mean Green to try on the bass in my lake.  I've been very happy with the Cajun Red the past few years but, am willing to see if something is better.
Title: Re: What kind of fishing line do you use?
Post by: [Blocked] on April 27, 2010, 08:19:43 AM
 It's Trilene XL green for me, Ten pound for salmon and trout,  Six pound for walleyes, And four pound for panfish
Title: Re: What kind of fishing line do you use?
Post by: [Blocked] on April 27, 2010, 09:50:58 AM
20lb Berkley Big Game. It is absolutlely un breakable. If I hang up the lure comes out or I have to cut the line. Excellent line when it comes to fishing heavy cover.
Title: Re: What kind of fishing line do you use?
Post by: [Blocked] on April 27, 2010, 10:18:07 AM
It all depends on what I am fishing for and what the situation is.  Anything from Triline XL to Flourocarbon to braids and everything in between.
Title: Re: What kind of fishing line do you use?
Post by: [Blocked] on April 27, 2010, 03:17:21 PM
I use Trilene Big Game for flippin'....and you're right, it's definitely practically unbreakable.  Too thick for me when tossing plastic worms, though.
Title: Re: What kind of fishing line do you use?
Post by: [Blocked] on April 27, 2010, 03:36:14 PM
i have a friend that is a tournament fisherman and he turned me on to P-LINE. i really like it with the exception of the 'CCX'. it is too brittle for my needs. i won't go back to the other brands of mono.

for musky, most of the superbraids are real good. I've tried several and they all work well.
Title: Re: What kind of fishing line do you use?
Post by: [Blocked] on April 27, 2010, 06:41:20 PM
 ##$%#1119 Well, I use 2 different lines. For mono i use P-line, 12-15lb XL, depending on what i am fishing for. I also use 50lb power pro on two of my fresh water rods. One for the fluke and frog, the other for texas rig.  ##$%#1115
Title: Re: What kind of fishing line do you use?
Post by: [Blocked] on April 27, 2010, 11:17:51 PM
Ok, I just ordered a bulk spool of 15 lb. Mean Green to try on the bass in my lake.  I've been very happy with the Cajun Red the past few years but, am willing to see if something is better.

I probably use more 15 lb than any other strength.  Where I formerly used 17 or 20 lb Trilene XL I can use 15 lb Mean Green with better casting and it's stronger.  I think you will be very impressed with it.  Let us know.

The tournament I fished the first time I used it was on Lake O' Pines in East Texas.  We fished the river area both days with stumps and trees every where.  We got hung up several times.  I had 20 lb Mean Green on one of my reels and could not break it.  I had to wrap the line around the cleat on the boat and use the trolling motor on high to break it. I finally smartened up and went to the 15 lb and used a 15 lb leader on my 20 lb Carolina Rig just so I could break it off when I got hung up.

I've also used Big Game a lot in the past.  I just never cared for how it casts.  It's strong but don't cast too good.  Not as strong as Mean Green though.
Title: Re: What kind of fishing line do you use?
Post by: [Blocked] on April 27, 2010, 11:20:54 PM
It looks like there are several great lines I'm not familiar with.  That's why I started this post.  I was curious if anyone else had found a great line I have never heard of and used.  I'll have to look into the P-Line, Cajun Red, and Vicious.
Title: Re: What kind of fishing line do you use?
Post by: [Blocked] on April 28, 2010, 06:37:19 AM
I have tried many different brands and types of line and always end up back with the Berkley Trilene XL. It works well for me and always gives consistent performance.
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Title: Re: What kind of fishing line do you use?
Post by: [Blocked] on April 28, 2010, 07:47:20 PM
I used to use nothing but Trilene XL and XT. Then I went to Super Silverthread. It was amazing how much easier/better it cast. I was a bit surprised plus back then, it was quited a bit cheaper especially the 1000yd spools. After a while the silverthread went up in price some and I went back to the Trilene. However, about a couple of yrs ago I found myself going back to Stren which is what I had originally started using when I was getting started bass fishing. I think a sale or something was the reason I bought it and I am still using it. I use 10-14lb on the 5 reels I use. Used to use much heavier, but found myself catching more fish with smaller lines and I cannot remember the last time I had my line break on me so I don't have any issues with poundage there. I do have one other reel spooled for the very little bit of catfishing I do and I keep some steel leaders handy if line breakage becomes a problem then.

I was kinda surprised that NO ONE listed Stren. A lot of pros still use it so I was just curious as to why no one here uses it.
Title: Re: What kind of fishing line do you use?
Post by: [Blocked] on April 28, 2010, 08:13:30 PM
Stren, trilene, triple fish, berkley fireline, power pro. I use several. I do NOT like flourocarbon lines at all!!!!!!
Title: Re: What kind of fishing line do you use?
Post by: [Blocked] on April 28, 2010, 08:42:07 PM
Lots of great lines out there, and not being an expert I won't add anything to this part of the discussion.  However, my father -- who is now 87 and still fishing at his cabin in Minnesota -- has an old open face reel that has his multicolored braided line from who knows how long ago!  He absolutely never changes his line (or his lure for that matter), and of course he always manages to catch a few fish.  Everytime I change line (which is every spring) he is sure to tell me about how long his line has lasted!
Title: Re: What kind of fishing line do you use?
Post by: [Blocked] on April 28, 2010, 11:25:29 PM
Lots of great lines out there, and not being an expert I won't add anything to this part of the discussion.  However, my father -- who is now 87 and still fishing at his cabin in Minnesota -- has an old open face reel that has his multicolored braided line from who knows how long ago!  He absolutely never changes his line (or his lure for that matter), and of course he always manages to catch a few fish.  Everytime I change line (which is every spring) he is sure to tell me about how long his line has lasted!

 ##$%#11 Nothing like getting showed up by the old timers.  I love to fish with the older guys and hear their stories and see their techniques.  That's a great story ddejong.  I got a good chuckle out of that.  I can picture him with his old rod and reel, old line, old bait, showing everyone how it's done.   --9-908
Title: Re: What kind of fishing line do you use?
Post by: [Blocked] on May 12, 2010, 11:22:16 AM
I am not set to one kind of string or one name brand. But if i had to take a guess at what i would buy if i went to the store right now it would probably be trilene 14lb test. I am currently using Spiderwire braid 15lb test and I DO NOT recommend anyone else use it. I am ready to strip it right now. I was casting and the string popped at the bait and my bait went flying. I recovered the bait once because it was a crankbait and i saw where it landed, the second time i was not so lucky.
Title: Re: What kind of fishing line do you use?
Post by: [Blocked] on May 13, 2010, 10:11:40 AM
After reading someone's post about McCoy's "Mean Green" line, I ordered a spool and received it yesterday.  I spooled it onto one of my best rods and made some casts on my lake with it.  I must say, I am very impressed with how smoothly it casts!  I'm not a novice, and have used many lines in my days and, so far, I really like this stuff.  Now, I just need to get out on the lake and see how it holds up against some of the big bass I have as "pets" in my lake. 
Title: Re: What kind of fishing line do you use?
Post by: [Blocked] on May 13, 2010, 11:12:11 AM
I've had good luck with Fireline! Works great for me on our lakes!
Title: Re: What kind of fishing line do you use?
Post by: [Blocked] on May 13, 2010, 11:07:08 PM
After reading someone's post about McCoy's "Mean Green" line, I ordered a spool and received it yesterday.  I spooled it onto one of my best rods and made some casts on my lake with it.  I must say, I am very impressed with how smoothly it casts!  I'm not a novice, and have used many lines in my days and, so far, I really like this stuff.  Now, I just need to get out on the lake and see how it holds up against some of the big bass I have as "pets" in my lake. 

Ya that was my post copnjax.  I know you will like it.  You won't believe how strong it is when you have to break it off from getting hung up.  "knock on wood" I have never had a fish break me off since I've been using it.  The castability is okay (better than big game) but the strength and abrasion resistance is excellent.  In the most recent Field & Stream there is a good article about fishing lines and knots.  McCoys was in their tests.  It tested pretty good but not the best on their list.  I've never heard of or used some of the lines they tested.  I'm sold on it for good and will always use it as long as I can find it.  Right now I have to either order it online or make a hour and half trip to Emory,TX to buy it at Lake Fork Tackle.  They owner of Lake Fork Tackle told me all the guides on Fork use McCoys Mean Green and that is why he carries it.

The best line to lure knot in the F&S tests showed to be the Trilene Knot.  The guy that turned me on to Mean Green and I have argued for years which knot is the strongest.  He says the polymar knot, I've always said the Trilene Knot.  He one uped me on the line but I got him on the knot!  @--0--0118