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06-11-2018, 05:32 AM
What is everyone using for line when pulling crankbaits? I bought a bunch of 2nd hand bandit 300's a couple years ago and only done it a handful of times. I'm getting dink after dink right now pushing minnows so I figure I'd finally get serious about pulling cranks in hopes of eliminating a lot of the smaller bites. I used 20# stren braid the last time because I didn't feel like losing one.

06-11-2018, 05:49 AM
I use 10 lb. High vis mono

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06-11-2018, 06:13 AM
I use 30 lb braid. Small enough diameter to let them dive and strong enough to not loose them to brush. Plus it holds up to the catfish rolling up in the line better than mono.

06-11-2018, 06:40 AM
12lb berkley big game in solar color on my Okuma Magda line counter reels.

06-11-2018, 06:41 AM
10lb Berkley XT mono.
I run planer boards and the mono holds better in the release clips with less tearing of the pads.

However, if I was pulling consistently in brush areas or areas with lots of cats and other rolling species, and I wasn't using boards, braid gets the nod.

Baits also dive slightly deeper with less line when using braid over mono.

06-11-2018, 06:43 AM
10 lb diameter power pro braid. I think it’s a 40-44 lb test. It keeps the kitty cats tameable

06-11-2018, 06:59 AM
30lb braid

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06-11-2018, 07:28 AM
40# power pro braid. I'm a convert from 10# mono and so far haven't noticed any issues. I am going back and reworking my depth charts running flats with my inline weights as well as straight flat lining. Mono worked great for me, but the nicks and abrasions it suffers caused me several lost cranks (with fish) and a planer board.

Central Minn
06-11-2018, 07:35 AM
6lb fireline crystal.

Cane Pole
06-11-2018, 07:51 AM
I use 10# mono because I won several thousand yards of it at Grizzly Jigs drawings..... Wally Marshall and Vicious hi viz stuff. Can't beat luck.

I also won a spool of Wally Marshall camo 10# mono. Need to spool some up ans see if I can catch some of those fish that have vanished from Ky Lake. They somewhere.

06-11-2018, 07:56 AM
10 lb power pro braid, but sometimes 6 lb braid also as I like it for getting the crankbaits deeper. Braid is just stronger and no stretch.

06-11-2018, 11:58 AM
20# power pro. with a 14# mono leader. Works great, I push and pull, with 2oz weights

06-11-2018, 02:08 PM
12# Hi-Vis Sigma, or 10# Vicious Hi-Vis

Big John in TN
06-11-2018, 03:45 PM
Used to use 10# hi-vis mono, but got to where we were losing 5-7 bandits a trip. Went back to 25# hi-vis power pro and solved that problem. Only lose the occasional bandit now and then and catching more fish too.

M R Dux
06-11-2018, 06:38 PM
12 pound Trilene Big Game Solar Collector Green.

If it was just me I would use braid but I won’t put braid anywhere close to clients for a variety of reasons.

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Gomer Snerd
06-11-2018, 07:55 PM
30 pound braid of various brands to get different colors on each rod. Makes picking out swarms and tangles easier.

06-11-2018, 09:25 PM
Yep, 20 - 30 # braid, different colors. Arki 350s & 250s , 3/8 to 2 oz weights, big planner boards, pushing & pulling

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