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    Default Explain top-shotting

    Heard this term many times. Now I want to know more....thanks.

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    I have never heard the term.... But we call this "google"
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    yup, that about covers it. I run top shots on my Avets for marlin fishing down in Cabo. High line capacity with braid, handling and stretch characteristics of mono...best of both worlds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cliffhanger View Post
    Heard this term many times. Now I want to know more....thanks.
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    The benefits I've seen of running a top shot of mono or fluro with braid is:

    Better abrasion resistance than braid where your line is going to be dealing with rocks and teeth
    Just a bit of stretch in the line at the terminal end
    A larger dia line to grab ahold of when landing a fish. If you grab braid with a larger fish and no glove, you're just asking to get your hand cut.
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    In addition to the top shot, I prefer to put a bimini in the end of the fluoro/mono, resulting in a double line about 3' long above the swivel. No loss of strength to knots and lots of extra surface/strength should you ever grab the line. Biminis take a little practice to learn, but they're quick and easy once you get the hang of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrownBear View Post
    In addition to the top shot, I prefer to put a bimini in the end of the fluoro/mono, resulting in a double line about 3' long above the swivel. No loss of strength to knots and lots of extra surface/strength should you ever grab the line. Biminis take a little practice to learn, but they're quick and easy once you get the hang of them.
    An alternative to a bimini for this application is a spider hitch knot. Much easier to tie & can be managed by one person on a rocking boat. I use the rigging you describe down here in the Gulf of Mexico & it's very useful when the fish is up at the the side of the boat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeek the Greek View Post
    Much easier to tie & can be managed by one person on a rocking boat. I use the rigging you describe down here in the Gulf of Mexico & it's very useful when the fish is up at the the side of the boat.
    Old dogs and new tricks, I think. I've been tying Biminis solo on rocking boats for over 40 years, and they're still easier for me than a spider. Doesn't really matter which a guy chooses, so long as he uses it. Your final point sezz it all.

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    A great way to make the connection is to splice the mono into hollow core spectra. IT is not that hard, if you do it a few times it takes a bit longer but there is no knot all all. Prefect for trolling.

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