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    Default What test for halibut?

    What lb. test line should I have on my halibut rod? thanks.

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    I use the power pro line (braided). I use 80# with this line you have to know how to tie a uni knot. Not hard at all to do. No complaints from this line at all. Has held up real nice...
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    Default Berkley

    I use Berkley FireLine in 100lb test, near 0 stretch and it's the same diameter of 30lb test. Spendy, but great stuff. Been using it for 3 years.

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    I use 80lb, if was't fishing daily I would use 65lb. Smaller diameter means you can use less lead to hold on bottom during the large tides.
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    I use 30lb braid.

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    Braid is fine but in fast tides the diameter of the line causes the line to arch quite a bit due to the resistance across the width, increasing line length to the bottom and decreasing reaction time for a strike. A thinner line like Spider Wire will allow you to fish a larger test line and yet still be smaller in diameter than braid.

    The other affect of the SW is the bait will drop faster, straighter down for the same reason.

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    What test is your rod rated for? What is the capacity of your reel? How deep due you plan on fishing? The line you choose should match the rest of your equipment. The super braids like Power Pro and Tuffline have little or no stretch so you can use a larger test. 80 Pound test can handle just about any thing you will catch. If you use mono 50 pound test be as large as I would go.
    I use 100 pound test to 130 pound test tuffline on my charter boat. My main reason for using the larger test is it easier to tie, it is easier to untangle, it is more for giving from nicks from rocks and other hooks.

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    I use the biggest I can get for the rod I am using (100 lb tufline right now cause you just never know). I will not lose another halibut to weak line ever again. Salmon are good for the fight. I do hate seeing a halibut swimming away all happy with nothing but a new hole in their lip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by captaindd View Post
    My main reason for using the larger test is it easier to tie, it is easier to untangle, it is more for giving from nicks from rocks and other hooks.
    I like 80# on my jigging rods and 100# on my standup rods. In addition to the benefits listed, the heavier line is easier on my hands. Braided lines of 65# and smaller really cut up my hands.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan in Alaska View Post
    I like 80# on my jigging rods and 100# on my standup rods. In addition to the benefits listed, the heavier line is easier on my hands. Braided lines of 65# and smaller really cut up my hands.

    I will second that. Braided lines will cut you very easy.. I now have a pair of gloves on board to deal with the line when we get a line snagged.
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    I use the Butt thumper (bat) and wrap the line around it to pull snags off.

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    When using the braided line, does anyone ever use a mono leader, also? The reason I ask, is if it gets snagged on the bottom of the rocks, it seems it would be easier to break a mono leader, than the 80 - 100# braided line.

    Any thoughts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ruger01 View Post
    When using the braided line, does anyone ever use a mono leader, also? The reason I ask, is if it gets snagged on the bottom of the rocks, it seems it would be easier to break a mono leader, than the 80 - 100# braided line.

    Any thoughts?
    I sometimes will use mono leaders.

    How long leaders do you all use? I go from 18-24 inches.
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    I use 400 pound test mono leaders. The main reasons because of the teeth on the fish and rocks. Pound for pound mono is strong than the braid lines. The main advantage in the braids is they have a small diameter which allows you to use less weight to go deeper depth. Because they have no or little stretch you can feel the strikes better but than can also be a disadvantage if a larger fish its real hard and the drag is set to tight the braid will brake reel easy. Take a piece of 100 pound test braid and tie it off to some thing solid and give it a real hard jerk the line will break fairly easy. Try the same thing with 50 pound test mono it will stretch and be real hard to break. For years all I used was 50 pound test mono and then I switched to 130 pound Dacron and then to the super braid. Main reason for the switch was the mono was harder for my customers to get used to fishing.

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    +1 on the 80# PowerPro. I normally use commercially made Mustad halibut rigs. They are made with 300# leader material and won't get yakked up with my weight and line.

    Of course out here in Aleutian Hell I haven't had any snagging problems either. The bottom is pretty clean in my marked halibut holes.
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    Default PowerPro

    I use 80# PowerPro braid for all of my halibut rods/reels. For the the last 5 feet before the swivel and Berkley snap I use 350# green hard-lay blackcod gangion braid so with your gloves you can get a good control grip on the line for handling large fish beside the boat. With the Albright Knot connecting the two braids we can reel the 350# stuff right up through the roller guides. I use this same gangion braid off the spreader bar for the leader.

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    We Use 50 Diawacolor Braid With 200 Pound Mono Leaders On Our Jigging Outfits....

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    65 and 80 lb PowerPro works for us.

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    130# Dyneema braid for the really big stuff on charter.
    100# Spectra braid for general charter use.
    80# Spectra braid for the smaller reel setups on charter.
    60# Spectra braid on my personal halibut rod.
    And of course we've landed (and lost) plenty of big, toothy bottom-dwellers on 25# mono when we trolled for salmon a bit too close to a ledge, pinnacle or rock pile.

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