So I lost a good sized king on the Anchor last Saturday and I've been pretty pissed at myself since then. But I've also thought a thought about what I did wrong and what failed. Honestly, I am still pretty shocked that my line snapped.
The odd thing is, I was running 60lb braid with a 50lb mono leader, and the line snapped at the braid, not the at the mono leader. Well, huh?
So I just went out to my garage and very unscientifically tied line to a swivel, screwed it to the work bench, and tried to break it. Now, I didn't have anything to measure the actual pressure, so the results were probably not totally accurate. But what I found was that the Power Pro snapped way easier than mono of a lower test. I mean, both the 50 and 60 lb Power Pro broke with WAY less force than the 50lb Maxima leader. So what's the deal?
I suspect this probably has something to do with the mono stretching, but I don't know. And just to clarify, the Power Pro broke right above the knot, not against the swivel. And the Maxima leader broke more or less at a random point somewhere between between the knot and the object I was pulling it with.
And I know you don't want to take all of the fun out of catching big fighting fish, but my freezer and wife both want salmon. At this point I figure I need to restring everything with mono or go to 150lb braid, but to be honest, the way things went, I wouldn't be totally suprised if even the 50lb Power Pro would snap easier than the Maxima.
Am I using the wrong braid? I have used Fire Line in the past and wasn't wild about it. Or should I just go back to mono?