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#1 Guam Fisherman

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Posted 08 December 2008 - 12:59 PM

Hello, Long time fisherman here but just getting into catching squid with a rod and reel rather than shooting them with a spear gun. I have been reading through the forum and getting information on rod size and type, line size, reel size, and jig color. I am going to Japan on Thursday and plan to pick up a rod and a few different jigs there. The reel I can get on island, but I was wondering about the line. Which do you prefer mono, fluorocarbon or spectra? Granted spectra is more expensive, but is there any distinct advantages in using spectra for catching squid or is it not that big of a difference.

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#2 egi zed

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Posted 08 December 2008 - 04:10 PM

What is Spectra? :th

In Japan you'll find that PE (braid) is the way to go. People used to use mono but that was years ago.

My gear is all Daiwa. Reliable but not so fancy (at least not in my price range) I use Emeraldas Sensor Super PE in 0.6 which is 12lb and leader is usually 1.75 (7lb) or 2.0 (8lb) fluro
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#3 Guam Fisherman

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Posted 09 December 2008 - 06:21 AM

Hi zed, Thanks for the info on the Japan lines. I will be in Kanagawa on Thursday and plan to pick up some gear there. Spectra is the same a braid. Super thin and strong. How much 12 lb line does you reel hold? Probably a lot. Also I was wondering, I am sure you join the braid to the mono with a knot but do you also tie the squid jig on the end of the leader or use a snap swivel.

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#4 egi zed

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Posted 09 December 2008 - 09:59 PM

I usually only wind 90m on but it will take a full spool of 150m. We use swivel snaps because over here we tend to rotate colours a lot.


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#5 Guam Fisherman

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Posted 10 December 2008 - 02:22 PM

Makes perfect sense to me. Thanks again.

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#6 IVAN T

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Posted 10 December 2008 - 05:02 PM

You can also use the albright knot to join braid to mono. The advantage of braid is that it doesn't have any stretch thus making you feel the bite sooner. I use PowerPro braid for all of my fishing.
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#7 Guam Fisherman

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Posted 10 December 2008 - 07:50 PM

Power Pro is good stuff. I have it on my jigging rod and shallow bottom rods. I wasn't sure on the test until now. Guess 12lb is good enough for our shallow water reef squid. Last time I checked it was $27.00 for 300 yards at the store on island.
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Posted 11 December 2008 - 05:43 PM

Sounds about right. Check ebay, you may be able to find it for cheaper, and try the new red.
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#9 Mr1chop

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 08:23 PM

Just about to give braid a go for the 1st time, I'll let you know how I get on.

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 08:34 AM

hi im gunna be use a aernos 4000 FA is 8lb braid too light, i have 2 different spools i was thinking maybe 8lb on one and maybe 20lb for when im fishing 10 plus metres also flourocarbon leader of say 12 lb ? oh and its power pro slick
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