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Topic: Why topshot?  (Read 503 times)

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Eddie

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Y'all are very helpful, I might switch to flouro because it lasts longer.  Many good reason to have a topshot, thank you, I forgot why I had one, I just remember it's what you do and now it is confirmed why :smt006
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I donít topshot in most situation. The longest leader I use is about 25 feet so maybe that could be called a topshot. Thatís only for jigging macs in clear water. Otherwise Iím braid with a short or no leader depending on what Iím doing and water clarity, or mono. If I was using flouro more ($$) I would think braid with 100yds or so of flouro would save some money.

So salt is 30lb braid (whatís with all the 65 or 50 braid?) with a leader from 15-30lbs depending on what Iím chasing from salmon to hali to rf. One reel to cover several rods. 

Topwater and flipping is 50lb braid. Short leader of mono if clear water topwater. Also stripers in muddy water is straight braid 50lb. (Thatís one rod/reel for all of that)

Most other freshwater is light mono. I think my heaviest bass line is 15lb. Usually I throw 10lb.

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I donít topshot in most situation. The longest leader I use is about 25 feet so maybe that could be called a topshot. Thatís only for jigging macs in clear water. Otherwise Iím braid with a short or no leader depending on what Iím doing and water clarity, or mono. If I was using flouro more ($$) I would think braid with 100yds or so of flouro would save some money.

So salt is 30lb braid (whatís with all the 65 or 50 braid?) with a leader from 15-30lbs depending on what Iím chasing from salmon to hali to rf. One reel to cover several rods. 

Topwater and flipping is 50lb braid. Short leader of mono if clear water topwater. Also stripers in muddy water is straight braid 50lb. (Thatís one rod/reel for all of that)

Most other freshwater is light mono. I think my heaviest bass line is 15lb. Usually I throw 10lb.

Eddie you know Iím a KISS fisherman lol.
Yup, I try not to overthink this stuff but you know me, I bring the whole kitchen sink..... :smt005
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I hardly ever topshot. Unless it's called for or if my braid is getting low I'll throw on what ever I have in the garage. Usually it's 20# mono or fluoro. I just mainly use leader n swivels. Stripers aren't line shy. And sturgeons are as blind as can be.
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20' of top shot.
If braid get nicked under stress (like rubbing against a rock) it will break.
Mono can handle it.
When you catch as many fish as I do( :smt044) you are always cutting a few inches of line and retying your jig because the teeth are always nicking the line.
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20' of top shot.
If braid get nicked under stress (like rubbing against a rock) it will break.
Mono can handle it.

This is a good point. I hooked a thresher shark this summer and lost it when my (50#) braid  broke---and that was with a 4' mono leader. I'm pretty sure it was the tail of the fish rubbing against the line, which was enough to cause the braid to fail. I'm still bummed out about that one. So, maybe a topshot is the way to go...
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Not that very many of us use downriggers, but when fishing for Blackmouth Salmon in Puget Sound I use 30' of 30# mono as a topshot. I put 30' out and hook the last inch of mono into the downrigger clip as the briad doesn't stay in the clip.