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Old 06-19-2014, 02:10 AM   #1
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I know its a gun forum but... I need some tips. I've fished a handful of times. But not lots. And I haven't in several years. I just bought the wifey a new fishing pole combo. The pole says 6 to 15lbs but the reel only says 4 to to 8. In my haste I bought 10lb line.. Should I return it due to the low value on the reel? Or will it still be okay to use??

I assumed reel and pole were the same... Being a combo deal.... My mistake. Lol

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What do you plan on fishing? In general, you can take those numbers and multiply them by 2 or 3. I once caught 2 spanish macks and a silver trout on the same line, using a triple drop rig. That line was 5lb test and the pole was a 10lb pole. Not sure on what the reel was, but it was a combo deal as well. That pole damn near bent in half pulling them in, but it held. I ate well that night

The only thing that has ever limited me is the line. As long as you have decent line (10lb is good for bass, catfish, and most other freshwater fish) you'll be fine. Hooks make a big difference as well. Saltwater is a whole 'nother ball game. You get some big fish out there that like to really attack your lines. I'm a big fan of braided line. It's stronger, and you don't get the stretch that you do with mono-filament. It lets you feel the bites a lot better.

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Use the smaller line. Fishing line tensile strength is greatly underrated. Eight pounds is a really big fish. She can always adjust the drag.


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Many variables. What kind of fishing are you doing and what type of waters? It will probably all be fine for general purpose fishing, but may jot be perfect for so e areas or fish. Lots of specialty tackle and techniques in the fishing world.


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Lots of specialty tackle and techniques in the fishing world.
Lots of useless junk out there too!
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I own tons of useless fishing tackle. Until I have a brainstorm and catch good fish on it. I have some lures in my large box that have been there for several years without catching a fish. Over Memorial Day weekend I got in a spot where there wasn't much that would work. Out of boredom I tied on one of my uselss lures and proceeded to catch 3 very nice bass about 3-4 lbs each. It saved a bad day. There is a time and place for almost all fishing tackle.


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Unless it is 10lb braid, I would maybe go with a smaller diameter line, as the 10lb mono may be difficult for her to cast unless she has a decent amount of practice. The 10 will probably work fine, but she may fight it more than enjoy it. Also if it is monofilament, it will have a lot of memory if it sits for extended periods of time, thus making it more difficult to cast. Smaller diameter line will have less memory, and be easier to cast on such a small reel. Just make sure she knows how to use the drag, and all will be kosher.

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What did you get ?...................10 lb fire wire has about the same diameter as 2 lb mono.........

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6 or 8lb line is plenty good for general fishing.. (Go with your reel specs.) Your reel should be able to spool up with the standard 10lb line.
Some manufacturers offer the "small diameter" sized lines which make a 10lb about the size of 4lb.(kinda sorta )

Myself I normally reel up with 6lb Berkley Trilene green XL (my favorite line for many years) for my general fishing . Plenty strong enough to land fish with. I've reeled in some heavy cats on 6 lb. line

When I specifically go sticking the reeds for bass then I'm around 12 pounds up.. Same for "Whisker fish" I use different sticks /reels set ups when I fish specific.

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So you mean all those years living back east, when I was using 40 Lb and. 60Lb test lines I was wasting my time? Ouch.


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