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Line combination - trolling for billfish???? 02 Jun 2013 10:02 #1

  • mike sheridan
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Just bought myself a nice Shimano Trolling rod and Tiagra reel for billfish on the Baja.

I know that they usually have braid backing, then mono then the leader.....

I have over 500 yards of 90 pound Power Pro braid for backing, but what would you recommend for the mono main line?.....my guess was 80 to 100 yards of 80 to 100 pound mono......The boat crew usually make up and supply the leaders.

Any thoughts / advice please?

Thanks Mike Sheridan

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Line combination - trolling for billfish???? 04 Jun 2013 01:30 #2

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If cost doesn't matter I would go with fluorocarbon, its stronger than typical monofilament and actually camouflages better.

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Line combination - trolling for billfish???? 04 Jun 2013 16:40 #3

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Your setup sounds fine. Momoi's Diamond nylon monofilament is a popular choice for your topshot. Basspro carries it. Google it. there may be other suppliers close to you.

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Line combination - trolling for billfish???? 05 Jun 2013 22:50 #4

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Thanks for the thoughts, cost is not really a consideration, I just want to get it right.

I am UK based, flourocarbon is readily available in 100 yard spools, I guess on of those would be the answer.

regards Mike

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