I use AN40 for everything except for crankbaits, spinnerbaits and buzzbaits. For those I use Trilene XL. The reason why I do it that way is because I like the extra stretch XL gives. I feel it helps cushion so as to not rip the hooks out of the fish's mouth when he slams the bait or when I am fighting him back to the boat.
I love AN40 for slow moving bottom bouncing techniques for the exact opposite reason I like XL for fast moving baits. The lesser stretch of AN40 allows me to feel even the slightest "tic". However last year I started experimenting with braids again and have been using Power Pro and Strens braid. I love the sensitivity of it but the visibility (to the fish) in the water is something I question.
I mostly use Spiderwire braid in clear to muddy water, but use Vanish for drop shotting and vertical jigging spoons in cold clear water. Trilene XL in 8 & 17# is spooled on two reels for crankbaits when bass are tight-lipped and maybe noticing braid. Normally they don't pay attention.
I use different types of Trilene for different applications and presentations but it's basically:
4-8 for dropshotting
10-12 for plastics (open water or sparse cover)
14-17 for some flipping conditions or with a flu-go for big smallies, and for fishing smaller docks skipping and all.
and then i use power pro for flipping thick cover. Anywhere from 50 to 80 depending on clarity and thickness of cover. I also use slightly lighter power pro for fishing large docks that are everywhere on a lake. You need the strength for serious dock fishing
Seeing we are talking lines . I've got a question. ( and this may need to be reposted in the ' Tips forum ' later )
On with my question with a little delay here........ I was talking to a guy about flippin / pitching with power pro . ( we are talking the green color.. just incase there is another color ) HE was telling me a tip he learned from someone, and that is to use a BLACK marker and color about 4 - 5 feet of the line at the end. He said that would prevent the bass from seeing the line.. ........ NOW, on to my question
Has anyone heard of this ? and what is yalls thoughts on this.. ?? ( and remember this is for flippen / pitching with green power pro )
I have P-Line flourocarbon on EVERY SINGLE TOURNAMENT ROD in different pound tests, with the exception of two rods.... both of my topwater rods (flouro sinks ya know )
I never used to fish this way until last year, I got the opportunity to spend 12 days on the water with Kotaro Kiriyama, Mike Iaconelli, Kenyon Hill, and Chris Beilert.. 3 of which are elite series pro's... I spoke with each of themabout the advantages of flourocarbon, and each one of them sold me. After I started using it i could see the difference was night and day... On my second practice with Kota, he was using fluro and i was using mono and we were tubing for smallies on Oneida lake, and he was outifshing me 3-1... he gave me one of his rods and we were catching fish back and forth.
By August I replaced Trilene lines with the Yo-Zuri Hybrid lineup after trying it on a partner's rod. I'm sold on it. I think it's easier to use than P-line, which if I remember right is stiffer and easier to tangle.