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Hi, I'm setting up my new Penn FTH30 and the first time using 40 test braid . I want to use mono backing and am wondering which test to use with mono ? I have some 30,40,& 50 test


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Depends on whether you expect to get into your backing. If you do, then yes your backing should be equal or greater to your braid's line rating. Remember, your true drag setting increases as more line exits the spool and the diameter decreases. 


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If you need backing to fill up your spool, the lighter pound test would pack down a bit better and smoother. I would not go higher than 15 or 20 myself for 40lb braid. I always fish with 300 yards (or as much as the reel holds) so I would only use mono to bulk up the core of the spool. It's breaking strength means little to me.

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I usually back with 10 lb mono. I try to match my line diameters as closely as I can, but don't get too hung up on being right on. 10 lb  to 20 lb mono is pretty close to the diameters I use on most of my open water gear.

 


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I use 20lb mono backing with aprox 300 yds of 40lb braid. IF a fish ever gets me into my backing, that fish deserves to swim to fight another day. ;)

 

this is the way I would do it unless you are fishing offshore.

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Sheesh... I've been fishing for decades and the only time I see my backing is when I put on new line. I rarely surf fish, mostly from small crafts. So I can get along with 10#-14# Fireline with 10# mono as backing.

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I use 20lb mono backing with aprox 300 yds of 40lb braid. IF a fish ever gets me into my backing, that fish deserves to swim to fight another day. ;)

 

same feeling not till this day had a fish ever got me into backing unless it was offshore for tuna

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Originally Posted by Fishtale7 View Post

I use 20lb mono backing with aprox 300 yds of 40lb braid. IF a fish ever gets me into my backing, that fish deserves to swim to fight another day. wink.gif



I don't, and that's why I can say that I landed a 32# bass while fluking with my Calcutta 200 last year. And the time last year when a 110# mako that ate a bluefish that ate my squid while fishing for doormats off Montauk with a Penn TRQ 15. 



 



You never know what you may catch. I don't like going home wondering what could have been. 



 



 


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Hi, I'm setting up my new Penn FTH30 and the first time using 40 test braid . I want to use mono backing and am wondering which test to use with mono ? I have some 30,40,& 50 test

 

Why such a big reel if you don't need anywhere near the line capacity it offers? -that thing will hold a half mile of 40# braid.

 

Just curious...

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I don't, and that's why I can say that I landed a 32# bass while fluking with my Calcutta 200 last year. And the time last year when a 110# mako that ate a bluefish that ate my squid while fishing for doormats off Montauk with a Penn TRQ 15. 

 

You never know what you may catch. I don't like going home wondering what could have been. 

 

 

 

If a fish can peel off 300 yds of braid, another 30yds of same class mono underneath ain't gonna stop it. :) Also, if you are fishing from a boat, you have the ability to follow the fish. Why would you let the fish run off so much line when you can start your engine and go after it to try to get back as much line as possible. Lastly, surfcasters have fished with 20lb class mono long before braid came along, and plenty of cows have been landed with it.

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I use 20lb mono backing with aprox 300 yds of 40lb braid. IF a fish ever gets me into my backing, that fish deserves to swim to fight another day. ;)

 

Im about the same on the big stick only with 50# p.p BUT as time goes on & i lose line, i am adding more backing sometimes 2 or 3 times before changing the spool. When i can see backing on a good cast i know its time to replace the spool. In this case or even in the case when i cant really see backing yet on a good cast, a fish won't really be peeling off too much line at all before its into the backing, Its happened several times before & everything has always held up as it was supposed to.

 

Its always a tense time till ya get back into the main line again though. :scared:

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Originally Posted by Fishtale7 View Post

If a fish can peel off 300 yds of braid, another 30yds of same class mono underneath ain't gonna stop it. smile.gif Also, if you are fishing from a boat, you have the ability to follow the fish. Why would you let the fish run off so much line when you can start your engine and go after it to try to get back as much line as possible. Lastly, surfcasters have fished with 20lb class mono long before braid came along, and plenty of cows have been landed with it.



 



No way to start the engines and run with the fish when you're alone. 



 



Not sure I understand your other points, as the OP reel he's referring to is a fairly big conventional reel that can hold plenty of 40# mono if he's using 40# braid - why use 20# mono if that's the case? headscratch.gif



 



 


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