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What type of braid does everyone use

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Green moss color regular power pro. Haven’t tried anything else so I can’t provide a comparison. You mentioned distance. In my opinion reducing the line lb test rating has a huge effect on distance assuming all other variables are the same such as rod,reel,lure weight. 

For plugging beaches and back bays I use 15lb. I started with 30 and hated the casting since I do cast some light lures. When down to 20 and it was a good improvement but still not happy. Went down to 15 and like it. I would say the smaller you go it seems the more easily you may get birds nests. I keep a close eye on how the line is starting on the reel to make sure there are no loops. 

For canal I just started to use 40lb but may try to go down sine I’m not completely satisfied with the casting. But most of the time I don’t need a long cast for what I’m doing. 

Its a balance. Casting,lure action, and ability not to break off a fish too easily. 

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On my conventional surf reels I use Hercules.  It's cheap and it's really good.  As often as I have to re-spool because of snags and whatnot it's not worth it to me to buy expensive braid for my bait fishing.  I have been using it for years and have never had any issue that wasn't my fault.

 

For spinners I have been liking Fireline by Berkley.  I was getting wind knots like crazy on my 710's and 704's but once I switched to Fireline, no more wind knots... Not ONE...  Remarkable stuff for spinning reels...

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For med-deep jigging: 832

 

For shallow-medium jigging soft plastics and metals and light plugs (Xrap 10, shadow rap, crystal minnow, mag darter):

fireline 10# tracer

j braid 8

 

I haven’t fished from shore for years, but these lines should be ok for that. They seem very castable for lob casts to targeting shorelines, underwater structures and other sidescan targets. 

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One vote for the yo-zuri super braid, I think it's the best value for the money. I have had good luck with fireline/berkley pro spec when they go on sale

 

Do yourself a favor and look at @aquaholik's sticky thread about line strength. That gives you a good idea about which lines are even worth looking at.

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