Braid ben­e­fits

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method, com­monly used with bait-cast­ing reels. I’m sure given my pen­chant for some shiny new gear, I might jump on the band­wagon at some point, but for now I’m happy with a fixed-spool, in ei­ther a 1000 or 2500 size. Choice is a mat­ter of per­sonal pref­er­ence, but it’s best to go for one that bal­ances your cho­sen rod, and I have never had any prob­lem with Daiwa or Shi­mano reels.

Once you have cho­sen your reel, the next step is to load it with fine di­am­e­ter braid. I use braid for all of my lure fish­ing, as the zero stretch pro­vides much bet­ter ‘feel’ and ‘feed­back’, bet­ter hook-up ra­tios, and the fine di­am­e­ter for its break­ing strain helps to achieve bet­ter cast­ing. A break­ing strain of around 8 lb is a good choice for most sit­u­a­tions.

There are some amaz­ing braids avail­able, but many are mega-ex­pen­sive Ja­panese im­ports, set­ting you back nearly as much as your reel. While I def­i­nitely wouldn’t rec­om­mend scrimp­ing on braid, there are some good, cheaper al­ter­na­tives that are read­ily avail­able. Daiwa J-Braid is a cost-ef­fec­tive and re­li­able 8-strand op­tion that has never let me down.

Con­tin­ued over

The smile says it all - my love of lure fish­ing has led to some im­pres­sive catches, such as this pike.

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