Great info from Gunner and Zim on this
1. What braid is best as far as hook setting ..also will circle hooks work better with mono or braid.
2. How will it affect my casting switching to braid?
3. Will i be able to still use lures when i want to?
4. How will it affect the eyes of my pole ?
Hey jim whats the word on the circle hook regs for this year??
Both mono and braid excel under different circumstances for different reasons. First we look at mono. Stretch ... as much as 15 to 30% more than braid.
(MOO means my opinion only)
Pink Ande strong as hell and abrasion resistant will pull a sub out of the water. Stretch is a good thing after a sharp heavy hit so the hook doesn't straighten or rip away from the lip.
Drawbacks. Memory. Will degrade fast if left in the sun. Absorbs water and will sink. Need to change line often. At least once a month if fishing heavy. You have to inspect the first 20 feet for nicks constantly when fishing around rocks. A heavier flouro leader can minimize the damage.
Braid -- small diameter copolymer superlines. Virtually no stretch.
Great for jigging. Extreme sensitivity to every little bump. Good for top water as well because it wont absorb water. Great for distance because it allows you to use smaller diameter for the same amount of test.
Example braid equivalent 8 pound test is 20 pound mono.
Drawbacks. Some reels dont handle braid as well. I dont know about the eb40?
Bites into the backing and can slip. Susceptible to wind knots (actually loop knots that form over the top of the spool from slack in the line)
Tangles are a biotch to take out unless you have patience and a hook or thin prod. Carry an extra spool.
Mystery break offs. Sharp edges will cut it like a razor. Although it is more abrasion resistant than mono.
My preference with braids are fireline smoke and fireline crystal. 14 to 20 pound test.
Heavier test I use sufix performance braid. Love the stuff.
I hate power pro. Its not the same as sufix although they look alike.
Circle hooks are great for both especially with a baitrunner. All you have to do is reel in.
Expect to gain 30 to 50 yards casting distance with braid due to the smaller diameter although I can fire 20 pound mono pretty far with a 704 and big pencil.
Yes. Tie on a mono or fluorocarbon leader using an albright knot to the braid. use a a duolock on the business end or tie directly with a homer rhodes knot or rapala (loop Knot)
Upgrade from the shakespeare if you can. Best selling rod of all time but not great for plugging with. A cheaper alternative to a high end rod is the tsunami trophy series rod. If it had no markings on it and I didnt tell you what it was you would swear it was decent at least for throwing what its rated for.
The answer depends on the rod guides. The fugi alconite guides on the higher end rods are designed with superlines in mind. Ceramic guides aren't as susceptible as some of the manufacturers suggest. I haven't had an issue with cutting through guides on any of my rods. El cheapos included.
I have had issues with the plastic baitfinders when using bait.
The ceramic sinker slides take care of that issue however.
No word on circles as law yet. Just proposals that are in vogue these days. We'll find out more as the season approaches.