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HI Raiders, I have been reading and using info from this site for years but first time posting - great source of knowledge - keep up the good work all round. Might be one for the game fishing section but didn't look like there has been much activity recently, In the last year or so i have been heading out on other peoples boats chasing Marlin and Tuna, had a fair bit of success catching a few Marlin, YFT and some large dollies. Using the gear on the boats i head out with which are more often than not 50 or 50wlrs tiagras with some TLDs and Tyrnos' in the mixer as well, mainly 24kg mono with wind on leaders. I'm looking at getting my own setup, but want something lighter that can do the job, up to decent sized black/striped Marlin Blue's are probably too angry for what i have in mind.. And of course tuna/dollies/anything biting. Reason being i like the idea of smaller lighter rod and reel to feel the fight more and more comfortable to use. I have been reading into the difference of just using mono vs mono topshot with braid backing and it seems there is quite a divide in opinion (as with most subjects on game fishing) as to just sticking with mono on bigger reels or using the hybrid approach. Some articles i have read have said that using braid is an unfair advantage and shouldn't be allowed under the IGFA rules and others say it doesn't have the stretch to be consistent and also expensive etc. Few questions: Thoughts on braid backing vs full mono? IF not using hollowcore connection what is the strongest braid to mono knot that can be used to tie braid to mono? FG an obvious one, but is a bimmini to FG doubled stronger for example? What reel would you use for the above application using braid and topshot? 15/24kg setup. If just mono i would prob go tyrnos or tiagra depending on budget.. Thanks in advance, Mr Burger, PS i should put some report up soon of such outings, bad on my part.
double shot posted a topic in Desperate & BoatlessHi Raiders I have a 20 foot half cabin full setup all gear- just looking for someone to come out weekends- I go out to the banks, JB, Kiama fad - 70s - to the canyons plus have several in close snapper spots Had good season so far this year released 8 marlin and caught 3 dollies that went 20 kg on light 3kg spin (hour plus fights). Maybe get out once a week or so sometimes I go solo sometimes two on board share fuel costs (max $50) and help me clean up the boat afterwards If you have seamanship skills that's good, angling skills that's good, but most important - good sense of humour and have fun ! I generally don't go too early and don't stay out all day either (not a troll plastics all day type boat) look for versatility and what's biting. If anyone is interested in some sport fishing mayhem send a message and I'll get back to you