Seems to be a dearth of fishing reports on the Forum ... Maruthu is actively fishing but prefers to put
his exploits on YouTube!
So are there any anglers out there who still use monofilament line ?
I do use it sometimes, for the following reasons or occasions:
. It is cheaper than braid
. On reels prone to windknots with braid, using monofilament line alleviates the problem. However, as mono is thicker than braid for the same lb strength, one will lose a lot of line capacity if you fill up the reel with mono only.
I therefore bottom fill the reel with an adequate amount of braid line and top shot it with say a 100 meters of mono line.
This kills two birds with one stone. Firstly, one is not bothered by wind knots . Secondly, if you hook a strong fish, the underlying braid is adequate to stop its long runs and it cannot strip the spool.
. There is a school of thought amongst Australian anglers,who troll for fish, that braid is unforgiving as it does not stretch. Hence, it can rip the hook out of a fish mouth when set aggressively.
As mono stretches under tension, it is more forgiving in this scenario and is therefore preferred when
. Again, when trolling , some reels hold upto 400meters of braid which can be quite costly if a strong running Tuna were to take line and strip the spool, so mono line will not hurt the pocket as much in this situation.
. Similarly, there is a school of thought that mono is preferable to braid when fishing from the shore in
places that have sharp rocks underwater ..... primarily because braid cuts easily while mono is more abrasion resistant.
However, I must confess that if I look at my reels, the vast majority of them are loaded with braid!
Hard to break a habit, I guess !!