Big Game is a great line. Hi test and Momoi Diamond are neck and neck in breaking strength. Both are great products that you can trust. Stick with Momoi, Big Game, Jinkai or Sufix. No need for braid if using high capacity reels unless your trying to pull rig donkey's off rigs.
Hey Ronnie, Why do you want to run 25 yds of 50# mono in front of your spectra on your spinner? For a conventional reel I can understand because it is much easier to get the backlash out of mono but you will loose easily 30'-40' of casting distance due to the diameter of the mono. 5' is plenty on your spinner. On my jigging setup I go with 15'-20' of mono so I have plenty of mono to rerig when the line gets rough.
i was gonna use it for a topshot... and to absorb shock ?? am I wrong. I thought about just 5 feet for my fingers sake... but will 5 feet absorb the shock ? I would think I would need at least enought to go from the waters edge up to the rod standing on the Big E.. my lack of experience dictates my guesswork...lol.
Most of the guys fishing the Big E, myself included, keep the mono short because if you have 25 yards of 50lb/diameter mono line chasing the lure/popper you will notice a difference in your casting distance. Most go to a medical supply and pick up a roll of Koban. Koban is a medical wrap that sticks to itself and wrap a few times around your pointer and middle finger (wrap separately not together) to hold the spectra with your wrapped fingers. On the TBB 06 I retired one of my spinners because it was loaded with 80lb spectra, 3' 80lb flourocarbon and would not get a Tuna Hunter outside the lights! That is the reason I got to tryout the Cabo 80, Stella 8000, Torium 20, and I don't remember what else I casted. I went back with 50lb spectra and now the Tuna Hunters SOAR at least 200' from the same rig.
Load the reel with spectra and pick up some Koban. If you can't find any someone on the boat will probably have some you can use. If you don't like it cut off some spectra and put mono under your finger right there on the boat.
If you start with 25 yds of mono you also won't have but 3/4 of a spool by the time you get your bait in the water and that is bad because it reduces your retrieve speed and increases the drag pressure on the fish. Remember 15lbs of drag with a full spool, 30lbs at 1/2 capacity, and 45lbs at 1/4 capacity.
Remember 15lbs of drag with a full spool, 30lbs at 1/2 capacity, and 45lbs at 1/4 capacity.
I'm not sure drag pressure ramps up quite that fast as the mechanics involved is more dependent on the radius between the outside wrap of line and the center of the spool. If you remember your geometry, the outside 25% of circle (length of radius) houses 43% of the total area. Additionally, most reel spools have a slight taper to them so the total volume may be closer to 45-50% depending on reel.
And you thought you wouldn't have a practical application of geometry when you grew up
OK Kevin I was remembering articles that I read in the past that used those numbers and since I didn't like geometry much I didn't actually do the math. But there will be greater drag pressure as the reel is getting dumped either from a looong cast or from a good fish that takes the bait at the end of a looong cast.
Assuming Ronnie is throwing a Stella 20K or a spinner with equilivant capacity it probably won't be much of a factor. If Ronnie is throwing a Stella 8K or a spinner with equilivant capacity it may be a factor due to the reduced size of the reel and its capacity. Just my .02