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I'm trying to hit the surf a lot more this year however, the mono I've got on my reel probably isn't spooled right so it's giving me problems. However, I want to start fresh regardless.

I have a 12' Ugly Stik with a Penn Battle 6000. I plan to use a double bottom rig or fishfinder rig predominately. What kind of line or line combinations would you use/have had the most success with? Any advice is greatly appreciated.

Also I'll be fishing Onslow, Emerald Isle, and Topsail the most so any spots too would be great :D
 

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Try Spiderwire, because 1 it is hard for toothy fish to cut, and 2, for every so amounts of line you want on there, braid will be able to fit a lot more than mono. I don't know what you want to put as your leader, but that will probably be a heavy mono.
 

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On the baitcasters I run 30 pound braid on most everything but I'll run atleast one 7000 series with 50.
I switched over to braid in the surf back in 09 and never looked backed. Way more sensitive specially when paired with a good rod.
 

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I use braid on every reel I own and keep different weights of flouro leader material on hand and tie that on as needed.

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On my battle 6k i'm using 40lb PP with a mono backing, i personally prefer using a flouro leader mainly for the abrasion/toughness/sinkability factor but i rarely use double rigs anymore, only c-rig. If you want more line on your reel go 30lb or dont use backing, just put a piece of electrical tape over the braid to start.... either will be plenty strengthwise for most everything
 

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With the battle 6000 I would put on either 30 or 40 pound braid. Power Pro and Spiderwire are going to be your two main brands although there are plenty of others out there that are good quality braids as well. With 30 lb you will be able to get more line on the reel but it won't be as strong. Either way you should be set to go. You will need to buy a 500 yard spool of either one you'll just use a lot more of it by going with 30 lb. A 500 yard spool is going to run you $42 for Spiderwire and about $50 for Power Pro. With the battle you should have a superline spool so you can tie the braid directly onto the rubber gasket on the spool arbor and spool away. If you want to go cheap and just buy a 300 yard spool ($20-25) you can as long as you put some mono backing on the spool before you put on the braid.
I haven't used a flouro leader yet but was thinking about trying one out this year.
 

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no real reason for flouro leader using a double rig with a big wad of hooks and beads dangling down lol unless you just like wasting money.
 

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personal prefrence i guess i'm not a believer that flouro catches more fish then mono... ask anyone that has ever been fishing with me. I put the same or more fish over the rail and never use the stuff while they swear by it.

I grew up fishing some of the clearest water on the coast of FL and never seen any difference at all. I also fished the clearest mountain trout streams in the rockies with spinnign and fly equipment and never noticed a difference either other than cost.

On the other hand i'm all for tying my own rigs without the unnecessary junk.
 

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Fishing in the surf zone I personally don't think there is any need for flouro. Everything is pretty churned up.
Store bought 2 drop rigs. If you want to get into the mullet buy the plane jane ones, preferably without swivels at the hooks. Just a loop. The better way is learn to take your main line and tie one loop on the end for the sinker and 2 droppers above it for hooks.

There is no "rig". Only the main line.
 

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Fishing in the surf zone I personally don't think there is any need for flouro. Everything is pretty churned up.
Store bought 2 drop rigs. If you want to get into the mullet buy the plane jane ones, preferably without swivels at the hooks. Just a loop. The better way is learn to take your main line and tie one loop on the end for the sinker and 2 droppers above it for hooks.

There is no "rig". Only the main line.
The only reason I tie my own with a swivel at the top is for quicker rig or lure changes. If im soaking bait but notice a school headed in my way, its pretty quick to cut my line above the swivel, throw whatever else I want on, then easily switch back when Im ready.

As far as flouro goes, its a confidence thing with me I think. I buy my leader material in larger spools and its not that much more expensive, I feel more confident, and its no extra work to use flouro. Probably doesnt make a lick of difference.
 

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Use braid, 20 lb powerpro will do ya good. Don't forget to put on a mono backing.... I've made that mistake before... Make your bottom rig with mono. Use a swivel to connect it to your main line and use a swivel with a snap for your sinker in-case you need to change the weight depending on how rough the water is. I use dropper loops, faster, cheaper, and still catches fish, sometimes I put beads on the loops as well, you don't have to, but I like to when I'm fishing for pompano. Just be sure to tie new ones when you catch bluefish because they will fray the line severely.
 
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