03-25-2010, 09:35 PM
Ok, so I just got my reel in to go on my new 10 wt. I will be fishing jetties along the Texas coast and was told that I should rig it up with a full sinking line. I was thinking of using Sufix Braid for backing in say 40#. Is there a better choice out there for a gel-spun small diameter for backing that you guys reccommend?
Also, what line would you guys use? Any suggestions will be appreciated.
If you after big fish that take out a lot of line, get the thickest braid that will suffice. It's a lot easier on your hands. Even for Silvers (Cohoes), I don't want anything thinner than 30# braid.
Maybe you tropical salt-water dudes wear gloves and use thinner backing, but I go bare-handed and don't want to get scorched.
03-26-2010, 07:00 AM
I would use 30# dacron. I use dacron for everything except tuna or large wreck creatures (>50# tippets). Never had a problem.
For tuna I use 60# powerpro on my tuna reel because I need the capacity and strength. This is on a 14wt - probably overkill for jetty fishing.
You might want to google knot strength for GSP bimini's and coaxial loops if you're going to go with braid. To me there's more hassle and cost involved with braid than dacron for inshore/light offshore fishing.
I'm with the consensus. I recently switched over to the SW micron brand 30# braid for inshore SWFF. It's treated to resist rot etc. I do have a couple of spools backed with gelspun for capacity reasons.
For typical use (stripers, salmon) I tie a large double surgeons loop on the backing side and make a core-integral loop on the line end for easy swapping of lines. This is often a weak spot so I make this junction as indestructible as possible. Slides thru the guides nicely and permits whole line changes via loop.
Jetty fishing does require a sinking line, but a full sink is difficult at best to handle efficiently. I'd suggest a sink head with an intermediate running line. I'm most familiar with Rio lines, and would recommend an Outbound Short, Type 6. If you plan to use that outfit in shallower water, an extra spool loaded with an intermediate or floating line will be required.
Whre in Texas do you fish? I used to live in Brownsville and fished the lower Laguna Madre for trout and redfish.
03-26-2010, 08:13 AM
Yep, good advice all around here. I like dacron 30 and full sinks are a pain in the a$% to fish.
03-26-2010, 09:50 AM
A couple of questions to consider. Are there crab traps or other potential snags where you are fishing? What will be the # test of the core of your 10 wt line or your running line and shooting head? Pretty frustrating to have your line wrapped around a Lobster pot/Crab trap (this sometimes happens with False Albie and Bonito), whatever, and break your backing trying to get it loose. What will you be fishing for: Bonito, Kings & Spanish?
I use 65# Suffix for backing on almost all my salt stuff. With the exception of large Tuna, it's for the above reason...not the fish. I prefer the Suffix to Power pro.... like the way it lays and I find it less slippery. I double the Suffix over then make a doubled 6" loop with a triple Surgeons knot or a Spider Hitch. The Spider can be a little tricky with the braid because the back winds tend to tighten too soon and keep the wind nearest the loop from seating fully.
03-26-2010, 06:45 PM
I was thinking about gel spun primarily for capacity reasons. The jetties (primarily at Port Aransas) I will be fishing have big jacks, some kingfish, tarpon, reds, and a few others but those primarily. My buddy and his friends landed 4 tarpon over 100#'s last year and jumped several more. I am just looking for whatever will jerk my rod on a big fly and need some help!
03-27-2010, 07:41 AM
Wow those are some serious Jetty fish. Maybe you should go with the heavy braid after all. I can get 600 yards or 60# power pro on my Gulfstream if you are looking to gage capacity. Just keep in mind your backing is going to be stronger than your fly line unless you are using a big game line like Rio Leviathan (which is a fantastic line, BTW). For connections I do a double bimini on the backing end or a single bimini, cutting the loop to double over a surgeons loop. The connections on the fly line are double-trap homemade braided loops of 50# braided mono - there are instructions on Dan Blanton's site. You will bend out your hooks before you break that setup.