I’m getting my reels ready for spring and changing my lines. Last spring I bought a Abu Garcia silver max bait cast combo. It’s my first bait cast and didn’t have much luck with it, one 4lbs bass under a dock and some how a 18″ muski. I was using Suffix 832 braid and tried to tie on a floro leader with a uni knot but lost my crank bait when the knot slipt. I wanted to know what line you recommend for a bait cast beginner that uses it for top water, jigging and crank baits. I know it’s only suppose to be used for one. I did get really good using the reel but this year I would like to catch some fish on it. Also if you do recommend a main line with a leader can you show what knots to use. Thanx and I love your show your kind and greatfull and it makes it a joy to watch

Posted on March 3rd, 2016

Hi Steve, my pleasure to answer your question. Firstly, there is no one-presentation limitation with a baitcaster. You can use it for whatever type of fishing you choose. Secondly, most baitcaters perform best with a line diameter that is 12 lb. mono or larger. So, it you are going to use braid, I would recommend you load on no less than 40 lb. Sufix 832 (10 lb. monofilament diameter).

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Regarding your connections, we have produced an excellent educational video on our Italo Labignan YouTube channel where I show/explain the best connection to use for lighter and heavier Fluorocarbon-to-Braid connections. You can click on the link above, or when you get on our channel you can type,  “connecting leaders with knots” in our search engine).

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