This is what I use.All of my 50s have 80# Momoi Hi-Catch.
For optimum versatility I back mine with 130lb Jerry Brown hollow spliced to a 150 to 200 yd 80lb Momoi mono top shot.May do some trolling. Sharking for sure. I am debating with a friend the cost of the JB hollow core vs just mono. I know he will be trolling with his.
This is the way I would go. You will never even see the braid until you really need it.For optimum versatility I back mine with 130lb Jerry Brown hollow spliced to a 150 to 200 yd 80lb Momoi mono top shot.
With this I can troll for tuna without braid in the spread, plus add a wind on leader for shark fishing. I can also take it with me to Florida for deep dropping for swords or high speed wahoo trolling. Very versatile.
Basel turned me on to this set-up:thumbsup:
60 Momoi Diamond! They rate the breaking strength around 91lbs.
Spooling Braid is not difficult or tricky. It is not easy to do by hand vs a machine By hand take some arm strength. I do a dozen 50's and a few 30's and 70's by hand every year. It only needs to be packed tight and even. Doing a few this weekend. A few beers while the game is on and 2 guys can do a few reels in a few hours without breaking a sweat. The 50's are going on thier 5th season. Every year i end up cutting off 20 yards or so and splice in a new loops. This year i will likely splice in a few yards of new line to make up for what i lost and removed over the past 4 season. The splice will be almost invisable and will maintain 100% of the line strength. I also like ot be able ot change my topshot depending on the fishing i am doing. BFT on the cape we will have 100lb mono topshots on the 50's and 80 on the 30's. (This is for Chaff not fighting strength or drag presure.Everyone discusses how long you can keep HC on your reels. The question is do you really want to leave line on your reels for 5yrs +? Don't you want to be able to pull it and clean the spool? My understanding is HC needs to be wrapped tight so even if you do pull it respooling it yourself can be tricky.
We looked into HC: increased capacity, longer lasting and the above is basically what I was told by our tackle shop.