The super Braids are one third the diameter of monofilament and consequently need far less sinker weight to nail your bait to the bottom, making life a lot easier all round. No more moans and groans about pulling up a 2lb sinker every time the bait gets washed out or the Skipper wants to re-position the boat, an easily reeled in 12oz sinker will probably do the same job.

For all its benefits, braid does have some aspects of its use which need some understanding. One of these is that if the braid is just wound normally and fairly slackly onto a reel. When you get a decent fish that pulls your string a bit more than normal, because the braid line is so thin, it will cut into the coils of line and bury itself. Then when the fish decides enough is enough and goes for home, the buried line will lock up solid, not allowing the clutch to slip, resulting in a tug of war which, if the fish is big enough will result in heartbreaking disappointment - because you will know that you have just lost the fish of the year!!

Truthfully I have had this happen to me, so I write this with the benefit of hindsight and some experience, the braid needs to be packed onto your reel tightly so that the coils will not bury. Do not worry about bursting or distorting spools as you might with monofilament, because it is the forces caused by the monofilament stretching and then try to regain its original length which breaks and distorts spools; super braid has very little stretch so these compressive forces have only a minimal effect.

My method of packing superbraid onto a reel tightly is simple. First wind the braid onto an old reel as tightly as you can. Then use the clutch on the old reel to apply the pressure when winding it onto the reel which you are going to fish with.

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