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Post  piking newbie3485 on Thu Dec 20, 2012 11:43 pm

hey guys quick thought have i gone too heavy for canal work 2.75lb tc carp rods 50lb braid baitrunner reels 20lb-30lb trace with size 6 or 8 trebles all thoughts welcome as i am just starting out in the piking side of fishing confused confused
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Post  noodle on Thu Dec 20, 2012 11:54 pm

The wire is a bit light tbh
For baits the lightest i use is 30 lb well and 28lb from drennan but i usually use 40 lb carboflex for everything
Rods braid all ok ive just stepped down to 2.75's for smaller waters, bear in mind my rods were mostly 3.25 to 5.5 with a couple of lighter ones for little baits, soft baits etc. But now im fishing less on the glacials and more on rivers etc so some softer rods are in order
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Post  rozzo on Fri Dec 21, 2012 5:53 am

i agree you're about spot on,, but i too use minimum 28lb wire. i use 15lb mono mainline and 15lb trace wire for up traces with 2.75 rods for their great action. dont forget that even small canals can hold massive pike Twisted Evil
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Post  robh107 on Fri Dec 21, 2012 10:11 am

i'd say you're about spot on except for the rod... for small canals/rivers i prefer to use 2 1/4lb tc as i've always found the lighter test curve to be alot more forgiving close in. tbh i'd prefer 15lb berkley big game mono over braid for the same reasons.
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Post  rozzo on Fri Dec 21, 2012 6:13 pm

robh107 wrote:i'd say you're about spot on except for the rod... for small canals/rivers i prefer to use 2 1/4lb tc as i've always found the lighter test curve to be alot more forgiving close in. tbh i'd prefer 15lb berkley big game mono over braid for the same reasons.
15lb berkley big game is imo the best line ever produced Wink
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Post  adie1200 on Fri Dec 21, 2012 6:27 pm

piking newbie3485 wrote:hey guys quick thought have i gone too heavy for canal work 2.75lb tc carp rods 50lb braid baitrunner reels 20lb-30lb trace with size 6 or 8 trebles all thoughts welcome as i am just starting out in the piking side of fishing confused confused

Sounds fine to me mate apart from the trace !! as noodle said 28lb-30lb is good Wink

I use 2.75lb rods and 50lb braid on canals and they are spot on Very Happy
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Post  robh107 on Sat Dec 22, 2012 6:45 pm

rozzo wrote:
robh107 wrote:i'd say you're about spot on except for the rod... for small canals/rivers i prefer to use 2 1/4lb tc as i've always found the lighter test curve to be alot more forgiving close in. tbh i'd prefer 15lb berkley big game mono over braid for the same reasons.
15lb berkley big game is imo the best line ever produced Wink

agreed! i used to use it all the time but i decided to try daiwa sensor a few seasons back.... i think my reels breathed a sigh of relief when i reloaded them with big game again in september.
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