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What do you guys top shot your braid with on spinning reels. I've used all sorts of mono but haven't found one yet that doesn't have a lot of memory, eg when you open the bail arm it just flies of the spool. Maybe it is just a issue with the small diameter of spinning reel spools? Using 50, 65 and 80 lb braid, 5500 and 8000 size Daiwas and 8000 and 12000 size shimanos.

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I only use a few meters mono leader not a top shot on my egg beaters 

Presume you setting up for medium - BIG tuna with lures

What length & size are you trying to use?

I try to go lighter leader as tuna teeth rarely cut leader but they can be shy & heavy leaders will also restrict action 

Go get em knackers

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Yep, pretty much, that and heading over to the FWC soon. Casting with big baits and braid is tough on the fingers. I only use top shot in the same breaking strain as the braid. I find it hard enough to break 50 lb line in mono or braid if stuck on the bottom. My bigger lures for Marlin etc have 5-8 metres of 150-300 lb leader on them anyway.

Jinkai do specific top shot mono but only in 100lb and up from what I can see.

I also back off the drag a heap when just using braid trolling without a top shot and maybe a metre or so of leader on the lure. It would be nice to find a good mono topshot that doesn't fly off the spool, plus you can use a decent drag setting rather than backing off the drag to get a good hookup. 

So I suppose I just want maybe 2-3 metres of topshot so the reels are still good for bottom bashing/drifting in deep water to maintain the feel of braid and less drag in the water.

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We have used Jinkai for years in various strains and love it. Supple as and ties great knots. I tie 15kg braid to 20kg Jinkai mono with an improved albright without doubling the braid and have never had an issue. I run up to 4 rod lengths of mono and the memory is acceptable.

Cheers,

Greg.

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