The single most important aspect of your tackle providing that vital link between yourself and your catch. What's everyone's favorites and why? Come on in and find out!
As much as I like fluoro, the sinking thing is real and is a big annoyance to me fishing weedy ponds. If I cast a jig out and let it soak, I start reeling in and I have snot grass and junk draped over my line. Biggest reason why I'll probably be switching to braid for most of my pond fishing stuff.
You don't need sensitivity for frogs, but you need your line to float and probably cut through vegetation, so I'd use the lightest braid you can get away with (40-50#) and 4 carrier if you can stand the feel of it. Save that Tatsu for flipping.
As a matter of fact I don't have enough rods.
I doubt you'll find anyone who won't tell you their landing percentage went way up in heavy vegetation when they switched to braid. It floats and cuts through weeds like a knife. Prior to braid, people used something like 25# Big Game or XT for frogging and flipping/punching. Fluoro sinks and will kill the action of a frog, and it doesn't cut through vegetation like braid. I can't say this for certain, as I don't use fluoro in these circumstances, but I think the other reason fluoro is a bad choice for punching heavy vegetation is that it becomes brittle after being repeatedly pulled and stretched to close to its limits (I've found many fluoros don't recover from being fully stretched and become weaker, especially if this is done repeatedly), so you'll end up having to replace it far more often, which will get really expensive really quickly with Tatsu.
Don't do it!!! I can't tell you how many times I've had a tournament partner or buddy throw a frog with mono or fluoro 'in a pinch' because they weren't prepared. $$$$.$$ worth of lost fish later, they have all learned their lesson. I can't even imagine how many fish would be lost, missed, etc. trying to punch with mono or fluoro!!! Don't learn the hard way.
Ive had alot of success with buzzing frogs on 16lb FC Sniper specifically Zman and Horny Toads on a Diablo Spec R. Mostly in open water/sparse vegetation. With the rod held high I feel like the weight of fluro enables the frog to run more parallel then when paused with the rod tip down sinks more naturally and can be ran subsurface at a quicker speed. By naturally im mean nose down as if it were a frog swimming down for cover. Typically I dont do this often but fishing on a yak sometimes your limited to the amount of tackle you can bring and using my stiffer Heavy powered rod with braid which is my flipping/hollowbody setup is a joke for casting those light weightless style soft body frogs into the wind or skipping under docks. These are fished with a single ewg style hook as well to me its no different or even the same as fishing a jig. Not to doubt anyones opinions but at you own risk test it out for yourself. Fishing nowadays I feel is all personal preference based on expirences either from yourself or other fellow fishermen, Im the kind of guy who doesnt believe it until i see it. Check out Bamabasses older videos he used fluro for frogs and filmed incredible blowups. Good luck!
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