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Does anyone fishing in the South where you can occasionally catch a 10+ bass, use 10# test line on their rods. I know I lose fish at times, but I think part of the sport is to try and catch a fish that weighs more than the test line- 8 pound fish on 8 pound line is impressive.


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I'm not in the South, but I do routinely fish with 10# test at Clear Lake in California.  Sometimes finesse is the best way to get a bite, and 8-12 pound fish are caught there fairly regularly.  My biggest on 10# lately is a bit over 7.
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Does anyone fishing in the South where you can occasionally catch a 10+ bass, use 10# test line on their rods. I know I lose fish at times, but I think part of the sport is to try and catch a fish that weighs more than the test line- 8 pound fish on 8 pound line is impressive.
I live down in S FL and don't really use anything heavier than 10lb test (ALL monofilament). I do have 1 MH with 15lb braid though, but it rarely gets used. Everything else is M action because that's part of the fun for me.
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Where I fish in Florida the grass and cover is so thick and the water is stained enough there is no reason to fish that light if you want to land the fish.
Finesse presentations or clear water, for sure.
The other issue would be if you break off often you aren't doing the fish any favors, leaving hooks in them.  Though I'm sure that's not what you're implying.
I've caught 6lb smallmouth on Lake Ontario on 6lb braid and 6lb floro leader in 30ft of water. You have to take your time fighting them to the boat. That is lots of fun.

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The diameter line I use has nothing to do with the size fish I might catch. It's about what type lure what size, what presentation and the cover you are fishing.

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Loomis hit the nail on the head.

I fish light line with finesse pretty regular when pond hopping in Florida. My biggest on light line was a 9 pounder on 8 lb. test. Surprisingly, I don't see many people using light line and finesse techniques in Florida. It can be highly effective!

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I love to finesse fish and rarely use over 6lb mono line.  I've caught a 10 and a 8 large mouth bass on that size line but I'd not recommend it unless your reel drag is set correctly and you are a seasoned fisherman.  Real fun I don't have many break off with fish, one pond I fish has horrible trash weeds and you need 10lb to be able and not get hung on that stuff.

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I have been following this thread, and after reminiscing on most of my bigger bass catches. A good number were caught using spinning gear and light line. Allowing the gear to work with you, and not overpower the situation when playing the bass is key.

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I go back and forth between 7# flouro, 10# flouro and will be trying 8# flouro.  I think the 10 is just a bit too heavy/stiff and the 7 doesnít give the control I want.  Iíve even tried 15-22# braid but Iím not too much of a fan of braid.
There arenít many 10lb fish in my local pond but there are enough 6s and 7s to make sure your gear is set.  Itís also an impoundment with varying currents, so the fish are fighters.

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I have been following this thread, and after reminiscing on most of my bigger bass catches. A good number were caught using spinning gear and light line. Allowing the gear to work with you, and not overpower the situation when playing the bass is key.
Well said Lou.

My PB largemouth (8.27 lb.) Was caught on a medium power spinning rod with a finesse C-Rig made of 6 lb. line, a light wire hook, 3/16 oz weight and a 3 inch worm hand poured by a friend of mine.

I've had quite a few 4 and 5 pounders on very similar spinning/light line setups.

The gear and understanding how to use it to properly apply it in the situation is critical 

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You guys call that light 6-8 is considered light with 8 on the heavier side and with a properly tied palomar knot and properly played you will be fine

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Where and how I fish dictate my line and lure choice. 10lb is just a number I don't use much. Generally 12lb is about as low as I go Bass fishing and that is cranking. I don't play games trying to up the % on fish lost so all my average catches are more entertaining. I try to catch fish, bigger fish, and get them in the boat period.  There is way to much stuff in the water where and how I fish that would destroy a landing percentage using 10lb. line.

I just cant fathom your fish of a lifetime on the end of a decision to play with line that you know you did not have to use and losing it over your own poor choice. I work too hard to make sure everything I can control is correct and working properly just for that day I hook up on that girl. Ill be dammed if I will intentionally sabotage myself.

If the type of fishing dictates 10lb like trying to get a crankbait deeper or something like that I completely understand. Doing it for thrills nope not for me. I wont be  :'(  over a poor choice I made when my next pb and me hookup.  ;)