How does braid line affect the dive of a crank bait vs 10 xt trilene? And what do u guys normally run for pound test?
Braided line for trolling
I still use mono on rods used with planer boards due to clip tension issues.
I use braid on rods I use flat-lining off the stern. I troll mostly shallow stick baits (original rapala for example) and they sometimes tick the bottom in 5-6 fow, but never deeper than that, 100-175' back from the boat.
I don't see a noticeable difference with the baits behind boards and their depth running with mono, except the boards drag-point starts below the surface...the flat line starts at the rod tip 2-3' above the surface, which has an effect. Maybe that difference evens out the drag issue and bait depth.
This is on Kosh, nothing deeper than 6-7' most of the year.
You could do a 40 pound super slick braid if you want a similar dive curve to 10 pound mono.
Precision trolling app is 110 bucks right now. Pretty slick app.
Braid is hit and miss. Yes it's nice to get deeper but it seems to be hard on the board grips and your boards slide back unless you wrap around about 3 times. Some styles of snap weights also have a problem staying put.
If you were using 10lb mono and switch to 10 lb braid there will be some less resistance and the lure will run slightly deeper. If you switch to a braid that is the same diameter as the mono you will run shallower. Braid has a course/rough texture and it will have more resistance to a mono line of equal diameter and thus run shallower. The other effect to keep in mind if using braid to troll with planer boards is the no stretch of braid. That will cause the board to jump more especially in rougher water. Likewise that will cause the lure to run more erratic. Wether that is a good or bad thing you would have to use your own judgment.