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Old 10-03-2014, 11:56
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Hi guys

This Thursday im taking a trip to the much talked about Manor Farm Fisheries in Bedfordshire. I have read online that the lake holds big bream to 14lbs, Roach, Tench to 9lbs and Carp to 30lbs.

I only really plan on fishing for the Roach and any bream are a bonus. Im not really bothered about the big carp at all, but of course any fish would be welcome.

However, Ive been left wondering what breaking strain line to use. When Im fishing for roach i generally use 3 or 4lb mono line. Do you guys think I should play it safe and perhaps set out with 9 or 10lb line in case i get stuck into one of the bigger carp? I'm thinking this will hinder my chances of netting a nice size bag of silver fish throughout the day.

What would you do?
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Default Re: What line breaking strain to use?

What method you planning on fishing ?

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Default Re: What line breaking strain to use?

I was planning on using two rods.

One to to float fish and the other to quiver tip/bite alarm with a cage feeder/maggot feeder
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For both methods 3/4lb main line. 0:7 ( 1lb 12 ) hooklink for float rig, 0:12 ( 3lb 8 ) for feeder rig..
Breaking strain approx....
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Default Re: What line breaking strain to use?

I agree with PC.....No point in setting your stool for roach and then using heavy line in case a big fish wanders along. The 3/4lb line is capable of handling quite big fish outside of roach providing your in a fairly open swim. Could be a decent fight if you hook a 14lb bream though!!

Good luck on the new venue and hope to hear how you got on...
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Default Re: What line breaking strain to use?

Radderz

If it was me, I would keep the float set up exactly as you've mentioned, but maybe go with the heavier line and possibly bigger bait on the other rod.

Roach are a finicky old biter at the best of times and I wonder if by setting out a float rod and feeder rod both with small baits then you'll just be inneficient at hitting bites on either of them?

Whereas if you keep all of your attention on the float rod, you've got a much better chance of being effective with it? And it sounds like you wouldn't actually mind landing one of those bigger fish - so maybe you set out one rod to target them?

I do a lot of fishing like this because I want the best of both worlds... I love catching a constant stream of smaller fish on a float, but I'd also like the opportunity of a bonus fish too. I tend to use a method feeder on the "big" rod, or a carp-style lead clip and hair-rig with a PVA bag of goodies.

Anyway, whichever way you end up doing it, tight lines... hope the trips a good one!
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Old 11-03-2014, 19:51
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Default Re: What line breaking strain to use?

Agree as said above.

Do you have more than one spool? if so you can change up if the big ones keep coming.
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Alternatively use light line and use the drag system on your reel if you hook a lump...
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Default Re: What line breaking strain to use?

If you like to fish for silver fish..do just that. If you fish a float at normal floatfishing range there is a considerably lessened chance of one of the bigger fish. The big ones will probably be further out at" specialist" range. Anyway with 4lb mono and a similar hightec hooklength with a soft action float rod it's amazing what can be landed should the unexpected happen.
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Cheers for the advice guys! I'll let you know how i get on tomorrow
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