ten, are better tuned into feet placement, body position for the swing of the rod on the hookset and everything else. Having a consistent set-up (system) is the founda- tion for that. If you picked up a rod that had a dif- ferent action, a different reel, a different cadence to the speed, instead of 31 inches per revolution, you’re down to 24, you will never become pro cient at the mechanics necessary to not only wield and work the lures you are using, but when you do get that hit, even the microscopic feel-nothing hits, you will lose out on opportunities that you’ll never know are there because the feel of nothing, the lack of anything is sometimes the biggest sh. Now understanding the different ca- pabilities of your monos, your uoros and your braids will help nish off the system. If you throw a big bait (say over 2-3 oz) with braid, you have to increase the diameter of the braid simply for shock value. So if you throw 10/50 PowerPro, something of that diameter with a big bait, and you start to get a backlash, the braid will actually cut into itself, melt and snap off because it is
too thin of a diameter. You have to go to 65 or 85 to throw big baits simply to get the line diameter thick enough in case a back- lash occurs. Fluorocarbon is also a differ- ent animal, when you use it with big baits. It is really interesting because if you do not have a good parabolic tip on a big bait rod, when you do a lob cast, uoro will actually heat up and get heat damage. It also is a denser line that will sink within the water column, so when you use a swimbait such as the BBZ1 that does directional changes, the uoro will actually drop under the nose of that bait, and the front hook grabs the uorocarbon, actually increasing the fre- quency of foul-hooking with big baits used that way. I mainly use mono for my big baits, because of the attributes mono brings to the system. Mono oats a little better, and it has a little bit more forgiveness for backlashes. However, when I troll big baits, I use braid. In super-clear water or when I have to make a little longer cast and I have the wind to my back, while using a tube or something, I may use uoro just to help me with the stretch on long distance hooksets. So understanding your lines is big. The line
diameter and thickness are key. I favor 25 lb test Maxima to create part of the perfect system for me, so I strive to keep close to the same diameter on braid and uoro. That means 85 lb braid to try to keep that same diameter. Fluorocarbon is just a little thinner than mono for the same lb test. So if you use 25 lb mono, you can actually increase your uorocarbon strength a little bit, depending on brand. Building the right set up starts way before you look at any type of lures (tools) and if done properly will last many years and battle many of those monster sh that will only swim in the dreams of the unpre- pared shermen. It’s your choice to think outside the box, and if you do, you’ll nd yourself keepin’ it in the BBZ. Bill Siemantel is sponsored by: Spro, Gamakatsu, BassCat Boats, Power-Pole, RoboWorm, Maxima, Lamiglas, Shimano, Lowrance, Team Davies TearShot, Pro’s Soft Bait Glue, theBBZ.com, WileyX. BW
From L to R: The term “big baits” covers anything from a 12 inch Castaic Trout back in the day, to one of the Original Optimums, to a Tiger Tube, to the modern lures such as the BBZ-1.