My opinion is that the most important piece of fishing equipment is the monofilament. You can have the best baits, boilie, rods, reels, rod pod, bait alarm,… but if we do not change the monofilament regularly there is a high probability that you will lose fish more often. Why? Monofilament is exposed to sunlight, other weather conditions, underwater structures (stones, branches, shells, …). The consequence is: it loses strength, resistance and strength of the knot is poor, it becomes harder and so on. So it is very important to change it regularly at least once a year or more (depending on how many times you go fishing).
Very good monofilament can be bought from 5€ / 5.8$ (300m / 328yd), so there is no such cost. Some brands of monofilament have a pretty high price, but in my experience we pay the price of the brand. Good advertising makes demand higher and thus the price of the product higher. Of course, the decision is yours which monofilament to choose, try different brands and you will find out which monofilament suits you best.
My choice: Sufix Carp Spirit M-TX (0.35mm)
Which monofilament for carp fishing to buy? I was looking for cheaper nylon (around 10€ / 11.60$ ) with a longer length (1000m). I decided to buy Carp spirit M-TX monofilament. I decided to buy it just by feeling without any advice from the seller or any other advice from internet.
When I got the package (monofilament) in the mail I basically didn’t expect anything special. But I was wrong as I got more than I expected. More in the pictures below.
Monofilament is protected from external influences by strong plastic.
In addition to monofilament, there are additional instructions for making different knots.
At the knot just pull and you have the monofilament ready.
Because I don’t need so much new monofilament on the reel (maximum 250m / 273yd) I use the old monofilamen on which I spool the new one. I usually use an old fishing rod which is more than great for this job.
To connect the old monofilament with the new one I use a double grinner knot or double uni knot. Monofilament needs to be always moistened before you make a knot, because this prevents damage to the monofilament (friction) and then pull both ends slowly to make a knot.
Of course, you can also use other types of knots that you prefer.
I don’t put the monofilament in the water because I haven’t noticed a difference and I don’t practice it anymore. When the monofilament is on the reel, I just clip it and cut it off. Now the reels are ready for fishing.
Fishing time ?
My opinion after the first fishing trip:
- ✔ sinks like a brick
- ✔ excellent for long distance casting (75g / 2.65oz inline lead reaches distances with a rig of over 100m / 109yd)
- ✔ excellent knot strength
- ✔ poorly visible in water
- ✔ medium soft hardness
Till next time …
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