The past two times I fished in Brazil, I was told to use nothing less than 65-pound braid. I brought several reels spooled up that way, but a couple with 50 as well, and found myself gravitating to the “lighter” line. It casts and handles better, and as long as your knots are good I’ve never had much problem using it for fish in the 10- to 20-pound range.
I’m headed back this week and I’m getting the same advice again. In fact, they’re doubling down, telling me to use 80 exclusively.
This time I’m not just chasing peacocks, but other species as well – many of them with sharp teeth – in rockier environments.
I’m going with one reel spooled up with 50, one with 65, one with 80, and a wild card ready to get loaded up with whatever I’m using most.
I have a feeling I’m going to end up using the 50 the most.
I hope I’m wrong, because if I am it’s a sign that things are very, very good.