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Monofilament or braided line for swordfish?

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Since swordfish stocks have recovered significantly since their low a decade or so ago (or so I’ve heard), I’d like to try my hand at swordfishing. I think I’ve got a fairly decent setup but I’m still wondering —

Should I use monofilament or braided line for swordfish? I’ve asked a few people and gotten mixed answers. So I’m looking for a bit more information on the possibilities here. Maybe I’ll be left to discover everything on my own anyway, but a little input would help.

Thanks, hope someone’s got a bit of info about this.

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  1. Angling Al on Feb 15, 2013 Reply

    Though you’ll probably find plenty of people who suggest monofilament, I’d highly recommend braided, myself. It’s not as elastic, it’s true, which might be something of a disadvantage in some fights against swordfish. But I feel that it’s more important to get a good hook set and this is the way to do it — you’ll be able to set the hook good and hard and have the best chance of getting your fish, whether you’re keeping it or going for catch-and-release.

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  2. Erwin on Feb 27, 2013 Reply

    I believe braided line is the way to go. It’s ultra strong. The newest braided lines incorporate innovative materials like gel-spun polyethylene. My favorite brand is PowerPro.

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