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A great question from YouTube subscriber, and the full answer from Rick Maxa!
QUESTON: “If we are using hollow core, what’s the max difference in size would you recommend. Example 80lb hollow core, what’s the max flouro that should be used when splicing?”
ANSWER: “An excellent question, and one without a black and white answer. The first school of thought would be to never exceed your backing strength. Meaning if we have 80# hollow core backing, we shouldn’t use more than 80# fluoro.
However, there are some times when we are using the topshot purely for abrasion resistance. We’ll use knife jigging at night as our example. We are using an “80#” 2-speed outfit. It’s backed with 80# hollow spectra and it’s our dedicated night time jig outfit. Even though the rod is still ment for 80, our drags are set for 80, etc. we may put 130# into the backing and eliminate the need for a leader on your knife jig. You won’t be fishing any more drag, but you might be better off if the fish swallows your jig, or you find yourself in a tangle.
Those are the 2 schools of thought. As long as you can fit your fluorocarbon into the hollow spectra, there is no limit to the size of line from a connection strength stand point.”