Braid or Mono for surf/rocks

In my quest to finally land a Mulloway, I tried again last night from the beach and hooked up on something big.  From what I've read, it showed all the signs of being a big Mulloway.


However while pulling like a freight train, it pulled my line so that it was rubbing against a bommie and I got snapped off (65 lb Whiplash braid).  Whatever it was, it was big, and felt quite different to a ray, I've landed enough big rays to know what they feel like.  I could feel the line rubbing against the rock and tbh I was surprised it lasted so long. 

This isn't the first time this has happened, I hooked a smallish ray a few weeks ago and it swam so that the line was going over a rocky outcrop (I could see the line going over the rock) and while the whiplash put up a good fight, it eventually snapped.

I really hate the thought of fish swimming around dragging hooks and sinkers, and want to stop this happening.


Most of the beaches here have rocky outcrops somewhere along them, and knowing my luck the line will find that outcrop sooner or later.

My question is, would something like 40 lb mono be better as a main line for fishing in my area?  Any suggestions?

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 I think the answer is pretty

Thu, 2018-04-12 12:05

 I think the answer is pretty obvious?

If you dont want to leave anything to chance and want the abrasion resistance, then mono would be the way to go.  

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 I use mono for all my big

Thu, 2018-04-12 12:14

 I use mono for all my big fish beach fishing. 30lb will land most. Sufix xl strong or sufix synergy are good lines with good abrasion resistance. I like the stretch mono offers for big headshakes.

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Just use 10-15m of mono

Thu, 2018-04-12 12:40

Just use 10-15m of mono topshot? 80lb or something thick enough.

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 I find mono better off the

Thu, 2018-04-12 13:58

 I find mono better off the beach - seaweed and braid do not mix! 

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Thu, 2018-04-12 14:06

Mono with braid backing, best of both worlds other than casting distance but hey, you can't have it all!

There's a few LBG blokes on here who probably know better than most so I'd take their word.


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 Tried and tested both for a

Thu, 2018-04-12 14:19

 Tried and tested both for a while and I fish braid on my beach spinning outfits with a 5-10m wind on leader of 80lb mono.

Bear in mind that if you do switch to mono you'll lose a fair chunk of distanc eon your casts, wont have the sensitivity and feel of braid, and you'll need to use a bigger sinker in rough/windy conditions as the thicker mono creates more drag in the water and wind


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 Thanks to all for your

Thu, 2018-04-12 22:13

 Thanks to all for your input.  Some 33 lb Sufix Siege is on it's way now.

Hopefully this stops the issues.