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Old 03-05-2016, 09:36
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Historically I've always used Maxima Chameleon as mainline in heavier breaking strains (7lb and above) and never had any problems, but I've read far too many comments that have questioned its consistency in recent years, which has put some doubt in my own mind. And, I must admit, the relatively high memory was getting on my nuts a bit as well.

So, I'm looking to try something else and, for similar money and general reviews, Big Game seems to be the front runner (please note I have...a history with Daiwa Sensor). But I do have one question - many people comment about how large the diameter is when compared with other brands, but is that just down to Berkley understating the actual breaking strain (i.e. the 8lb is actually 10lb, the 10lb 12lb, etc), or is it actually thick for what it is? I can handle the former, but if it's the latter I'll need some convincing...

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Old 03-05-2016, 16:47
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Steve, ive not tried the berkley, but like you, i either used the maxima ( in the lower strengths ) or diawa sensor in the higher. Ive now switched to the new Diawa "Hyper" Sensor. Its thinner and smoother than the old stuff, used it a couple of times before the season ended, seems good.
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Old 03-05-2016, 19:36
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You'll get a multitude of answers on this which indicates mono is fairy good all round these days. I use Fox Camo in 10 and 13lb it's strong supple and it meets my requirements.
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Old 04-05-2016, 16:59
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Steve,
Good stuff is Big Game and not too expensive. It's been recommended on here before that you buy the American made line and not the Japanese. I buy from these people who assured me that all theirs is Americal made stock. Fishing Tackle Online - PowerPro Braid and Rapala Digital Scales
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Old 04-05-2016, 20:08
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Big Game in 10lb and 12lb has been my line of choice for many years now. OK it's thick for stated strength compared to most other lines but I've always found it to be bombproof. I top up my stocks when on vacation in Florida, pretty sure that's American made stuff!
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Old 05-05-2016, 09:41
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Thanks guys.

Unfortunately NONE of the tackle shops near me sell Big Game, so it's the interwebs. I notice that several eBay shops specifically state theirs as American made. Happily, most of them seem to be brick and mortar tackle shops with an eBay presence, so I'm getting a good price AND still supporting the shops (and, hopefully, they're also speaking the truth about it being American).

Bill - am already aware of that place from other posts you've made, so they'll definitely be in the consideration.

Steve - I'm aiming to get it in 8, 10 and 12. I've had a closer look at the stated diameters and, actually, they don't seem too bad. In fact they seem to have a slightly smaller diameter than a lot of other specimen monos. So are the stated diameters not 100% precise, or are we literally just talking about the lower diameter lines being the ones?
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Old 05-05-2016, 11:12
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I've used Berkley Big Game for quite a few years now and it has never let me down. As others have stated it is reasonably priced and just make sure you get the US made line.
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Old 05-05-2016, 12:37
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Steve,
I've just had a squint at the labels on 8lb & 10lb that I have, being American they give the average diameter in inches rather than mm but with the help of an online converter the 8 is coming in at just under .28mm and the 10 at about .305mm. I've then looked at the Tackle Box line test and they've measured 10lb Green at .30mm with a breaking strain of 13.8lb. (they don't give measurements for 8lb BS). Have got to agree with you that the measurements are pretty good and about what I would expect. I do know that when I have had to pull for a break 10lb takes some breaking and has taken a fair bit of stick on my local Medway (some swims are harder on line than others) and also rivers like the Wye and Trent. I definately would recommend it to you.
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Old 05-05-2016, 12:59
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Thanks Bill.

So it does sound like the breaking strains are understated. That's fine. It also means that the diameters are pretty good when compared with other lines that have more accurate breaking strains.

Happy the man - Big Game it is.
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Old 05-05-2016, 15:26
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Big Game is a tried and tested line, I know lots of very good anglers who swear by it and use little else. It's not my first choice, but like so much tackle its all down to personal taste.

I use GR60 clear in 12lb for almost all of my barbel (and carp) fishing. Pro-Gold and Pro-Clear for tench / bream / chub etc.

The tackle box tests that Bill mentions is a very useful guide: http://www.tacklebox.co.uk/pdfs/line_tests_issue3c.pdf
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