I hear ya thats why i put 50 and above..i mostly run 50lb test braided dacron, but have two reels(Quantum 430cx) that i use during certain times of the year when needed, that have 80lb test braided dacron on them.
ShoreBoundOne & catslayer, line size is going to depend upon where you fish & how you fish. Off the bank in the Ohio River 20# is usually fine, from a boat, it's plenty good too. I've gone to 25 & 30# line because we are on a quest to break the IN & KY state record bluecat of 104# caught in 1999.
Fishing high snag areas in smaller rivers, creeks, you probably would want to go with 30# min. up to 50#
Current is going to factor into it also, alot of current in the rocks is going to beat & weaken your line too. That's an advantage fishing from the boat, the line isn't in the rocks as bad.
I spool my reels with 17-20 pound test SuperTough Stren for flatheads. Looks like I'm the "black sheep" of this thread so far, but everybody uses what they feel comfortable with--line wise, terminal tackle, plus rods and reels.
I never went above 20# line until I began catching bigger fish. Before that I wasn't worried. Also the heavier line is much harder to break on a snag, but I get more of them back, as I guess I'm moving the rocks. I know I was sure glad I had fresh 30# line when I hit my biggest fish ever. I probably still would've landed it on 20# test, but I was alot more relaxed knowing I had just spooled it up the night before. If I knew I wasn't going to tangle with fish over 40# I would stay with the 20#. Never had a problem with it breaking off on a fish. It's mostly peer pressure that got me to switch to heavier line.
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