Berkley Trilene Big Game Line - 1/4-lb. Spools
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Whether it's a bottom fish that wants to stay deep or a flats tarpon that's headed for the moon, Berkley® Trilene® Big Game® is the monofilament line that takes on all comers. Trilene Big Game has the strength and toughness to stand up to the challenge. High-impact performance handles the shock and fatigue encountered when fighting big fish. Extra tough, abrasion-resistant formulation stands up to the cuts and scrapes of full-contact fishing.
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You can use 15-20 lbs test. but with soft plastics a lighter line, in my view, puts out a better presentation.
Is your reel rated for the heavier 15 to 20 lbs test line?
Reason I ask, Set up your rod and reel as a unit. 8LB line on 8LB reel, on 8-12LB rod. Look at your setup, they should match in capability. Then pick a good quality line, spool up and go.
As to your question, as a general rule, Reds in salt water ( inland waters ), I used to use 20 pound test on a heavy rod off the boat. Trout in inland fresh water lakes, 6-8 pound test is fine off a spinning reel, with 14 pound test off a baitcaster.
Just make sure your tools are a matched set, the rest will fall in place thru carefull planning. Gene