“This time of year I will downsize my line because I’m usually downsizing my baits,” Sheppard said. “I want the bait to be real natural, and smaller baits are easier to throw on lighter line.”
Personally, I often revert back to 4-pound mono this time of year. Fluoro is obviously fine too, I just have more luck with 4-pound mono on my spinning setups. I can do a little more with my mono rods as well than I can with braid like shoot with them. So I always have a couple in the boat. But a 1/16-ounce jig throws awesome on Jenko Trick Stick Light or new X-Series spinning rod with 1000 or 2000 size spinning reel and 4-pound monofilament.
I still use my 8 or 10-pound braid with 6-pound fluoro leader rods as well and want to if I can get away with it. But if I see fish on my graph not reacting, I will put the braid down and pick up the mono rod. It has helped me get a bunch more summer crappie more times than I can count.