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The old which braid question

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Been trying a few different braids over the last few years as I am looking for a braid that will do it all and I have not been happy with any.
Tried so far :
J-braid grand 22lb liked it but it started to lose its strength after a few months and became weak

Sufix 131 20lb I found sank too quick in strong tide and affected top water lures

sufix 131 18lb very thin great for top water and casts extremely well but not very durable in the rough stuff

Savage gear silencer 20lb I got winds knots regularly so I binned it pretty quickly

Majorcraft Dangan X8 20lb which I really liked floats nice with top water lures and casts well but snapped twice on me where my finger holds the braid on the cast. I lost 2 big patches which hurts, so I took note of this and it did start to fluff up on my casting finger. I guess I must have rough hands

I know it sounds like I have gone through a lot of braid but I have several reels I use and a spare spool. At the moment I have the 2 sufix 131 and the dangan loaded on reels. So I am looking for a durable braid which casts well isn't like a rope and doesn't sink like the 20lb 131.
Where I live I have every type of coast to fish from, rough boulders to sandy and mixed beaches and large rock ledges. Any input with what you guys are using and are happy with would be much appreciated thank you. I am tempted by ygk x-braid x8 upgrade.
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First use was good but after that I soon noticed the colour fading and the breaking point reducing. Given most of my fishing is targeting species above line strength I buy, it simply wasn't acceptable.

Often you will find those stating they have not had any issues with it are using heavier line such as 20lb to target bass where even an exceptional specimen would be 10lb. Unlike the UK where a decent sized bass is far from common, here its almost guaranteed to catch fish after fish in the 4-8kg size from the shore. So testing any line or tackle soon finds faults, not to mention most of these species targeted are fast hard fighting pelagic's.

Unfortunately posting these facts on here soon turns people defensive on the line they have but the fact is that the fish are here in numbers so testing any part of a tackle setup can be done in a short period which could take a lifetime to do back home.
Agreed, UK bass will never truly test the 20lb braid I use, but you get to know the dud ones when you have to pull for a break, which is quite often on my marks. I'm happy with my 131, and don't want to keep trying other, equally expensive braids. Before you know it you've spent more than a top end rod.
Definitely worth buying a top quality braid though, cheaper in the long run and the performance is far superior.
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