Why do sea anglers use braided line? Well the main reason is, the diameter is much smaller and this aids in cutting through the water (strong tides and deep water). Another advantage is the bite indication (due to low stretch), and hooking capabilities is far superior to nylon. It is possible to fish 60-80 lb braid without a shock leader, but always ensure hook lengths are lighter. If you do get a snag, point your rod to the snag, so when pulling it out, you do not put extra pressure on your rod. Always best to use a Breakaway Cannon when casting using a fixed spool.