just like the many old schoolers that wont touch braid....because it doesn't work for them.
Old school is a releative term
Braided fishing lines predate mono by 50 years.
The reason there are so many tackle choices is because
one type of line/rigging options doesn't cover all styles of fishing
Personally I run dacron braid which is ancient technology
but it fits our techniques. It is the best available option
for our type of fishing. I do not recommend it for most folks
because of it's many and chronic problems.
I posted this pic for the "old schoolers" that won't touch braid
Also the type of mono used makes a little difference. Mono lines
seem to run from 12-20% stretch depending on the hardners
used to make the line. Softer lines like XL have more stretch
than harder lines like XT.
Normally a sunken line is draped across bottom, possibly over
rocks or brush, and has a bit of slack in it. A mono line casted
50 feet may have up to 10 feet of stretch before the full power
of your hook is delivered. If you have a fish swimming sideways
or toward you, you must add this into the amount of line you
must retrieve on a hook set.
Many of these factors would still apply when using braid. With a
7 foot rod you will probably only get 10 feet of line taken up on
a wide hookset.
With my big baits I will often (this time of year) have channel
cats grab flathead baits sideways and swim away. I occasionally
hook them on the outside of the mouth (where the hook was
when I set). I normally know a channel cat run from a flathead
run and I live with the fact that the aggressive prespawn channel
are going to take some of my baits.
I also know that flathead are going to completely engulf a bait
and clamp down to prevent it from escaping their mouth/stomach.
I have seen some guys reel a flathead several yards before thinking
they forgot to set the hook.
There are tons of reasons why we miss fish and although it is
frustrating we have to learn to adapt or get over it or we might
as well be limblining