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Fishing Line What’s the Best Choice

By Kastking | 07 September 2018 | 0 Comments

Fishing line selection for the novice angler can be confusing. This article un-blurs the lines.



With so many different kinds of fishing line out there today, it can be tough to know which line is best for which fishing  techniques.  There are braids, monofilaments, fluorocarbons, and copolymers all in different weights and colors.  Some lines stretch, some float, and some sink.  So, how is an angler supposed to choose line for his or her reels?



While these choices can seem confusing at first, there are some fairly simple things to keep in mind when choosing fishing line.  Take monofilament for example.  Mono has some stretch to it, making it great for light line techniques.  Many anglers choose monofilament line when drop-shotting, for example.  Because the hook is so small, it would be easy for the angler to set the hook so hard that it actually pulls out of the fish’s mouth.  It’s also a good choice for fishing crankbaits that have small treble hooks for the same reason.  Mono floats, so it’s perfect for top water baits, too.  The profile of this type of line, depending on the size line (or pound-rating) is less than a braid would be, and is often used for finesse techniques when fish are more finicky.




Braid line is great for fishing in heavy cover.  In fact, it’s really the only fishing line to use around heavy cover.  It will cut right through grass, which can help you pull big fish out of your favorite grass beds.  It floats, which makes it great for fishing a floating frog and doing other “slop” fishing.  Braid has no stretch.  This means that if you need a hard hook set and need to get the fish coming toward you as quickly as possible, you’ll want to be using braid.  For instance, if you are fishing in laydowns and other wood cover, or fishing heavy soft plastics around docks and boat lifts, braid is a good choice.   It will help you get a strong hook set and get the fish coming toward you rather than allowing stretch where a fish can turn the other way and get you snagged around the bushes or laydowns you’re fishing.   Especially when using heavy soft plastics, you will need a strong hook set.  The lack of stretch helps give you the strength to get that bulky soft plastic out of the way and get the hook into the fish.  The diameter of braid is much smaller than mono, also, allowing you to use a much heavier line and still be able to spool enough of it onto your reels.


Fluorocarbon is fairly new to the scene, but has been readily adopted by many anglers.  To be honest, it has terrible line memory, and may not be the best choice for a novice angler.  However, for those who are willing to learn to work with it, there are some benefits.  Fluorocarbon sinks, which can help the angler get crankbaits down deeper in the water column and tick off any bottom structure that is on the bottom.  It is also said to be virtually invisible in the water.  Obviously, this is great for situations where the fish are finicky or skittish.   Many anglers who fish lakes and reservoirs that are heavily pressured swear by fluoro line because of its invisibility.  It also has less stretch than mono, which can be very helpful in some situations.  To get around the issue of the line memory, some novice and intermediate anglers (and even more experienced anglers) use a fluorocarbon leader.  This allows them to get all of the benefits of fluoro without having to worry about coiling and backlash.


So, depending on the type of fishing you will be doing, and the mood and attitude of the fish, you have several good choices of fishing line on the market today.  Mono, Braid, and Fluoro  fishing line all have their place.  An angler simply needs to think about what types of lures he or she will be fishing, what type of structure is present, and how heavily pressured the fish are on any given body of water.  Keep these tips in mind and you should have no problem selecting the proper line for any fishing application.


By — Beckie Joki

Beckie Joki is a freelance writer and tournament bass angler in Wisconsin.  She has been freelance writing for several years and fishing since she was a kid.  While bass fishing is her primary focus now, she has fished for many freshwater species over the years.  She is the vice president of her local club, The Hodag Bassmasters, fishes a team trail, the Central Wisconsin River Series, and fishes with the Park City Bass Anglers, a TBF-affiliated club in Wisconsin as well as fishing any open tournaments  that will fit into her schedule.  She enjoys the chance to combine her love of the outdoors with her freelance writing any time she can.


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