It doesn’t matter how quality of a fishing rod you have, it could be the most sensitive rod out there, if you aren’t using a good fishing line for the technique you are employing to catch fish, you are putting yourself at risk for having a less than average day on the water.
Your fishing line is the connection between you and your next fishing memory or possible trophy catch. Using the correct fishing line will ensure several things; first bait performance, second solid hook sets, third feeling the bite and lastly landing the fish.
Monofilament fishing lines is what we all began using as anglers when we were at a young age and why not, it is not very expensive and casts well. Well now a days the applications in which I rely on mono is limited to fishing my topwater plugs on Seaguar Senshi in 15 lb. test and an occasionally shallow running crankbait on that same line.
- Mono floats, good choice for topwaters
- Good amount of stretch, so when fishing baits with treble hooks the hooks won’t pull out of the fish’s mouth
One of the most popular types of fishing lines on the market today is Fluorocarbon. When I’m using techniques that require solid hook sets and high abrasion resistance, this includes flipping around docks, wood or rocks I’ll typically use 20 lb. test, compared to 15 lb. test when I’m dragging a Carolina-rig or football head jig.
- Fluorocarbon line sinks, able to achieve greater running depths with my crankbaits
- Not visible in clear water
- Low stretch, meaning when you set the hook, it is going to drive the hook into a fish’s mouth
- Very abrasion resistant line and can be fished around heavy cover
For a few years, braided line was the end all be all fishing line for some anglers, they loved the idea that you could use 8 lb. test line, but it would only have the diameter of 2 lb. fishing line. This is one of the primary facets of why anglers use braided line. The two other key reasons on why, including myself spool braided line, like Seaguar Kanzen braided line is when I’m swimming or flipping a jig around heavy cover.
- No stretch, get fish out of heavy cover
- Abrasion resistance is high
- Cuts through heavy vegetation
So when putting fishing line on your reel be sure to evaluate what presentation you are going to be using, what the cover is and what the water clarity is. By asking yourself these questions, you will be sure to select the correct fishing line and have a great day on the water.
Glenn has been fishing tournaments for over ten years, spreading his passion and knowledge of the sport via articles and videos, for more information check out glennwalkerfishing.com or on his Facebook page,