For anglers, their bass fishing line serves as the most crucial link between them and the bass. This is why it is critical that you know more about fishing line so that you will be more prepared in addressing the conditions that you will face when looking for and catching bass.
So far, there are three basic types of fishing line as far as bass fishing is concerned namely braided, fluorocarbon and monofilament fishing line. Each of them has properties and qualities that can make them very useful for various situations. However, every one of them also has potential drawbacks which can affect their effectiveness in certain circumstances. More than understanding the line diameter, knowledge of the abrasion and stretch resistance and pound test can significantly help you in understanding the particular line that you have to choose and why.
Three Basic Kinds of Fishing Line
- Braided Bass Fishing Line
Essentially, as the name implies, the braid is woven strands of material which form a small diameter, no stretch, and very strong line. The most familiar and original braids have the ability to float. These were usually composed of materials such as linen or cotton. Right now, the braided lines are even more scientifically crafted materials such as Dyneema, Spectra, and Dacron. These fibers that are more carefully and intricately engineered yield strands of woven fibers which do not stretch have an incredible abrasion resistance and tensile strength and very tiny diameters that are about the pound test. This makes them an excellent line for bass fishing around the thick cover wherein you desperately need to fight the bass through or out of a lot of dense wood or vegetation.
On the other hand, the use of braid is not just all about good things. For one, the braid tends to be more visible compared to the other kinds of fishing line. The braid can also dig to itself so much more when wrenching down on the hook set or horsing in a fish that is in thick cover. Aside from these, the braid lines can also be more prone to wind tangles or knots that can catch the guides that you use in tinier diameters.
But in spite of these all, the braided fishing line has easily become a staple for fishing the top water lures, fishing around grass as well as fishing the finesse gear on the spinning tackle that has fluorocarbon leaders. The braid can also resist the line twists so much better on the spinning gear as compared to the other two types of lines. You can also wind the braid tighter on the spool for reducing digging, and the braid can surely give a lure more casting distance in as good as line diameters.
Many of the anglers prefer heavier braid such as 65 to 80-pound sizes for the fishing thick cover that has soft plastic or hollow bodied frogs or punching through the matted vegetation that has soft plastic craws or big weights, beavers and creatures.
Even though the 10 to 20-pound sizes are more appropriate for drop shot and spinning gear as well as shaky head presentations. The 30 to 40-pound braid are great for swim baits, top waters and swim jigs.
The polyvinylidene fluoride or fluorocarbon bears some similarity with monofilament, but it has the first property which separates these two types would like in the refraction and reflection of light. The fluorocarbon is less optically dense that is why it is harder to see under the water. Also, this also has a better resistance to abrasion as compared to monofilament as this does not absorb water over time, unlike the monofilament fishing lines. On top of that, the fluorocarbon is also a bit more rigid which means that it will not stretch in the same way that the monofilament does.
With these, you will know that what you are getting is a line that is harder for the fish to see compared to mono, combined with the improved abrasion resistance that will let you fight fish out of the thick corner and this is also even more sensitive as this is less forgiving as compared to monofilament. This particular type of fishing line can give the anglers an advantage when it comes to tempting the bass into biting artificial lures.
But then again, this has also some drawbacks of its own. For starters, since fluorocarbon is slightly even more rigid than the monofilament lines, this is somewhat less manageable. This will also coil more and will not stay as limp as the monofilament on the retrieves. This can also become more noticeable on the bigger diameter and the pound test lines. It might also be worthy to note that the fluorocarbon can sink while the mono has more neutral buoyancy. The sinking property can make the fluorocarbon can be less desirable for the floating lures such as top water since the sinking line is going to continually pull the nose of the bait down below the water. However, most of the anglers have already migrated from the monofilament lines to the fluorocarbon due to the sensitivity, invisibility as well as the abrasion resistance even though it might mean an additional expense.
Since the fluorocarbon is even more expensive as compared to the monofilament, the anglers are always looking for ways that can make the fluorocarbon last so much longer or use lesser for every reel. Most of the anglers take advantage of the so-called backing or the cheaper line for filling up a spool except for the remaining 60 to 100 yards that will be fluorocarbon. The practice gives you the chance of using less fluorocarbon fishing line, re-spool even more often then make a filler line spool that can last much longer for the same amount of money.
In general, if you will be filling up a reel wit line, you will only use the remaining 60 or so yards of it. This is the reason why it will make more sense if you use backing.
The last but finally not the least type of bass fishing line that you can use is none other than the monofilament, which also happens to be the most common of the three that is employed in the world of fishing for so many years. While it may remain to be that way, it has seen a decline in its popularity due to the innovation of the first two fishing lines mentioned before. The monofilament is a single nylon fiber that is being individually spun or with the rest of the polymers then it is extruded to form nylon line which will be wound to the spool for using on the fishing reels.
The monofilament can also be extruded to various tensile strengths or also called the pound tests that can essentially determine the amount of the pressure wherein the line is going to break. These can also mix in numerous polymers that will give the line refractive properties and color such as the fluorescent for being seen below black light that makes it ideal for night fishing.
The three crucial aspects of the monofilament fishing line include the stretch, diameter and pound test. The pound test coincides with the diameter.
When the pound test is heavier, the line’s diameter will also be larger. When the pound test is smaller, the line’s diameter will also be smaller. This means that an 8-pound test line is going to have a smaller diameter as compared to the 20-pound test monofilament.
What it means to an angler is that the 8-pound line is going to be smaller and so much more manageable on the fishing reel as compared to the 20-pound line. This can also mean that the 8-pound monofilament is going to stretch so much more than the 20-lb mono. It is the reason why if you are fighting with a heavier fish, you are going to get even more control over the fish that has 20-pound line than you will with the 8-pound line. If you have a lighter mono, you are going to play the fish down so much more before you try to land it. If you have a 20-pound mono, you will be able to put even more pressure on the fish with no fear that the line is going to break.
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