How to Select a Fishing Line?

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Line selection

Four parameters must be taken in consideration when choosing a fishing line: stretch, linear tensile strength and strength on the knot, limpness and co lour.

Braided or monofilament?

Braided lines have virtually no stretching capacity. On one hand, this has the great advantage. When you are fishing at greater depths you always maintain direct contact with the bait. On the other hand, when you are fishing with the light power rods you must adjust the drag more softly than when using monofilament lines of the same breaking strength. Braded lines are 3 – 4 times stronger than monofilament lines of the same diameter. They are perfect for sea and surf fishing. If you use braided line for stripers, keep in mind that these super lines have almost zero stretch; you'll need to compensate by using softer-action rods than you'd normally use with mono.

Monofilament lines have possibility to be stretched and this is not so bad, if it small enough. Stretching of the line provides an extra cushion in fighting with the fish. Modern technologies make available to produce monofilament lines with little stretch. Berkley and Ande lines are perfect samples.

Linear tensile strength and strength on the knot
Usually line breaks at the knot. The strength of the knotted line is decreased. The reason is folding damages of the outside molecular level,


Limp line does not form stiff coils that rub the guides. A stiff line has a harder finish and is not so vulnerable when fishing in weeds or rocks that scuff the line.

Co lour

Most of anglers use clear, silver or green line when fishing in clear water.


Lure selection

Popping plugs or surface lures are most effective during low light conditions such as dawn or dusk.
Metal lures, such as Kastmasters or Hopkins are best during bright sunlight conditions.
Swimming lures, both shallow swimmers and deep divers work best during the day when fish are less likely to come to the surface to feed and at night when they are close to the bottom and less active.
Bucktail Jigs and eel lures like the sluggo and tube and worm take fish during both day and night. These should be worked along the bottom at an extremely slow retrieve even better when a piece of pork rind or squid strip is added to the hook.


Microfilament Fishing Line - Moss Green 50lb. Test - 500 Yard Spool
Microfilament Fishing Line - Moss Green 50lb. Test - 500 Yard Spool



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