Choosing right line very important

May 25, 2013

It is absolutely amazing how many different fishing lines are currently available on the market.

Every time I turn around there is something new out there and I am trying some different types right now.

Will all these specialized types of line help me catch fish?

I have not tried everything myself, but I can share some experience that I have and I can also share some viewpoints from other local bass and striper anglers. I usually stick to a proven line or two, but on occasion I will spool up a pole with something new.

The latest line on the market is put out by Berkeley and it’s called Uni-filament line, or the name brand is Nano-fil. It is not a braid and it is not a monofilament. It has the sensitivity and strength of a superline and is “silky” smooth, which allows it to be casted farther than any other line. The vote is still out on this line.

Bass and striper anglers will generally have applications for light and heavier lines. Generally, the heavier monofilament lines (17-25-pound test) are preferred by bass anglers as most are fishing locations that are near or in heavy cover. Most have gone to a braided-type line as they have a small diameter with high test, but typically need mono backing on the reel and leader material.

If you are fishing clear water and you need to get deeper with a diving plug, you may want a lighter test line to get the depth you need. If you are fishing during a finicky bite or the fish in the area are smaller, you may want to down size the line to get the bite. It is a good idea to keep a few rods with different type lines ready for different fishing conditions.

I generally run 15-20-pound test main lines and use a fluorocarbon leader with a smaller test for most of my striper/hybrid fishing locally. Most of my fishing is in open water, so you can use lighter lines if you ensure your drag is set correctly.

Monofilament line is the most popular, and I am told this line has been around since 1958. There have been a lot of improvements in recent years by all manufacturers. The newer lines are stronger, smaller and have less stretch.

Fluorocarbon lines have improved drastically as well. I am a believer in fluorocarbon lines. These lines are virtually invisible in the water and they do make a difference in clear water applications. The strength of fluorocarbon does not change when it gets wet and it sinks.

Monofilament lines have less strength when in the water as the line actually absorbs water. The sunlight (Ultraviolet rays) will degrade the mono pretty quickly if left out. Monofilament is the least expensive type of line and it works just fine. I use a good monofilament (Berkley Big Game, Stren and recently Suffix clear) as my main line.

Fluorocarbon and braided lines generally do cost more hence the use of leaders and mono backing. No use using these more expensive lines to spool the entire reel.

Braided lines are still popular, but there are some negative sides to these lines. These braided lines are strong and have little stretch but they generally have aging problems as well. You should retie frequently.

Another negative you hear is that they are so strong that they will wear out your guides and in some cases your reel. You should make sure your guides are designed to use braid. Knots are a different game with braid and you may need some super glue to prevent fraying.

Braided lines float as well, and many complain of tangles on top water lures. Some of newer braided lines have outer coatings that perform better and are less impactive to your equipment. If, however, you want a line to bring in the fish to the boat through almost anything, this is the line for you.

I have not personally used the new Uni-filament type of line with the silk finish, but there are pros and cons to that new line as well. You might want to look on line for pros and cons.

Best advice is to keep your line fresh and check it frequently. Whatever line you choose, lets hope you can take some time out to wet it.


Water temperatures have risen to the middle 70s. Granbury is 7 feet low and falling.

Granbury sand bass fishing continues to be phenomenal all over the lake. Black bass and crappie catches continue to be good as well. Stripers are slow.

Squaw Creek fishing for blacks continue to be good, but the bigger fish have been elusive. Water temperatures are rising quickly. Tilapia catches continue to be made using cast nets near the docks on Squaw Creek. These fish are an invasive species but are great to eat.

Proctor sand bass and hybrids are good on live shad and crank baits. Bridgeport hybrids and sand bass continue to be great on live bait and sassy shads near the bubblers at the old dam. Morning bird action can still happen between lower unit point and the spillway.

Benbrook hybrids and sand bass are reported to be good as well on live shad. Whitney and Possum Kingdom sand bass are good on slabs and live bait.

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