The angler has many choices when it comes to bass fishing line. The list compiled here is the best place to start your understanding of the 4 main types of fishing line. Your decision on which one will depend on many variables including the areas you will fish, the water clarity, and your budget.
Monofilament Bass Fishing Line
Monofilament fishing line is made from a single fiber of plastic. The diameter of this fishing line determines its tensile strength. The tensile strength is referred to as tests because of the process used in tensile testing. It is manufactured in many colors including clear, white, green, blue, red and flourescent.
The main benefit is the cost. Most of the fishing line made today is monofilament because it is so cheap to produce. It is also stretches and is pretty clear in the water. The main disadvantage is its not abrasive resistant. It also has memory which can make fishing from a spinning reel difficult at times.
Overall, monofilament is the most readily available fishing line on the market. It is probably the first fishing line you will purchase and use.
Fluorocarbon Bass Fishing Line
Fluorocarbon line is very similar to monofilament. Some anglers believe that fluorocarbon is better than monofilament bass fishing line because it doesn’t stretch. This however is simply not the case. Fluorocarbon does in fact stretch but it takes more force to get it to stretch. The tightly packed molecules in the fluorocarbon create a stronger plastic.
Underwater visibility is fluorocarbon’s greatest advantage. It is nearly invisible, making it great for fishing in clear water as a main line or even a leader. The invisibility is due to its ability to refract light. The low visibility allows angler to use higher test line which leads to greater abrasion resistance. This is ideal for the bass angler targeting fish in heavy cover. The tighter packed molecules also have another advantage, higher sensitivity. The higher sensitivity allows the angler to get great feel when using this line. The bass angler can literally feel the bottom of the body of water, almost mapping the area he or she is fishing. Fluorocarbon fishing line doesn’t absorb water. It also sinks faster than monofilament.
The main disadvantage is that it has more memory than monofilament or braided line. Because it sinks faster, it isn’t ideal for using topwater bass fishing lures. You must also remember to wet your knot when tying this line onto your bass fishing lure.
Fluorocarbon bass fishing line is a great choice in many bass fishing applications. It is great in clear water due to the low visibility. Remember that you don’t want to use when fishing topwater lures, because it sinks fast.
Braided Bass Fishing Line
Braided bass fishing line is a great choice when fishing heavy cover. It is great for your main line in every fishing situation. These fishing lines are still readily available anywhere you buy your fishing line. It is many single strands woven together which improves the overall strength.
Braided line has high knot strength, doesn’t stretch much, and provides great overall power in relation to the overall diameter of the line. It also has great abrasion resistance. The bass angler needs not worry about the amount of line that will fit on the spool either due to the low diameter with higher tests. You can buy many colors and the high visibility of some colors make it very easy to see against the water.
The main drawback is the high visibility in the water. If you are planning to fish clear water, you must attach a clear leader to lower you lines visibility. It is also more expensive compared to other types of bass fishing line.
Braided line is a great option for fishing heavy cover. You must remember that due to the lack of stretch the braided line is difficult to knot properly. You need to practice tying the Palomar knot to ensure it is tight. If you use baitcasting bass fishing reels then you are probably very familiar with braided fishing line.
Copolymer Bass Fishing Line
The greatest advantage with copolymer line is its elasticity. The characteristic aids in the hookset and makes it easier for the angler to make accurate casts. If using jigs, the copolymer fishing line allows the lure to act more natural in the water. When compared to monofilament bass fishing line, it has less memory. Copolymer fishing lines also have greater abrasion resistance characteristics in relation to monofilament.
This fishing line is thicker in diameter which makes it more visible in clear water. It also costs slightly more than monofilament lines.
Copolymer bass fishing line is a great choice for the bass angler in certain situation. It is the newest line to hit the market. It may not already be in your tackle box but give it a shot and you will not be disappointed.