In bass fishing, there are three main types of line, and they will cover everything you’ll be faced with on the water. Braid,  fluorocarbon,   and monofilament are the big three, and each has its place in bass fishing.  Let’s look at the uses of the three and how they are different.

There are many reasons why so many anglers trust braided line. It is very strong with a small diameter, and it also casts and handles very well on both baitcast and spinning gear.

Pros are big fans of braid by itself on baitcast gear and for using braided line with a fluorocarbon leader on spinning gear.
Pro: “There is no stretch to it and you get better hook sets. “Drop-shot, tubes, shakey heads, and all of the finesse techniques are perfect for braid to fluorocarbon.”

15 or 20-pound Seaguar Smackdown braid in the high visibility Flash Green color and you can pair it with a Seaguar AbrazX or Tatsu leader. One adjustment to make is to vary your leader pound test based on where you are fishing.

Rule of thumb, go with lightest pound test you can get away, but not too light where you can’t get fish in. 8 and 10-pound may be preferred the most, but if you are fishing a shakey head around cover, you may switch to a 12-pound leader.”

Another prime situation for braided line is for topwater lures and also when fishing around thick vegetation.

Use braid for topwater frogs, buzzbaits, and walking baits. You can throw them further, and with sharp hooks and no stretch from the braid, you get a great hookset..
Miss setting the hook; Keep the same cadence and rhythm, and there is a good chance the bass will circle back and get it.

FLUOROCARBON:                                                                                                                            Over the past 10 years, fluorocarbon use has exploded as anglers learned the benefits of using this type of line. It is virtually invisible underwater, it sinks, and it offers more sensitivity than monofilament. These properties make it an excellent choice for a fishing line.

It’s versatile; Use fluorocarbon for flipping, pitching, cranking, and basically everything except topwater fishing. One great thing on fluorocarbon is the durability; it lasts and lasts and also has minimal stretch. You have many choices when it comes to fluorocarbon line.

Two common gripes with fluorocarbon are the price and knot tying, but there are reasonable answers to both of those.

Yes, Some people complain about the price of fluorocarbon, but the line you can use is Seaguar because it has price points for all ranges from Red Label to Tatsu. So, get what you can afford.

When it comes to knots, you can tie a “Palomar Knot” for fluorocarbon, it is simple, and you can tie it quickly. Always, always make sure your line is wet before you cinch it. That’s where the friction starts and where knot failures happen.

Lets look at the many variables for selecting the right line size. Everything from fish size, cover, and fishing pressure changes how you may choose the proper pound test.

One all around size, if you had to choose; would be 15-pound test. However, 12, 15, and 17-pound will cover most situations also.

Both Braid or Fluorocarbon are good for Flipping and Pitching
These two techniques can be done with both braid and fluorocarbon. You may prefer fluorocarbon.

Flipping and pitching is a favorite style of fishing, and will be productive picking the right situations. When fishing Places like Florida and Texas with big bass and heavy cover heavy-pound Seaguar Flippin’ braid is probably best.

On the Flip side: you will probably get more bites with fluorocarbon because it doesn’t make a sound and is less visible. The all around best to use is Seaguar’s Flippin’ Fluorocarbon that comes in sizes up to 30-pound test.

KEY POINT: Seaguar has a smaller diameter for the strength compared to other lines, so the 30-pound is very close in diameter to the 20-pound from other brands. This allows the bait to cut through the water better and you also get more action from your bait because of the smaller diameter.

Monofilament Line                                                 Monofilament with Fluorocarbon coating

Monofilament or simply “mono” is the line many anglers started fishing with. It is the least expensive of the three but lacks in some areas that braided line and fluorocarbon excel.

Many Pro anglers are using it less and less.

Many Pros limit the use of mono for topwater poppers. “When fishing a popper it is usually short casts, and you are fishing it slower, so mono may be your best choice.

PRO: Since it floats it serves as a good line for any topwater bait or shallow running crankbaits and wake baits. Some anglers also prefer it for cold-water crankbait fishing, and it also works great as a leader for Carolina-Rigs and as a leader for topwater fishing.

Choosing the right line comes down to many variables. The lure you tie on, where you are fishing, and how the fish are acting all play a role in the decision process. By following the advice of professionals, you can choose the right line like a pro.

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