Monofilament, braided, and fluorocarbon – seasoned anglers are well acquainted with these three fishing lines, but amateurs may be a little confused. It can be argued that fishing line is the most crucial piece of equipment on the water. Otherwise, how else are you going to reel in your next trophy? Fishing line can mean all the difference between great success and utter humiliation. Each of these three has its uses, which we explain below.
Most commonly, you will find that anglers use monofilament fishing lines to spool their reels. It’s no surprise, either – mono fishing lines boast high strength, low cost, and versatility that makes it the optimal choice for a majority of anglers. Mono fishing lines are made of a single, durable strand of nylon, hence the name. That nylon monofilament is then wrapped with an even stronger polyethylene coating. Mono fishing lines have a natural stretch to them, which can be ideal for certain fishing presentations. Pros of mono fishing lines include:
Next time you go fishing with a mono line, keep in mind that crankbaits, spinnerbaits, swimbaits, and jerkbaits work best.
This relatively new iteration of fishing line is gaining popularity, and it’s easy to see why. Fluorocarbon was created to mimic the look and feel of monofilament. However, where they differ is that fluorocarbon fishing lines have very little stretch, naturally sink, and are nearly invisible under water. These attributes make fluorocarbon fishing lines your best bet when tossing a line in clear water or when using diving lures. Other pros of fluorocarbon lines include:
Fluorocarbon fishing lines work best with deep diving crankbaits, jigs, plastic worms, and creature baits, among others. If you want to reel in those bottom dwellers, this is your go-to.
As the name suggests, braided fishing lines consist of multiple fibers that are woven together to yield a single fishing line. The braided pattern of these fibers, as well as its outer wrapping, boasts incredible tensile strength. Plus, the core of the line adds an element of flexibility. Braided lines are tough, and they will stay in one piece whenever you need to fight a bass in heavy cover. However, it’s important to choose a braided line with a round diameter. Braids designed with rough or square edges can hurt your fishing rod guides due to its incredible strength. These pros set braided fishing lines apart from its cousins:
We recommend using topwater lures, buzzbaits, plastic frogs, lipless crankbaits, or swimming jigs with your braided fishing line.
When it comes to fishing lines, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. You should first consider which fish you’d like to reel in and where you’re angling. Both these factors can guide you towards making the right decision. Once your reel is spooled and you’ve got all your favorite lures, then it’s time to hit the water in a Blazer Boat! We build high performance boats for high performance anglers so you can get out there and experience fishing just like the pros do. Contact Blazer Boats today to learn more!