What lines are best suited when fishing for bass?

Choosing the optimal type of line is a subtlety not many anglers are accustomed with. Normally, you know what size you can use depending on your rod, but that is not enough to know what the best line for bass and conditions is. As with many other pieces of fishing equipment, you have multiple choices and it all goes down to the one you feel most at ease with. Personally, I don’t use a type in particular, but I adapt the line to the fishing conditions in which I find myself.

As you know, the most commonly used lines are braid, monofilament and, the newest entry, fluorocarbon. All of them behave admirably if you know where and how to use them.

Let’s start with fluorocarbon. This line has the great advantage of being highly-reflective which renders it quasi-invisible in water. Its main composing element is Polyvinylidene fluoride, a material that makes this particular type abrasion resistant and water repellant: two incredibly valuable characteristics in a fishing line, especially if you want to use it for a longer period of time.

Monofilament is older than the first type described here, and it is made from a single nylon fiber. Though it looks almost like fluorocarbon, this one is denser, thus not as reflective as the first one, which makes it more visible in water. However, if you’re fishing in unclear, murky waters, it won’t make much of a difference. In addition, manufacturers have lately combined this with other polymers, to render it more transparent.

Braided lines are the oldest fishing lines in the industry. Despite its old age, braid is still one of the top choices for many anglers. It is a highly durable material and it has no stretch at all, which helps you cast great distances with accuracy. As the name implies it, the line is made with braided strands of fabric.The latest engineering technologies maintained the popularity of this line and have endowed it with amazing resistance to abrasion, while conferring it a small diameter. However, braid comes with the disadvantages of being the most opaque of the three types and it is also prone to tangling, especially the lighter types.

It is obvious that each one of them has its advantages and drawbacks and their use is influenced by several factors. A determinant one is the type of bait you use with the line. Heavier baits, such as frogs make good team with braided lines, but there are those that can be teamed up with all line varieties. If you enjoy using spinner baits when fishing for bass, you must definitely go for monofilament or fluorocarbon, because they are less visible in water. However, there are many types of bait that you can match with different sorts of line.

A major factor that you must take into consideration when fishing for bass is its behavior. Because this fish tends to put up a good fight, you might want a more rigid line, like braid, that gives you more control over the fish, but, as I said, there’s no ideal line and choosing the most suitable one depends entirely on you.

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