There are three types of fishing lines that every angler needs to be sure to carry with them each and every time they hit the water for some good bass fishing. These 3 are the best fishing lines for bass depending on the gear you are using; from the rod to the lure, you will want to carefully consider which of these lines to use. The top three fishing lines that I always have in my tackle box are: braided line, fluorocarbon line, and the classic monofilament line.
Now, in my experience I have learned a few things about when to use each line type, and this is why I am always certain to have plenty of extra line on hand. Let’s take a closer look at each line type, and how you can benefit from them.
There are a multitude of benefits to braided fishing line, and it has been nearly perfected, as it is the oldest type of line. Most of us are familiar with mono line but we will get to more about that shortly. Some of the benefits to using braided line is that while it is relatively small in diameter it is amazingly strong and does not stretch.
When considering downsides, there really are not many. The biggest downfall to braided line is that it is often visible to bass which can deter their “appetites” depending on the water conditions.
Try to carry three line sizes with you. I recommend 10-, 50-, and 65-pound test line, as you will want to change it up depending on your casting rod and tackle types. The heavier pound braid is perfect for using simple worm lures, while the 10-pound test line is better for spinning tackle. Whatever brand you choose, just be sure that the braid is well done; the better the braid, the less likely you will be to lose that big catch!
Over the past several years, fluorocarbon has transitioned from being primarily a material used for leads, into a primary line choice for many. Flourocarbon lines work great when used with spinning or casting reels alike. The biggest benefit to using a fluorocarbon line is that it is basically invisible to the unsuspecting bass. It is refractive just like the water surrounding it which makes it a great line to use during bright days. Fluorocarbon line does have some stretch too it, but you will find that it has less give than a monofilament line.
If you are fishing in tall grass or other heavy cover, you may not want to use a fluorocarbon line. There are not many disadvantages when using this line type, but you will want to avoid floating lures, as fluorocarbon sinks. Keep in mind that this line type is not as durable as some of your other options, but it certainly has its uses!
Depending on your bait and lure choices, you can benefit from having extra fluorocarbon line readily available. I recommend keeping sizes between 6 and 25-pound test line. I also often combine this line with a leader and spinning gear for a great cast.
For more than five decades, anglers have often chosen a monofilament as their line choice. In fact, for a majority of the past monofilament line was basically the only line bass anglers would use. Versatile with some stretchability, this line will float on water, so you can understand why it is often used with floating lures. It is also hardly visible to the prize bass you are looking to hook. As with all line types, there are pros and cons to using a monofilament line but beyond using it with topwater baits, you can also combine it with a variety of effective crankbaits.
The stretch of this line can be a good and a bad thing. This will depend on your lure and bait choices, so keep this in mind when comparing your line options. Although there are not many downsides to monofilament line, you may simply consider another line type because it works out to be more effective than monofilament in those situations.
Knowing these three types of fishing line will allow you to choose the best fishing line for bass fishing. Choosing the best line will allow you to catch more bass and land the trophy you’ve been searching for.