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Fishing Articles by Sam Anderson
Light Weight Light Line
By Sam Anderson
Fishing lines have over the years come in all types of colors, diameter, tensile strength, and lately more highly technical properties. There are braided lines, monofilament lines, super monofilament lines, fusion lines, and lead core lines. These lines come in colors of green, gold, clear, blue, and yellow just to name a few. Some people swear by the line and others swear at the line. Choices, choices! Where will it all end? What is the best line?
Answers to these questions are easy, especially if you think about where you are fishing, what type of species you are fishing and what type of presentation you are going to use.
If I am jigging, I prefer to use a monofilament line that gives me some stretch. The reason for this is that I am directly over the fish when jigging and I want the line to give a little when I make the hookset.
This allows me to get the fish to the surface quickly and by adding stretch to the formula the fish can run and yet not get off because there is no slack in the line. Many fish are lost at the boat, so you want a line that gives you some leeway at the boat and will help the fish to stay hooked. The line that I use is not expensive line; it is simply New Berkley Sensation line. I do want my line to be abrasion resistant especially while jigging in and around rocks. I also want it limp so I can cast it a long way. Berkley has made this possible by using a new technique called a Complex Polymer Alloy, this makes it stronger, and super sensitive. Jigs cast easier, crankbaits go deeper and spinner baits run truer.
In trolling situations I will probably stay with the monofilament line, but I may choose an 8lb. test rather than a 6lb. test. I again like the stretching features of monofilament when trolling. The fish stays hooked longer and I don't have to keep a steady retrieve on the fish. If a person was to use super line or fused line you might be able to feel the strike of the fish sooner, but with no stretch many fish are lost at the boat. That is not to say that when you are trolling you should only use monofilament line. I will periodically use lead core line. I like lead core line because it gets my lures down to the bottom and keeps them in the strike zone longer. I have used lead core on open flats and it works very well. It has a high tensile strength and very low stretch. Keep in mind with the low stretch you have to keep you hand on the rod at all times. When the fish is hooked it is a steady retrieve all the way back to the boat.
If I am fishing for deep walleyes I might use Fusion line or Fireline. It has a low stretch factor, but it has the small diameter with the highest tensile strength. When you catch a five pound bass on these "super" lines it feels like you have a 5 lb. bass in your hands. A word of caution, if you are going to use these lines make sure that your rod can withstand the additional shock to it without causing serious problems in your rod. I know of at least a few anglers who had to replace rods because they blew up their rods on hooksets. In deep jigging situations it is very important to use small diameter line so you get a vertical presentation without a bow in your line. That bow in large diameter line can cause you to lose a fish because of the slack that is in the line. Lightweight light line with high tensile strength is what Fireline or Vanish has to offer.
Braided lines are like the "super" lines. They have been around for a number of years and some people still use them for trolling. Others will use this line for musky fishing. It is high in tensile strength, low stretch, heavy line when it absorbs water, but extremely effective when looking for a monster musky in the 30 lb. class range. I prefer to use a Berkley line that is called Whiplash. Unlike traditional braids, Whiplash is processed into a thinner diameter, making it smother and nonabrasive so it cast further and is easy on ceramic guides and real components.
As far as color is concerned, I use any clear monofilament. I have found that most of the time fish are not concerned about the color of line. Some anglers would rather use a green to mask the presence of line, but I prefer to watch my line above the water and therefore want to see where it is. Colored lines have tendency to fade into the environment and they get pretty hard to see. I would probably error in my favor rather than in trying to calculate if the fish could see it or not.
Of all the lines on the market today find a line that you like. Think of where you are going to use that line. Match the line to the application and then you can make a conscience decision as to what your line might be.
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