Which Line To Use For Bass Fishing?

When I first started bass fishing line choice was easy.  Monofilament, that was it! Today, we have so many line types to choose from that it can get very confusing, and very expensive. In this article we are going to talk about the three main types of line that really will help you put more bass in the boat.

To understand which line type to use, we need to look at the properties of each one and understand their benefits.  Let’s do a side by side comparison,then we can decide when to use each one.


So now that we know the properties of each line, when do we use each one?  This is definitely a topic up for debate, but we hope to help you with your decision.

Line can be expensive, so I try to keep it fairly simple.  

When fishing moving reaction style baits I use monofilament since I am not worried about line sensitivity and I want the stretch for good hooksets, especially on lures with treble hooks.

On the other hand, when fishing soft plastic lures where I am trying to feel the bite, I always use straight fluorocarbon. The reason is I want the most sensitive line that the fish can not see. 

For this application, I do not like braid with a fluorocarbon leader. Braid is very sensitive on a tight line, but when fishing soft plastics on a semi-slack line the vibrations do not follow up the line, because it is so limp. You also can’t see the line jump like you can with mono or fluoro.

Since fluorocarbon lines are more expensive though, I always use mono as a backer line on the spool.

Braid fishing is all about the strength of the line. Frog fishing and punching thick mats is a perfect example of when to use braided line.

I prefer to use fluorocarbon when flipping because the braid drags more through the guides making it harder to pitch. The braid can also dig into the spool when setting the hook, which must be fixed before your next pitch, or the line will grab the spool and ruin your cast. 

When I have to use braid for pitching into nasty cover, the following trick comes in handy...

Cast out as far as you can, then put a piece of electrical tape on the spool, and reel in.  Now if you get a backlash or the line digs in it can only go as far as the tape and will be easier to get out.

Mono and braid are very good for topwater lures as the line floats. The braided line will help you make longer casts.

Fluorocarbon can also be used to get lures down a little deeper.

Below is a quick reference guide for lines and lures.

As you can see, choosing the right line can definitely improve your catch rate!  We hope you enjoyed this article and learned something new along the way. 


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