Braided line has a small diameter than mono and fluoro: it’s usually ¼ or ⅓ the size of other lines, meaning that you can spool more braid on your reel.
Moreover, having extra line is important for longer runs/drifts or when you cut/lose line.
What is the diameter of braided fishing line?
If you’ve been trying to figure out how to compare mono and braid diameter, the table below provides a strength comparison between braided line and monofilament, so you can make a better decision when buying fishing line.
|BRAID SIZE (lb)||DIAMETER (inches)||APPROXIMATE MONO EQUIVALENT|
Does braided line cast further?
Braided line does cast further than both mono and fluoro. Each line has its pro and cons: fluorocarbon is invisible to the fish, but braid will give you extra distance.
Remember that line thickness also plays a role in casting: a heavier line will not cast as well as a thinner line will, but braid makes an exception: a 30 lb braid will throw farther than 20 lb fluorocarbon and the reason is that heavier braid has a smaller diameter and the material has less drag on the cast.
Is 8lb braid stronger than 8lb mono?
Despite mono being more abrasion-resistant, braided line is still stronger than monofilament. Braid has a higher breaking strength: a 8 lb monofilament will have a 0.11 inches diameter, while an equivalent braid with the same diameter will have a rating of 30 lb. This means that – despite them having the same diameter – with braid you’ll get almost 4 times the breaking strength.
What size braid should I use?
The braid size to use depends on the species you are targeting or the type of fishing you are doing. Below, you can get an idea according to different situations:
- Surf casting: 30-40 lb
- Shark fishing: 50-200 lb
- Bottom fishing: 80-200 lb for large fish (amberjacks, grouper) pr 20 lb for smaller fish (mangroves, yellowtail snapper)
- Trolling: 30-130 lb
- Redfish: 20-30 lb
- Snook: 20-30 lb
- Offshore kayak fishing: 30-50 lb
- Fishing with artificials in the bay: 20 lb
- Vertical jigging: 50-80 lb
Can fishing line be too heavy?
Besides choosing the line heaviness for the type of fishing you do, it’s also important to use the right line according to your rod. A heavier rod will not perform well with a light line and you may even risk breaking the line on a fish. However, if you use a line that is too heavy on a light rod, you might break the rod; so be sure to match the line to the type of fishing you do and the rod itself, to have the best performance.