Despite monofilament being the most popular option for saltwater fishing, braided line is an excellent choice too.
Braid is made by fusing together several strands of fiber and, as a result, it is stronger than monofilament.
Some anglers prefer to use braided fishing line in saltwater since it will cast farther and cut through the water faster than monofilament.
Although it is more expensive, it lasts longer than mono, making it a solid investment. In fact, braid is not affected by the sun and salt corrosion as mono is. Braid’s low stretch make it the best choice for bottom fishing, while this characteristic may not work well for trolling and requires a less aggressive technique when you’re fighting the fish.
What is the best braided fishing line for saltwater?
In salty waters, the best fishing line to catch a huge fish is a light line: it will cast farther and sink faster. Heavy line is too strong and stiff for this type of fishing. Also, as the line gets thicker it will produce more issues with sensitivity.
Regarding the length, if you like fishing deep down the water, you need to choose a longer line. But if you want to stay near the shore, you can choose a shorter length. An important characteristic is that your line should be perfectly smooth and round in terms of texture to improve the accuracy of the cast.
Finally, choose the line color wisely. A less visible color (such as green) or clear line are considered the best in saltwater fishing by seasoned anglers and experts.
What pound test line do I need for saltwater fishing?
Pound test is the pressure it takes to break the line and is used to determine the maximum pressure to apply. This value should match the weight of the species you are targeting. For instance, if you are looking to hook a 30-pound tuna, you need a line in the 30-pound test.
You also need to set the drag accordingly. Drag is the amount of pressure that is applied to the line by the reel when a fish is pulling on it. You should set it at one-third the pound-test of the line. To do this operation, put the rod in a holder and then pull on the line with a hand scale. Tighten the drag until the scale indicates the amount of pressure desired.