Deciding whether to use braided line or monofilament for surf fishing can be a daunting task. Both mono and braid proved useful in different surf fishing situations. Let’s see which option is best for all scenarios.
Is braided line good for surf fishing?
Here are the main characteristics that make braid the best option for surf fishing:
- Strength: compared to mono, a braid can take more pressure before it breaks. This is a big advantage to target large predators without affecting your casting distances.
- Sensitivity: Braid is a good bite detector and can effectively transmit the energy from the end of the line to the rod tip, since it does not stretch like mono does. This is extremely useful in uncertain weather and when the wind keeps bouncing the rod.
- Easy fish fighting: braid will not only allow you to feel the bite, but it’ll also transfer your energy at the end of the line, making fighting fish easier. Mono, instead, will absorb most of the energy you give to the line and you might even lose the catch.
- Casting distance: braid has almost no memory and will keep its shape even after months. It is definitely your top choice if you want to reach a far spot in the surf zone.
- Resistance against current: this is especially true for a small diameter braid, which resists the current very well and will provide more stability.
What type of line should I use for surf fishing?
Fish only gather where they know they’ll have easy access to food and in spots that are safe from larger predators. As a result, they’ll concentrate on specific areas in the surf zone. When you’re surf fishing, you need to worry about whether your bait will stay where it should be. Strong currents can prevent the fish to bite and, in those conditions, thick lines are less stable. Keep the diameter low so your line will be able to resist against currents and wind. A 30-40 lb braided line will do the job. If you’re using mono, look for 12-20 lb.
Is braid better than mono?
Monofilament is a better choice for novice anglers and it’s very effective when you’re dealing with rocks or similar structures. It’s also good when targeting sharp-toothed fish. But if you’re fishing in choppy waters and windy environments, choose a small diameter line that will resist the current better.