When and where should you use braided fishing line? Deciding when to use braid vs mono might seem difficult in some cases.
Each line has its own advantages and disadvantages: braided line is smaller, lighter and stronger, but it’s also more difficult to manage for some anglers, compared to monofilament.
By using braid you’ll be able to cast much farther and its smaller diameter will cut through water way more easily. Let’s see when you should choose a braided line instead than monofilament to improve your fishing game.
Braided line has been improved through the years and it has become the best option to catch and land a big bass. Braided line truly changed bass fishing, as it provides a solid hook set and gives you the leverage to get the fish out of heavy cover before it can get tangled up. Braid is also easier to use with top-water lures, due to its little to no stretch.
The best knot here is a Palomar knot (not all knots will work good with braid). Also, make sure to wet the line before cinching the knot.
When it comes to bass fishing, the only disadvantage is that braided line might be more visible for the fish itself compared to monofilament or fluorocarbon.
Braid can make you a better finesse angler, mostly because of its strength and visibility. Finesse fishing often happens in crystal clear waters and being able to see your braid can make a huge difference.
Moreover, a smaller diameter braid gives you the advantage of casting farther and allows you to keep a much-needed distance from the fish. Being able to stay away means that your catch will be less defensive and spooky, improving your chances to land it.
Dirty waters and deep vegetation
When you’re fishing in dirty waters, braided line is your best choice due to its visibility. It is available in many colors, unlike other line types, allowing you to see it much more easily. Other situations where it is best to use braid, according to seasoned anglers are: bottomfishing/jingling, casting plugs or lures (especially with spin tackle) and with fishing kelp.
Braid is the best choice to pull fish out of the water when there’s deep vegetation. No-stretch braid will get fish out of heavy weeds more easily, and you’ll be more sensitive to bites that often don’t feel too much different than a weed.
Tips for Using Braided Line
Braid can be used almost in every situation, but you need to pair it with the right equipment. Here are a few tips to use it properly.
When fishing with braid, it’s important to pair it well with the weight of the lure you’ll be using. Experts recommend 10-20 lb braids on spinning reels: going over 30 lb will make you lose castability.
Use proper knots
Since braid it’s more slippery than mono or fluorocarbon, it’s essential to tie proper knots. The best ones to use with braid are the Double Uni Knot, the Alberto Knot, the Improved Albright Knot, the Palomar knot, the PR Bobbin Knot, the FG knot and the San Diego Jam Knot.
Braid can slip on your spool if you don’t have something for it to grip onto. Some spinning reels already include a specific spool for braid. You just need to secure the tag end onto the clip on the side of the spool. If that’s not your case, what you can do is place something on the spool for the line to grab onto (a piece of electrical tape will do the job).
Carry markers with you
The dye on braid line will fade over time and it will certainly last less than the line itself, so it’s a good idea to carry permanent markers with you to refresh the color.