Best Fishing Line: Braid, Mono, or fluorocarbon?

When should you use mono? What about braided line or Fluorocarbon? Matt explains what each line is for, how to use it, and when to avoid it. We also discuss leader materials and how to tie connection knots. 

This video goes in depth about all 3 fishing lines. We ignored copolymer for the sake of time as its really just an "in between" between fluorocarbon and monofilament. All of these different styles of line are important. Each one has a place and will increase your success while fishing. But use the wrong line for the wrong purpose and it will drive you insane! A perfect example that we forgot to cover in the video is that fluorocarbon sinks. Use it for topwater and it will drive you insane! But use it in ultra deep water and it will make it easier to keep bottom contact. 

Below is a break down of the different lines that we use on a regular basis. 

Braided Line...
Power Pro: http://bit.ly/2aFg46b
Power Pro MaxCuatro: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ
Sufix 832: http://bit.ly/2ae93Ji

Monofilament...
Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9
P-Line CXX: http://bit.ly/2alLm0l

Fluorocarbon...
Sunline Assassin: http://bit.ly/2h4LNjm
Sunline Sniper: http://bit.ly/2p7fxju
Seaguar AbrazX: http://bit.ly/2aaBBDX
Seguar Red Label: http://bit.ly/2LOVEwA

Connection Knots...

 Blood Knot- This is my core knot for all connections between braid and mono or braid and fluoro. If connecting to fluorocarbon its CRITICAL that the knot is wet when cinching up or the fluoro will be burned. 

Blood Knot Video: https://youtu.be/XKn9Pgl1sYI

Nail Knot- This is an extremely strong knot but requires an extra tool or straw to tie it effectively on the water. 

My applications...
Finesse in crystal clear water: 10 lb braid (use 15 lb if on a low end reel) to 5-8 lb fluoro
Finesse in clean water: 10 lb braid to 6-10 lb mono
Texas Rigs: 40 lb braid to 12-17 lb mono
Finesse Jigs: 30 lb braid to 10-15 lb mono or 12-15 lb fluoro
Jig Fishing: 50 lb braid to 15-20 lb mono
Crankbait option 1: 12 lb fluorocarbon (Assassin)
Crankbait option 2: 20 lb Braid (Sufix 832) to 12 lb mono
Swimbait: 80 lb braid to 30 lb mono
punching: 65 lb braid (no leader)
Frogging: 50-65 lb braid (No leader)
Jerkbait option 1: 20 lb braid to 10 lb mono leader
Jerkbait option 2: 12 lb fluorocarbon
Shaky Head: 30 lb braid to 10 lb mono
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What Line Should You Be Using?

Ever wonder what line works best for what bait? Everywhere you turn there is a bass fisherman with an opinion about fishing line and no two anglers agree. In this bass fishing video Matt breaks down the line sizes in fluorocarbon, monofilament, and braided line that he and Tim use for a variety of techniques.

If your preferred fishing technique isn't listed below, drop us a comment and we'll be sure to respond. 

Line Sizes for Various bass fishing techniques...

Large Swimbaits...

-65 or 80 lb braided line
-25 or 30 lb Mono Leader
-30 lb Fluorocarbon Mainline

Crankbaits (Including squarebills, mid range, and deep diving crankbaits)...

-30 lb braided Line
-10-17 lb Monofilament Leader
-10-17 lb Fluorocarbon Main Line

Frogs and Buzzbaits...

-50 or 65 lb Braided Line
No Leader needed and never use fluorocarbon for floating baits.

Topwater Baits with Trebles...

-30 to 50 lb Braided Line
-12 to 20 lb Mono leader
-Never use Fluorocarbon for Topwater Techniques.

Texas Rigs and Jigs...

-40 to 65 lb Braided Line
-15 to 25 Lb Monofilament Leader
-15-25 Lb Flurocarbon Main Line

Swim Jigs, Chatterbaits, and Spinnerbaits...

-40 to 65 lb Braided Line
-15 to 25 Lb Monofilament Leader
-15-25 Lb Flurocarbon Main Line

Worming/Finesse on Baitcaster OR Spinning Reel...

-10 to 20 lb Braided Line
-6 to 10 lb Mono Leader
-6 to 10 lb Fluorocarbon Mainline

SpyBaits...

-10 to 15 lb Braided Line
-6 lb Mono Leader
-6 lb Flurocarbon Main Line

Float and Fly/Hair Jigs...

-5 to 10 lb Braided Line
-2 to 4 lb Mono Leader
-2 to 4 lb Flurocarbon Mainline

Our Preferred Lines as of this writing...

-Power Pro Maxcuatro Braided Line
-Sufix 832 Braided Line
-Maxima Ultragreen
-Seaguar Abrazx
-Sunline Leader Material
-Sunline Flippin' Flurocarbon

Braided Line and Leader Length

Many anglers have made the switch to braided line for their bass fishing but many still struggle with the specifics. The main struggles are when to tie a leader, how long should a leader be, what knots to use for braided line, When to use a leader and when to tie direct to braided line. 


In this video Matt focuses on when to tie a leader and how long that leader needs to be for different techniques like flipping, pitching, crankbaits, jigs, finesse fishing, topwater, etc. Leader length for flipping is vastly different than leader length for reaction or finesse techniques. The only aspect of the leaders that remains the same is the knot. 

Matt's connection knot of choice to connect braid to mono or fluoro leader material is a blood knot. Here is the video on how to tie the blood knot if you're not familiar with it: https://youtu.be/XKn9Pgl1sYI

Matt's preferred Lines...

Sufix 832 Braided Line
Power Pro Maxcuatro Braided Line
Seaguar AbrazX Fluorocarbon
Maxima Ultragreen Monofilament

**We do not advocate Maxima Ultragreen as a main line because it is stiff and has excessive stretch. However, as a leader material it is phenomenal! It has strength, shock absorption, and abrasion resistence. 

 

 

Adjusting to Braided Line

If you haven't picked up the April edition of FLW's Bass Fishing magazine, grab a copy and take a look at the article on properly adjusting to braided line. If you haven't made the switch yet, its worth your consideration. In honor of the article, we're revisiting our video on properly adjusting to braided line.

There have been a few advancements in braided line since this video was uploaded but we still make all of these same adjustments. The brands of line may have changed (Sufix 832 is hard to beat) but the concepts and principals are as applicable now as the day the video was shot. Do yourself a favor and start making the switch to an "All Braid Diet" before your next trip!