Which Fishing Line? Braid vs Fluorocarbon vs Mono

When should you use Braid? When is fluorocarbon better than mono? What is each line for? Matt answers these questions and many more in today's in-depth look at fishing line. Even if you've made your mind up about your favorite line this video is worth a watch, some new technical lines have hit the market that are bridging the gap between line types.

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 give you endless problems. This year we have the added bonus of "shock leader" which is essentially fluorocarbon that stretches like monofilament.

Because this video ran so long we did not include the portion on tying our favorite knots. We'll release a bonus video tomorrow that shows exactly how to tie a Palomar, double Palomar, San Diego Jam, Double San Diego Jam, and a Blood Knot.

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

Braid...

-Power Pro Maxcuatro: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ

-Power Pro Moss Green: http://bit.ly/2aFg46b

-Sufix 832: http://bit.ly/2ae93Ji

Monofilament...

-Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

Fluorocarbon...

Sunline Assassin: http://bit.ly/2h4LNjm

Sunline Sniper: http://bit.ly/2p7fxju

Shock Leader...

FC-100 System Leader Fluorocarbon: http://bit.ly/2O4UElB

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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

Line Extremes: Part 1

To my surprise the most common questions that roll in to the site are those about line. Whether it be about specific techniques or more generalized questions, anglers really want to understand the line they are using. No longer do anglers settle for pros telling them to throw line “x” or line “y”. Now they want to know when, how, and most important, WHY.
In the past I’ve told you that I use braid in nearly every application. I’ve also explained my reasoning behind that so for today we will skip past it. Whether you use braid, mono, or flouro, I believe this topic will apply equally. I call it fishing the “Line Extremes” for big bass. Personally, these extremes apply to my leader material but for you it may apply to your main line.
Let’s define what I mean by extremes. On a given day you will not find a lot of “in between” line sizes on my boat. Sure, there are techniques that require 8, 10, 12, and 15 lb line but those typically aren’t big bass applications. For the sake of today’s discussion I will be ignoring applications that require these line sizes.
In part 2 I will discuss fishing with extremely light line and why it can be deadly effective but today we’re going to discuss the other end of the spectrum.
Extremely heavy line has its place, even in clear water. Many anglers are shocked to find that I use 65-80 lb braid and 25-30 lb mono and flourocarbon leaders for every day techniques. I can often be found flipping a jig on 25 lb, swimbaiting on 30 lb, or throwing a topwater on 80 lb. Why do I do this when I am knowingly eliminating bites? Simple… I don’t believe I am eliminating bites at all. If I fished with 30 lb monofilament every day of the year I would absolutely be hurting myself but by studying the conditions you will realize that sometimes the bass don’t care about line size. On those days, fishing with extremely heavy line actually helps you catch bigger fish.
The obvious question at this point is, “how can heavy line help?” I’m going to use a video as an example.

Prior to this video I noticed that despite crystal clear conditions the bass did not seem to respond to changes in line size at all. Instead of continuing to use light line I stepped up to a very heavy flourocarbon. When I hooked this bass I immediately knew I was in trouble. The fish had managed to get the hook in her lower jaw, right where I would normally lip her. As the fight nears the boat it becomes clear that I can’t grab her. She was shaking and thrashing and was sure to come off at any minute if I didn’t make a quick decision. If I had been using light line I wouldn’t have been able to do anything about the situation but since I had stepped up my line size, I literally grabbed the line and dragged her into the boat with no fear of breakage.
In this case, I can thank my heavy line for getting this bass in the boat. Will this logic work in every application? There are times when sticking to heavy line will result in less (or no) fish. However, if you learn to watch the bass’ response it becomes very obvious when you can step up line size to maximize your chance of landing a trophy bass.
…More to come in part 2.