Jun
03

Fishing Line for Baitcasters

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What line do you recommend for baitcasters?

If targeting largemouth bass, I prefer 12 lb. or 14 lb. test Suffix Elite monofilament (mono).  Mono is good for most topwaters, crankbaits, spinnerbaits, chatterbaits, hard jerkbaits, hard swimbaits, spoons, and slabs.  Mono is regarded as all-purpose line (or for most purposes).

Fluorocarbon (fluoro) is better at getting lures to dive deeper, but it can pull topwaters down, so don’t use it for them.  I prefer 14 or 17 lb. test Berkley Vanish.

For most soft plastics, I use 30 lb. test Suffix 832 braid.  For frogs, I use 50 or 65 lb. test braid, to pull bass out of lily pad fields or thick grass.

If targeting white bass, I use 8 lb. or 10 lb. test Suffix Elite mono.

If targeting crappie, I use 6 lb. Suffix Elite mono.

If targeting stripers, hybrids, or catfish, I’d use 20 lb. test Berkley Big Game or Suffix Siege mono.

If targeting redfish, speckled trout, black drum, sheepshead, etc., I’d use 15 lb. Berkley Big Game or 17 lb. test Suffix Siege mono.  If targeting bull redfish, oversized black drum, jack crevalle, etc., I’d use 20 lb. test Berkley Big Game or Suffix Siege mono.

I typically don’t have rod/reels dedicated to stripers, hybrids, catfish, or bay species, so I use by bass rod/reels, typically with 12 or 14 lb. test Suffix Elite mono.

When choosing fishing line, don’t use line that is too stiff (e.g., 20 lb. test mono for bass) as it will impede a lure’s action, or too light (e.g., 8 lb. test mono for bass) as a big fish can break it, so use the middle road.

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