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There are only a couple draw backs to this line. You must use a Palomar knot to tie on lures or the line will slip and come untied. Some guys will Super-Glue the knot to prevent it from coming untied. Also braid is nearly impossible to break off when you want to if you get hung up on something. I also don't recommend you use this line on a spinning reel, it just doesnít work well. With a spinning reel, it tends to tangle coming off the reel due to its limp features. If you find yourself getting a lot of backlashes with braid using a bait casting reel, you probably just need more practice with your reel, rather than blaming it on the line.
like to fish braid in several different situations for bass. First is
my most common way of fishing these days, using the Brovarney Swim
Jig. I always throw my jigs on braid 100% of the time. It
allows me to make longer casts; it is easier to pop the grass off and
gives me solid hook ups. Second is flipping in pads. Braid will get a
fish turned around faster out of the pads and in the boat. Third would
have to be frog fishing, there just isnít another choice.
Obviously, braided line is useful in any situation where there
is thick cover or slop, or where there is a lot of debris or structure
in the water which would scrape up your line causing it to break off
when you set the hook.
are many different brands of braided line.
I prefer Power Pro line by Innovative Textiles, because it is
rounder so it less apt to burying into your spool and the coating on
it makes it smoother for longer casts. It really is superior to other
brands. I have also
started experimenting with Suffix Braid, which seems to be almost as
good as well.
Fluorocarbon has replaced mono for the most part for me and many other tournament anglers. Itís the best all around line that can be used in a wide variety of situations. I have it on both my spinning reels and some of my bait casters. I love to pitch tubes around wood and grass using Fluorocarbon because of its sensitivity and abrasion resistance. Itís invisible underwater which makes it awesome in clear water. If you like to Drop Shot, Carolina Rig or fish any other finesse techniques than you need to be using Fluorocarbon. Most people use fluorocarbon for spinnerbaits, although I often use braid for them as well. Of todayís swim jig anglers, about half use braid and half use fluorocarbon.
My favorite brand of fluorocarbon is Triple Fish, because it is an excellent quality line at a great price. Seaguar line is also excellent, but pricier. Some other popular brands with tournament anglers are P-Line, Berkley Vanish, and Yo-Zuri. Some people say knots come undone more often with fluorocarbon, but I have not found that to be a problem using a good quality line.
and Co-Polymers Ė
is a fine choice for the casual fisherman because it is versatile and
inexpensive. But for the
serious tournament angler, it is not always reliable enough and
requires high maintenance. My primary reason for not using mono very
much is that it has a higher degree of stretch to the line, which I
believe can affect the hook set. About
the only time I use mono these days is when I am fishing some top
water baits. Mono is the
only line that floats which helps a lot when working a popper or a