Should I use fluorocarbon, monofilament or braided fishing line when crankbait fishing? Will the fishing line I use make a difference? Which fishing line will last the longest?
You may have at some point found yourself asking those same questions. In this post, we will address, what is the best fishing line for crankbaits. .
To begin with let’s talk about monofilament.
When would you throw monofilament when crankbait fishing?
To answer that question let’s take a look at some of the characteristics of monofilament.
Cheap: Monofilament without a doubt is one of the more popular fishing lines on the market. One of the biggest reasons it is so popular is because it is cheap. For this reason many fishermen actually using monofilament as a backing on their fishing reel.
Easy to manage: Another advantage that monofilament has over other fishing lines is that it is easy to manage. Fluorocarbon and braid are much stiffer and can be difficult to manage.
Sinkability: Yes, monofilament sinks, but it sinks at a slower rate than fluorocarbon.
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3 situations to throw monofilament
Shallow Crankbaits: Since mono sinks at a slower rate than fluorocarbon it works great when fishing shallow crankbaits. It also works great when fishing for suspended bass.
Baitcasting reel: Another situation I would recommend using monofilament is when someone is first starting to use a baitcasting reel. When first starting to use a baitcaster you may experience a backlash every once and awhile. Being that mono is not as stiff as other fishing lines it will make getting out the backlash much easier.
Accuracy: Since mono tends to be easier to manage, it also tends to make more accurate cast. I would recommend using mono whenever you are in a situation where you need to make an accurate cast.
Which monofilament fishing line is the best for crankbaits?
One of the best monofilament line for bass fishing is Berkley Trilene Big Game. One of the best features is the low memory. This makes it extremely easy to use whether using a baitcaster reel or a spinning reel.
Another great thing about this fishing line is it has good abrasion resistance. Retrieve it through weeds, rocks, logs, etc with no problems. You will no longer have to worry about the line snapping and losing your favorite crankbait.
Use this fishing line while shallow cranking and you will have no problem hauling in a big bass.
When would you throw fluorocarbon when crankbait fishing?
Fluorocarbon fishing line is one of the best fishing lines for crankbaits. Before we discuss in what situations you would throw flurocarbon let’s talk about a few of its characteristics that make it so effective.
Sensitivity: While monofilament is not the most sensitive, fluorocarbon is very sensitive.
Little stretch: Fishing with treble hooks can be difficult to set the hook. Choosing a fishing line with little stretch can give help you to ensure better hooksets. Choose a fishing line with no stretch such as braid and you may find yourself ripping the hook right out of the fish’s mouth.
Sinkability: Fluorocarbon sinks much faster than monofilament.
3 situations to throw Fluorocarbon.
Square Bill Crankbaits: When fishing with square bill crankbaits you want to be able to feel everything going on below the water. The sensitivity of fluorocarbon will allow you to do just that.
Lipless Crankbait: We all know one of the best ways to catch bass is ripping a lipless crankbait through the grass. Fluorocarbon will allow you to feel the grass and rip it, thus generating a reaction strike.
Deep Diving Crankbaits: Fluorocarbon sinks. Deep cranking with fluorocarbon will ensure your lure gets to its maximum depth and stays in the strike zone for as long as possible.
Which Fluorocarbon fishing line is the best for crankbaits?
As we have mentioned earlier fluorocarbon is the best fishing line when fishing crankbaits. A favorite among many is the Vicious Pro Elite.
Vicious Pro Elite is an excellent choice when square bill cranking. Its low stretch properties will allow you to feel exactly what your lure is going through while under the water.
Better your chances of more bites with this near invisible fishing line.
Lastly, this line sinks. Use it while fishing deep and allow your crankbait to be in the strike zone for much longer.
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When would you throw braid when crankbait fishing?
Once again, let’s take a look at a few of the characteristics of braided fishing line
No Stretch: Braid has no stretch.
Are there any situations you might throw braid when crankbait fishing?
Fluorocarbon leader: Using a fishing line with no stretch while fishing with crankbaits one may risk ripping the hook out of the fish’s mouth. For that reason the only time I would recommend using braid is with a fluorocarbon leader.
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