Green, blue, pink, red, yellow, white. These are just some of the many colors of braided fishing line.
Which one is the best color for bass fishing? Does color really matter? Will I need a leader?
Let’s answer those question.
What Is The Best Color For Braided Fishing Line?
The answer – In most situations the best color is moss green. Green is a great color because it blends in so well and thus makes it very difficult for bass to see it in the water. However, because it blends in so well, it can also be difficult for us fishermen to see exactly what our fishing line is doing.
For that reason, if you are doing any kind of finesse fishing such as drop shop, shaky head, or fishing with a Senko, I would definitely recommend fishing with a bright color braid.
For example, fishing with a bright yellow or pink will allow you to see the slightest bite or movement on your lure even before you feel the bite.
If I Fish With Braid Will I Need A Leader?
Yes, any type of finesse presentation where bass have the opportunity to get an up-close look at the lure will require that you use a fluorocarbon leader.
- TIP: One combination that I really like when finesse fishing is PowerPro’s High Vis Yellow with a Tatsu Fluorocarbon Leader. The High Vis Yellow Braid makes it extremely easy to see the slightest hit and the Tatsu Fluoro Leader makes it almost impossible for the fish to detect.
On the other hand, if for example, you are doing some topwater fishing with a frog in some thick lily pads, bass aren’t going to have the opportunity to see the lure let alone the color of the fishing line. They are just going to see or feel that something is moving on the surface and strike.
In this situation, you can use whatever color fishing line that you like because the fish aren’t going to see it. The color is more for you and being able to see your line in the water.
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How Long Of A Leader Should You Use?
The length of the leader depends on you and your fishing needs.
When fishing for finicky bass I like to put on a long fluoro leader sometimes as long as 10 or even 12 feet in length. The goal here is to have a high visibility line that is easy for me to see with a leader that separates that fishing line from my lure so as not to spook the fish.
What Is The Best Knot For Braid To Fluorocarbon?
While there are a number of different knots to connect these two lines, I really like the FG knot.
Learn how to tie this knot in the following video:
Who Makes The Best Braided Fishing Line?
In a previous post (found here) I go over some of my favorite braided fishing lines on the market, but let’s just briefly highlight two of my favorites when it comes to bass fishing.
Suffix 832. This is a great highly abrasion resistant braid ideal for most fishing conditions. It is available in a moss green making it a great option when you want the line to blend into the water.
PowerPro High Viz. This is my go-to option when I want to be able to see the fishing line. Fishing with a green line can be difficult to detect small movements, especially when drop shot fishing in deep water. However, by switching over to a high viz such as this one, I can see small movements and capitalize on more fish.
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So, what is the best color braided fishing line for bass fishing?
To summarize this post, remember two things.
First, fish with moss green when you want the line to blend in as much as possible.
Second, fish with bright colors when you want to keep an eye on the line to detect the smallest bites.
Now it is your turn. What color fishing line do you use? Please share your experience with us in the comments below.