Not all saltwater fishing lines are the same. To discover which one is ideal for you, read about the benefits of each type!
Not long ago, there wasn't much of a selection when it came to fishing lines. However, saltwater fishermen are always seeking something better to use, so new alternatives soon became available. But with three top options, you might be stumped as to which one is best.
So before you head on out to Eat My Tackle to get your fishing lines and other saltwater fishing equipment, let’s take a closer look at each saltwater fishing line option:
Nylon monofilament. This is the most popular choice among fishermen. Despite the introduction of new types, it continues to be popular due to its low cost.
But it’s not just the price tag that makes it so highly regarded. When the line is new, it casts great and the knots in the monofilament hold together well. The line also has a natural stretch to it that offers unique advantages and a wide range of uses. All in all, when you get enough experience with it then you’ll get great value for the price. It’s great for new anglers.
Of course, it’s not perfect. Because of the stretch, when under strain the stretch will absorb or dampen lighter bites so you may not notice them. The stretch also makes it more difficult for you to turn a fish from obstructions.
It’s vulnerable to abrasions, so it isn’t always a great choice when fishing from a dock or rocky shores. Over time, the shape of the fishing line distorts to mimic the shape of the spool so you don’t get as much distance in your casts. And if you leave it under the sun, it will dry out and reduce its effectiveness as well.
Fluorocarbon. Fluorocarbon is an incredibly versatile material because it's almost totally transparent in water, with a refractive index similar to that of water. This makes it ideal for use in clear water where fish are picky. It's also quite abrasion-resistant, making it appropriate for docks and fishing among rocks. The strain is also minor, making the difference between this line and nylon monofilament very distinct.
The fluorocarbon line's benefits are numerous. It is resistant to UV rays, so it won't break down over long periods in the sun, which is ideal for saltwater fishing. It also doesn't mirror the shape of the spool, unlike nylon monofilament lines. Lastly, it sinks rapidly.
Braided. Braided lines are often made of secret synthetic formula, which is then woven together like a rope. As a result, a much thinner line than fluorocarbon or monofilament is created, yet you get the same strength. This small nature allows you to cast further because the fishing line is more flexible, allowing you to make your casts at greater distances.
Perhaps the most notable feature is that there’s virtually no stretch to worry about. This means you’ll get a much greater feel for the fish. You’ll detect the lightest hits and you’re more sensitive to their movements. This also means that the hook sets more solidly and you get more force when catching sportfish.
With every passing day, braids are becoming more advanced, and they offer more advantages than ever before.
Picking Saltwater Fishing Tackle
Now that you know more about the three types of fishing lines, it's time to make a decision! But wait, there's one more factor to consider before you can purchase your fishing equipment: the type of sportfish you're going to be targeting.
Each sportfish has different habits, and they inhabit different environments. Some fish are easier to catch than others, but they all require specific saltwater fishing tackle. For example, if you're targeting tarpon, then you need a heavier outfit because they're such powerful fish. But if you're after trout, then you can use a lighter rod and reel.
Here is a list of sportfish and the type of tackle you'll need for each:
- Snapper: When fishing for snapper, you can use a medium-weight rod and reel. Braided or fluorocarbon line is a good choice, and you can use either lures or bait.
- Grouper: A heavy-duty rod and reel are necessary for grouper fishing. A fluorocarbon or braided line is recommended, and you'll need large lures or bait.
- Trout: A light to medium-light rod and reel is perfect for trout fishing. The nylon monofilament line is fine, and small lures or baits work best.
- Marlin: For marlin fishing, you'll need the heaviest tackle of all. A stout rod and reel are essential, along with a very strong line. Live bait is usually the best choice when targeting marlin.
Now that you know more about the types of saltwater fishing lines and the sportfish they're best suited for, it's time to make your purchase! Head to the Eat My Tackle shop and get started on your next fishing adventure!