Best fishing lines for a baitcaster reel on the market
If you are wondering, which are the best fishing lines for a baitcaster reel, you are in the right place. After some research, I can point out 3 top lines which are on the market for each line type.
But what are the types of line used with a baitcaster reel and the main differences between them? I will try to explain and be as brief as possible.
One of the main advantages of the fluorocarbon line is that it’s nearly invisible underwater. Mainly, that is because of the refraction similarity between the line and water. It sinks faster than the monofilament line due to its density, which makes it a great choice while fishing with the bottom baits. Fluorocarbon line sensitivity will not allow you to miss even the light bites, which you might not even notice while using monofilament line.
With this line you should aim for the fish which can be spooked quite easily and mainly use it in the clear waters.
If you are still a beginner, I wouldn’t recommend this type of line. Instead, use the Monofilament line as it is much easier to handle. Use it with:
- Deep diving crank baits
- Jigging spoons
- Plug lures
- Lipless baits
I can point out two main advantages of monofilament line. Firstly, it’s quite easy to handle and secondly, it’s one of the cheapest lines on the market.
Due to the softness and flexibility of the line, you should not have any difficulties while casting with it. But be careful as it can break easily when rubbed against the rocks or trees. That makes it not as reliable as fluorocarbon. Remember this: “The thinner the line, the better it is.”
It can be used in a huge variety of fishing activities, but I would not recommend it while deep fishing. Monofilament line absorbs water which can have an impact on sensitivity and increases the chance of losing knots. Use it with:
- Shallow-water crankbaits
- Prop baits
- Spook lures
I will try to mention all of the advantages and disadvantages for this type of line and if I miss some, please notify me by leaving your comment in the bottom of the post.
Braided line is well known for its durability, superior strength while maintaining a small diameter and abrasion resistance. It is ideal for heavy cover and other difficult conditions while flipping or casting. You should also consider other factors as well before choosing this type of line. It’s expensive and puts more stress on the reel parts which might break faster. Due to the lack of stretch, braided line might break if you will encounter strong-hitting fish bite.
It’s ideal for deep fishing and is one of the preferred lines while bass fishing. My advice would be: “Don’t use it in clear waters. Instead, use it in areas covered with weed where you will be able to pull out the fish from the heavy cover.” Use it with:
- Plastic Worms
- Bass Jigs
- Top water Lures
- Soft Plastics
- Rubber Shads
- Natural Bait
Now you have an idea which are the best fishing lines for a baitcaster reel and the main differences between the line types. But which one to pick if you are new to the game?
If you are just starting, I would definitely recommend monofilament line. It’s ideal for newbies and makes baitcasting look really easy. You will gain the necessary experience and it won’t cost you a fortune. After using this type of line for some time, switching to fluorocarbon or braided will seem like a “piece of cake”.
We all know that fishing lines come in a huge variety of colors and different sizes. I can tell from my personal experience, that size and color matters a lot.
For example, if you use red color line in a clear blue water, your chances to catch fish are close to zero. The line will be clearly visible in water and scare off the fish.
Now you are probably wondering: “Which color of line should I choose and in which conditions should I use it?”
Fear not, I will try to explain. There are five main line colors on the market:
The main advantage of yellow colored line is that it’s clearly visible above the water. It allows anglers to spot nearly undetectable bites. If you are planning to watch the line in order to detect fish bites in murky or dirty waters, go for it.
Yellow line is not suitable for clear waters as fish can detect it easily, which will scare them off.
From what I was able to find out, it appears that red color becomes invisible underwater at depth. But divers have other opinion. According to them, red color is clearly visible even at 10+ feat depth. The main advantage of red line, is that it is clearly visible, same as the yellow colored.
It wouldn’t be the best choice while fishing in shallow waters.
If seeing your line clearly above the water is not that important to you, it makes it a great choice. It blends in with water which makes it invisible for the fish in blue waters. I wouldn’t state that the line is not visible above the water at all. If the line is illuminated by the sun, you can still see it, but not as good as yellow or red ones.
Blue color line is the best choice while fishing in shallow waters.
Green colored line is generally used in waters which are filled with algae or heavy vegetation. The line will blend in to greenish water which makes it nearly invisible to fish. Also, you will have no difficulty seeing it above the water. It’s a great colored line which can be used nearly everywhere.
Try to avoid very clear waters as it can be easily seen by the fish.
If you still don’t know which color to pick, you can always stick with the basics – clear line. It can be used nearly in all conditions where the blue colored line fails and will help you to avoid the confusion while choosing the color. It can be seen above the water and is invisible for the fish underwater. It’s an ideal line for the beginners and while fishing in clear waters.
Try to avoid using it in murky or dirty waters.
For now, we have covered the following:
- Which are the best fishing lines for a baitcaster reel?
- Types of line usedwith a baitcaster reel and the main differences between them.
- Which line to pick if you are new to the game?
- Which color of line should be chosen and in which conditions?
Last thing that matters is the line size. I have already mentioned, that the thinner the line, the better it is. Take in to the consideration the weight of fish that you are aiming for and choose the size that suits you.
For example, if the maximum weight of fish that you are aiming for is 10 lb.(4.5 kg.), don’t choose the line for 20 lb.(9 kg.). as it won’t do any good. If the fishing line is to dense, it reduces the chance of catching a fish due to its visibility.
If you are wondering which type of line works best for me? I would say green or the blue monofilament fishing line depending on fishing conditions.