Battle With Braided Line: Part 2

After the many inquires about my “Battle With Braided Line” blog, I decided to continue with Part 2, since there is so much more to discuss.

This braided line conversation is extremely lengthy and impossible to cover completely in a few hundred words. Most of the questions I received centered on where anglers should use braid, and what line-strength they should choose.

Again, there is a time and a place to fish braid; it has no stretch, it’s extremely sensitive, has no memory and is extremely thin for its strength.

The Whens And Wheres
To my bass fishermen: Fishing heavy cover, such as flipping heavy jigs in vegetation, Texas-rigged baits along the banks, or throwing a frog. These are all very different styles, but the line’s lack of stretch, sensitivity and small diameter play key rolls.

Flipping a jig into vegetation is one of the most popular places to fish braid. The line’s incredible strength allows you to break though those thick mats, get a solid hookset and bring the fish back out of the weeds. Fishing frogs seems to be fairly simple, but setting the hook isn’t as easy and is by far where most errors come into play. You have to remember when a fish hits your frog you’re setting the hook through the plastic and into the fish’s mouth. Having no stretch allows you to make instant contact with that fish.

In Florida I don’t do much deep crankin’, but I sure do love throwing a lipless rattlebait. When throwing a diving crankbait you want that stretch, you want your bait to bounce around on structure; braid will not give you that and all you’ll have is a day of frustration.

On my home waters, I’ll throw a rattlebait with braid, since most of the time I’m ripping it through vegetation and I want to be able to put pressure on my lure to instantly free it from grass. Most of the time hits will come when it’s snagged in the grass and you rip it out. Fishing with braid will allow you to confidently fish a rattlebait the way it should be fished.

To piggyback on my rod lectures: You can have all the proper baits with the proper line, but your braid does you no good if you aren't fishing it with the proper rod. Fishermen always think that it’s the braid’s fault when a rod breaks. All your setups must mesh properly, and that discussion will be continued in Part 3.

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