This braided line discussion is extremely lengthy and isn’t something that I could possibly put in a few hundred words. Again, there is a time and a place to fish braid—it has no stretch, is extremely sensitive, doesn’t hold a memory and reduces diameter per-pound test.
When trolling offshore knowing how much stretch your line has is essential. Sometimes I encounter an angler who is struggling with keeping a fish hooked while trolling. This can be a number of issues, but most of the time they are using braid, which is typically the culprit to lost fish on the troll.
Monofilament is the best overall option for trolling, under any scenario. When trolling the fish will hit the lure against the forward motion of the boat, therefore if there isn’t any stretch to the line, hooks will rip out more often than not.
On the other hand—I love braid, and the confidence that comes with knowing: “I have line capacity, so bring it!” I also don’t have 20 rods just for trolling purposes (mainly because I don’t have a boat). Most of my set-ups—to some degree—will be used for various presentations.
That being said, most of my tackle will be fairly light for my preferred style of fishing. I keep my larger conventional reels backed with braid, which allows for only replacing x-amount of mono instead of an entire reel. Mono doesn’t last nearly as long as braid, but it can be very cost effective when replacing. Another great attribute is I can put way more braid on a reel compared to mono giving me more room for battle. It’s all about confidence.
More food-for-thought the next time you are shopping for line. I think each is highly beneficial under different scenarios, so choose wisely!
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