Hey there my fellow fishing enthusiasts. Today, I am going to look at some choices to put on our reels as I discuss my 3 best braided fishing line options for Bass this year. The braid vs mono debate is an ongoing one with strong opinions on both sides as to which is better. Personally, I tend to edge towards the braid side of things on most of my reels as I like to have a stronger line and like the way it feels when I fish with it.
Others argue that it is too hard to manage – especially when it tangles and that you will need a mono leader anyway – which I also believe to be true. However, there are some definite advantages to using braids in Bass fishing as well so let’s check it all out below…
My 3 recommended braided fishing line options for Bass fishing
I will review these in more detail below but if you just want to get moving without all the carry-on, my 3 recommended choices are listed here for your convenience:
|Braid Fishing Line||Price||Get it|
|KastKing SuperPower Braided Fishing Line||$||CURRENT PRICE|
|Piscifun Onyx Braided Fishing||$$||CURRENT PRICE|
|Berkley x9 Braid Fishing Line||$$||CURRENT PRICE|
What is a braided fishing line?
Ok, so the first thing we probably need to do is to quickly outline the fishing line type that we are looking at here.
As the name may suggest, a braided line consists of several strands of a polyethylene compound that are braided together to form a single line. Braid has been developed over time to produce a line that is generally thinner, stronger, and more sensitive than mono with greater abrasion resistance.
It is longer lasting than monofilament line (one of the reasons that fluorocarbon has been developed) however not as easy to handle and rig – especially for those new to fishing. It has no stretch to it meaning that a mono leader is usually tied to the end to account for a little ‘give’ when casting and the fact that braid really doesn’t tie to tackle very well at all.
Why use braided lines for bass fishing?
Generally, using braided line for Bass fishing is a great option since it features strength, good casting ability, and thin diameter. Braided lines are more sensitive compared to mono lines and can also deliver a stronger hookset – especially with such as aggressive fish as Bass.
Its abrasion resistance is also a big plus here especially as Bass like to hide around and under structure as well as the ability to use stronger rated lines on smaller reels. This strength, compared with lack of stretch means that if need be, you can ‘drag’ then out from these structures as well. That said, it is also light enough to handle topwater lures without any problems.
- Thinner than most mono lines – meaning more can be spooled onto the reel.
- Longer casting.
- Generally stronger when line sizes are the same.
- More durable and longer-lasting.
- More resistant to abrasions and fish bites.
- Does not hold shape.
- More sensitive giving greater bite detection.
- Better in stronger currents or winds.
- No stretch meaning will snap if snagged or larger fish bites (although only a problem if you have a line that is too low in weight strength).
- Harder to manage than mono – with knots being harder to tie.
- Will usually need to be attached to a mono leader – for some added stretchiness when casting.
- More expensive than mono (although not much more than fluorocarbon and the price is coming down).
- Lack of stretch can put more pressure on equipment.
- If it tangles or knots it is almost impossible to fix.
- Can be more visible to fish.
Ok, so the above outlines the pros, cons and some of the recommended uses for braid lines. As you mull over your purchase there is however one other influence to consider. When it comes to purchasing a new line – you must match your line size to the reel. This is because the size of the spool generally determines the size, length, and strength of the line that you can load into it.
When it comes to spinning reels, there is a simple way to work this all out via the first number on the side. You see, a fishing reel may be rated for example as a ’20’ or a ‘2000’. If this is the case, the ‘2’ is the common denominator and what you match the line to (this is not an exact science but it works for me). So, then all you need to do is match the line kilogram/pound strength to the spool. To make this easier, I have whipped up a little table below:
|Reel Size||Suggested Mono||Suggested Braid||Suggested Rod Length*|
|10 or 1000||1- 2 kg/2 – 4 lb||4 – 8 lb||6-7 ft (line rating 1-4kg)|
|20 or 2000||2- 3 kg/4 – 6 lb||5 – 10 lb||6-7 ft (line rating 2-5kg)|
|25 or 2500||2.5- 4 kg/5 – 8 lb||5 – 12 lb||6-7 ft (line rating 2-5kg)|
|40 or 4000||4- 6 kg/8 – 12 lb||8 – 12 lb||8-10 ft (line rating 3-10kg)|
|60 or 6000||6- 8 kg/12 – 16 lb||12 – 30 lb||8-10 ft (line rating 4-10kg)|
If the line is too big, you will generally enter the painful world of birds nest city (when too much line spools off at once and tangles) and too small and you will be lamenting a snapped line every time you try and cast with a bigger sinker – or worse – if you catch a bigger fish.
Baitcaster reels however work in a slightly different manner. As they can generally handle heavier lines than spinners and can cast further on the more lines you can fit onto the spool the better. Baitcaster reel spool size is usually categorized as the length of line that can be loaded by line size.
For example, the reel may be specified as capable of loading “150 yards at 15lbs mono capacity – or 15/150”. Some manufacturers will also stipulate maximum and minimum line weight limits as well.
Whilst some disagree (the thing I love about fishing), if you are using braid, then you are generally going to need a mono leader. In short, a leader is the piece of fishing line that is used between the end of the spooled braid and the swivel, and then the swivel and the hook – or tied directly to the braid. There are a number of reasons for it including:
- Adds some stretchiness to the rig – great for casting and if you get a snag
- Higher invisibility can be achieved with a different leader – especially if fluorocarbon is used
- Mono leaders will assist in bottom fishing where you want the line to sink easier.
The results above can be improved via the use of a stronger line than is spooled on the reel. For example, you might have a 3000 sized spinner reel with 14 lbs braid spooled. As you rig the line, you might choose to use a 15 – 20 lbs fluoro leader at the hook end to increase stretch and abrasion resistance when casting and fishing.
It should be noted however that if the knot tying the spooled braid and mono leader is too big, then casting can be affected as it pushes past the rod eyelets.
What do I use?
As I mentioned above, when I look to add a new line to a reel, I generally go for braid. I just like the feel of it when fishing and enjoy the extra strength that it has. I have tried a lot of brands however and I tend to choose Berkley if I can, however if not, I try and stick to the following rules:
- When it comes to fishing line – you definitely get what you pay for. I always recommend sticking to the tried and true brands and avoid the bargain box.
- Always match the size to the capacity of your reel – boy have I had some issues when loading braid line that is too big.
- Same goes for length – load too much braid and you will end up with a birds nest for sure.
My three recommendations broken down
As with anything, there are a lot of options available online when it comes to braided fishing lines. So I have chosen the following three in an attempt to give you some choices taking into consideration the information above in terms of quality whilst looking at the best price I can find with the best feedback/reviews. Based on this, I recommend the following options:
1. KastKing SuperPower Braided Fishing Line
Our first option here offers high sensitivity, zero stretch and features a strong knot strength that allows anglers to easily tie solid knots or even an improved clinch knot should the need arise. The dynamically incorporated strands also allow for supple fishing and improved casting as well.
- Line type: Braided Polyethylene
- Strength: 6 – 150 lbs
- Colors: Moss green, Low-vis grey, multi coloured, ocean blue and yellow
- Length: 327– 1097 yards
- Super strong abrasion resistance.
- Smaller diameter that allows anglers to spool more fishing line to their reels.
Why have I chosen it?
Besides it superior strength and abrasion-resistance, I like this one for its other features such as a low memory that assists in better casting with less chance of wind knots. This one is definitely worth a try for all Bass fishing endeavours.
2. Piscifun Onyx Braided Fishing
This next option is made from a durable, 4 or 8 strand braid strengthened by epoxy coatings offering high abrasion resistance and strength which makes it a must try for Bass fishing. Its consistent roundness offers superior casting with reduced backlash and an extremely low memory.
- Line type: Braided polyethylene
- Strength: 5 – 150 lbs
- Colors: Green
- Length: 150 – 547 yds
- Smaller diameter for greater spooling length
- Extreme sensitivity
Why have I chosen it?
If you are a Bass fisherman who uses a lot of different lure types, this line is well worth a try as its smoothness allows for faster cutting through water meaning less resistance on the lures for greater control. It is a great one for beginners and experienced fishers alike with the ability to handle even the largest catches.
3. Berkley x9 Braid Fishing Line
I have included this last one as as I have mentioned above, Berkley fishing lines are my go to when it comes to spooling a new reel. In the case of this option, its strong and reliable 9 strand Polyethylene fiber braid (hence the x9 name) has been designed by 2x Bass master classic champion Jordan Lee. It is long casting and designed for strength and smoothness.
- Line type: 100% Polyethylene fibers
- Strength: 6 – 100 lb
- Colors: Crystal, Flame Green, Low-vis Green
- Length: 164 – 2188 yards
- Built for long and quiet casting.
- 3x stronger than fluorocarbon lines of same diameter
- No line memory or stretch
Why have I chosen it?
This one was created for the purpose of chasing Bass under heavy cover with its strength and smoothness of casting. This really is a great option for those chasing Bass on bait as well as swim and buzzbait lures too.
And there it is – my 3 best braided fishing line options for Bass this year. I hope it has been helpful and as usual, please let me know of your experiences with them. I would love to hear why you love one over the other below!
Also, please do not hesitate to comment below if you have any questions, concerns, corrections, or would like me to check anything else out for you.
Until next time