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Saturday, 25 November 2017 06:53

The Importance Of Choosing The Right Fishing Line

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Although it is possible to paddle out in your kayak and catch a fish using just about any fishing line, some will yield much better results than others.

Depending on what you are trying to catch, using the right fishing line for the job can turn the experience from a frustrating struggle to something a little more enjoyable. However, there are a couple of different types of fishing lines to choose from and all of them have their own pros and cons. Anglers often put a lot of time and research into purchasing the best fishing kayak and equipment, but neglect to do the same for their fishing lines. This often results in the fishing line being the weakest link in their setup, which can cause a lot of missed opportunities. Shopping for new fishing line isn’t as glamorous or exciting as some of your other fishing gear, but it is something that requires a bit more consideration than simply the price. To avoid some of the common mistakes when it comes to fishing lines, check out what is available and what each has to offer.

Monofilament Fishing Line

Monofilament is probably the fishing line that most anglers are familiar with as it is the cheapest and most common. However, just because it is less expensive than other varieties of fishing line doesn’t mean it isn’t useful. One of the biggest advantages of monofilament, apart from the price, is that it can stretch in order to absorb shocks. In addition, it can easily be tied in knots.

Monofilament fishing line tends to be sold in a variety of different colors, but depending on the color of the water, the clear or blue versions tend to be the most efficient. Of course, there are also a couple of disadvantages to this type of fishing line. The biggest issue is that it is made from nylon, so continues exposure to sunlight will cause the line to eventually break down. Monofilament fishing line is also not as strong as other types, which means it takes up more space on your spool if you opt for higher pound test. Finally, this type of fishing line tends to have line memory, so to avoid it from developing curls you need to take precautions like avoiding extremes in temperature or changing the line frequently.

Braided Fishing Line

Braided fishing line is typically more expensive than monofilament, but also comes with more advantages. The biggest plus for most anglers is the small diameters of braided lines, which means it is possible to fit more on your reel and increase your casting range. It also allows you to get bigger fish, while still using a smaller reel. Braided lines are also much more durable than monofilament ones and are not as susceptible to damage from sunlight. Many anglers also love the fact that braided lines have no memory, so there is no need to worry about curls developing or having to replace the line as frequently.

Unfortunately, the strength of braided line is not always an advantage as it can be difficult to cut and could turn out dangerous for a kayak angler if a situation goes south and you don't have a sharp knife within reach. The lack of stretch on braided lines is another issue, especially when trolling. In addition, since it is not as clear as monofilament, you often need to use leaders otherwise fish will see the line.

Fluorocarbon Fishing Line

Although fluorocarbon fishing lines have traditionally been used as leader material, many anglers have begun to see the advantage of using it as their main line. While this type of line is extruded in a single strand, it is much denser and heavier in size compared to monofilament. The fact that fluorocarbon line is practically invisible in clear water makes it appealing to anglers as is its increased abrasion resistance compared to monofilament. Furthermore, fluorocarbon lines are waterproof, so it’s not going to absorb water like monofilament while its UV resistance negates the effects of sunlight.

There are obviously a couple of trade-offs when opting for fluorocarbon fishing line compared to the alternatives. For example, because it sinks faster, it is not suitable for certain styles of fishing. It is also a more expensive option compared to inexpensive monofilament lines.

Other Considerations

The best fishing line for the task is not necessarily the newest or most expensive one on the market. As is seen above, each type of line has its own advantages and choosing which one to use comes down to a variety of factors. Whether you fish in freshwater or saltwater and what type of fish you are trying to catch will also have an impact on the effectiveness of your fishing line. One of the things that make kayak angling so unique is that the kayak absorbs much more of the pressure on your line and gear compared to fishing from a stationary position. This means that you can typically get away with fishing using lighter line. 

Last modified on Friday, 01 December 2017 06:55
Naomi Bolton

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