Is 5-lb Braided Line Too Light For Inshore Saltwater Fishing?
Is 5lb braided line too light to use for inshore saltwater fishing?
Won’t it just break off if you hook into a bigger fish?
5lb braided line might have more advantages than you think!!
Check this out!
5-lb Braided Line
Traditionally, 10lb braid has been the go-to choice for fishing bays and flats for slot-sized fish.
Also when compared to lighter line, the 10lb line casts very far and can be put to the test.
However, lately, redfish have become increasingly spooky and sensitive to the heavier line.
During the winter, the water is very clear and redfish are not super aggressive to chase down food.
The 10lb braid just falling onto the water when you cast it out has been enough to scare off skittish redfish.
5lb braid is thinner and lighter than the 10lb braid.
In fact, 5lb braid is 0.10mm in diameter and the 10lb braid is 0.15mm.
5-lb Braid Performance
After a few recent trips using 5lb braid, it stood the test to reeling in some slot and over slot-sized fish.
Moreover, it was able to stay connected around mangroves and structure.
As long as you are not fishing in an area with tons of structure, 5lb braid can be effective in bays and up on the flats.
5-lb Braid Strength VS. 10-lb Braid Strength
After several knot strength tests, the FG knot tied to 20lb leader using 5lb braid held up to 11lbs of pressure.
This is plenty of pulling structure to handle fish on the flats or open water.
On the other hand, 10lb braid tied with 20lb leader held up to 20lbs of pressure.
There is a greater difference between the pressure you can put on both types of braid, but it can be advantageous to use a lighter line.
Furthermore, 5lb braided line will cast further than 10lb braided line.
There will be a future test coming to confirm this.
In another test, 10lb braid was put up against 20lb braid for casting distance.
After several trials, 10lb braided line casted around 20% further than 20lb braided line.
5-lb Braided Line [VIDEO]
If you are sight fishing in calm, clear water, 5lb braided line is going to prevent fish from spooking off and will provide you more stealth.
5lb braid can be hard to find but if you are able to get your hands on it, give it a try on the flats for sight fishing opportunities!
Keep an eye out for more tests between 5lb and 10lb braided line will be coming soon!!
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