Is Your Line Causing You To Miss Fish? (Thin vs. Thick Diameter Line)


When it comes to catching fish, little details can make a big difference.

What size line you choose is one of those little details.

Most people use line that’s too thick, and it’s causing them to miss fish.

They think, “I might catch something big, so I need 30 or 40 lb. line.”

But that’s not true!

If you’re fishing open flats, you can catch 30-40 lb. fish on 10-20 lb. braid.

If you’re using line that’s heavier than that, that could be why you aren’t catching as many fish as you think you should be.

Check out the video below to see why.

Is Your Line Causing You To Miss Fish? [VIDEO]

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Presentation is key when you’re fishing the flats, and light line makes it much easier to present your bait or lure naturally.

Here’s why:

1. Thicker line decreases casting distance and accuracy 

If you’re not covering enough water, or placing your lure exactly where you want it to go, you’ll miss out on fish that you might’ve otherwise been able to catch.

2. Water will more easily drag thicker line 

When the water drags your line, it could move your bait out of the strike zone.

It could also put a bow in your line, which could cause you to not feel strikes, or not be able to set the hook in time because of all of the slack.

When To Use Thick Line

Of course, you don’t always want to use light line.

If you’re fishing docks and bridges where you’re more likely to rub your line on hard structure, then you’ll want to have heavier line.

In this case, I like to use 30 lb. braid.


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If you fish inshore flats, light line is better.

You can cast farther and more accurately, and the water won’t drag your line as much.

You can get braided fishing line from our shop here.

Have any questions about what type of line to use for inshore saltwater fishing?

Let me know down in the comments.

And if you know someone who’s missing fish because of their thick line, please TAG or SHARE this with them!

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Jose Jimenez
3 years ago

Hello, does salt strong have any courses that deals with how to fish with out a boat, from land/banks/shores?

Mark Stevens
3 years ago

Does it matter what color the braid? I bought the Gray-Light and the Dark Green from the online store and was curious if color makes an impact or if one is favored in certain conditions.

Josh Park
3 years ago
Reply to  Mark Stevens

Luke said in another tip on the differences in fishing lines that he believes the color of line doesn’t matter, which is why he uses yellow braided line (main line obviously) because he can see it better.

Steven Free
3 years ago

Very true I love 20lb powepro it’s about 6 lb test diameter and a Berkley 20lb invisoline flourocarbon leader unless I’m fishing with my 2 ultralight outfits that have both 10lb on them I always use 20lb it’s super thin but yet not to thin and plenty strong works for me😁

Gary Rankel
3 years ago

I go super light with 8 lb braid for all occasions. I don’t do docks, and my only line breaks have occurred when fish at the end of my line took it over oyster bars (which would have severed much stronger lines).

Steven Free
3 years ago
Reply to  Gary Rankel

Wow no docks huh sounds to me like your missing out on a lot of great areas especially in the heat of summer different strokes for different folks i guess

Gary Rankel
3 years ago
Reply to  Steven Free

Steve…we don’t have many docks up here in the Crystal River area except in the more populated rivers and bays. I prefer getting out in the boonies and escaping civilization whenever possible. My best days are when I see loads of snook and reds while seeing no humans.
3 years ago

If your top guide on your run breaks just buy a new one


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