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