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Does Line really matter when crappie fishing?

dmount's picture

By dmount - Posted on 26 January 2011

Do you guys/girls find yourself catching more fish by using a certian line? I'm using 8lb mono and doing ok with it, but ok is not good enough, I've read alot about camo line red line green line, heck i think they even make a red white and blue line!! Fluorocarbons, Monoi's Braids and yes even hybrids. I'm just looking to help out my catch and advice is a great thing. thanks yet again

Ray's picture

First yes I absolutely think line choice makes a difference in the number of fish I catch... (At times)
In other words the fishing conditions really determine how important the fishing line is.
Example: Hand poling in clear lakes I have seen a 4lb Fluorocarbon our perform Monoi and braid by a long shot.
Now in muddy water at Grenada I will go to a 6lb braid just for strength.
Pulling cranks I like a good 12lb mono.
Slow trolling I like a 10 lb mono with double hook rigs tied with 6lb fluorocarbon.
I guess in the end I lean toward the safe side and chose a line with the least visibility usually 6lb Berkley Vanish but I hate a cheap line with memory so I avoid those at all cost. I like the fluorocarbons for their strength as well. I have broke off very few crappiei after I switched and I do not have to re-tie nearly as often.


danny malone's picture

dmount, you might use the "search" box and then type line then look at an old post from Ray and maybee other opionions, danny.

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