Friday, April 16, 2021

A Beginner’s Guide to Fishing Lines




When I’m taking someone out for their first fishing trip, I’m often asked what gear I recommend them purchasing. This is a complicated question and the answer depends on numerous factors. So I thought I’d put together a guide of some of the basics of fishing gear to help you understand what to invest in. Today I’ll be discussing the types of fishing lines and their uses. Types of Fishing Lines

There are four main types of material used for fishing line. Each material offers different advantages and disadvantages and is tailored for the water conditions and type of fish. The most important thing you need to know about fishing lines is what works in one situation may not work in another, so there is no “best” fishing line. Here is a simple introductory guide to the four types of fishing lines: Monofilament: Monofilament is the most popular type of fishing line. It grips well and is less likely to slip within a knot. Monofilament is also harder for line shy fish to detect. Monofilament is also very stretchy, which is great for throwing topwater lures. However, once stretched can stay that way causing issue when reeling. Also, it’s not very sensitive, so you can miss subtle and softer strikes. Braided: Braided lines are made from either Dyneema or Spectra, which are braided together. These high tech fibers are extremely strong and very sensitive, with fisherman feeling every move of the lure. Braided line can be fused or unfused, both are equally strong but unfused are softer. Braided line has less grip than other options so it’s recommended that anglers spool first with monofilament to prevent slipping. The biggest downside is that braided line is opaque and can scare line shy fish in clear water. Fluorocarbon: Fluorocarbon is a very strong line that has the same reflect qualities of water, so it’s very hard for line shy fish to detect because it disappears visually underwater. There’s less stretch and more sensitivity, so it’s easy to feel any obstacles, strikes, or changes to the bait. However, at the end of a cast it can shoot off the reel and cause a massive tangle of line. So it’s great for baitcasting and leaders, but has some problems jumping off. Nanofil: Nanofil is made with the same fiber materials as braided lines, but is extremely thin. It’s a very strong line and is great for long distance casting.



It also easy casts of the spinning reel so it’s also idea clear shallow waters. I personally like using this line for redfish. However, the thinness of the line causes some failures. The line is prone to breakage from friction and it damages easily from nicks and scratches. Choosing a Line

Now that we have the basics down, you’ll just have to choose a line that’s right for you and your application. So think about what you really want from your line in terms of strength and sensitivity, then consider what kind you need for your target fish. If you have any questions, I can help guide you depending on where we are going and what catch is available at that time. There are some other considerations like weight and color, but knowing the types of lines available is a great place to start! Keep in mind that if you are interested in learning more about fishing in our area, it’s best to hire a professional guide before going out on your own to gain local knowledge of tackle, baits, areas to fish, local regulations, and more. Send us an email or give us a call to schedule an “on the water” educational fishing charter.

Captain Rapps’ Charters & Guides offers expert guided, light tackle, near shore, and backwater fishing trips in the 10,000 Islands of the Everglades National Park, and tarpon-only charters in the Florida Keys. Capt. Rapps’ top-notch team accommodates men, women and children of all ages, experienced or not, and those with special needs. Between their vast knowledge and experience of the area, and easygoing demeanors, you are guaranteed to have a great day. Book your charter 24/7 using the online booking calendar, see Capt. Rapps’ first class web site at, or call 239-571-1756.

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