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Spinnerbaits: Choosing the Right Line

By Nic DiGravio

Choosing the right rod and reel for the right spinnerbait is definitely important, but having the proper line can make all the difference in the world!

When we strive to get that all-important arch for sensitivity in our rods, line selection can either hinder or magnify our detection of hits.  If we think about it for a minute it all starts to make sense!

Monofilament has stretch capabilities in its make-up so, in turn; it should enhance our rod arch sensitivity, right!  Yes, it will, and because of its elasticity, rods can be beefed up a bit to make up for it.  When setting the hook with a slightly stiffer rod the shock absorbing monofilament line will help in bringing the Bass to the boat or shore.  Good quality mono here is a must because loosing a good Bass can mean loosing our mind!

Braided line is also handy in that the Bass is surely going in the live well!  By using braid we can sacrifice our arch of sensitivity making our rod selection that much more important.  Using a stiffer rod here will result in lost fish by pulling the bait right out of the Bass’ mouth.  By using the lighter action rod, the arch of sensitivity is not sacrificed.  As a mater of fact, the braided line will magnify sensitivity immensely because of its low stretch characteristic.

When decisions are made in line selection I try to make it as simple as possible.  When fishing rocky bays or slow rolling spinnerbaits in 10 to 12 feet of relatively snag free water, monofilament line in 12lb test is a good choice.  For burning spinnerbaits through thick and shallow weed growth I like to use 15lb test braided line.  It really helps slice through the weeds and give me confidence in bringing the Bass in.  Slow rolling heavy weighted spinnerbaits in deeper water sometimes calls for 20lb braid, but this is where the thinner 15lb braid shines too. It cuts through the deeper water column to get the spinnerbait down to the bottom, in a hurry, and stay there.  Also, warmer water is denser so 15lb test braid is again, an asset.

Fluorocarbon can be used as a main line in gin clear water and as leader material.  Its low stretch characteristic has its advantages as well as its invisible traits.  When slow rolling I will use a 20lb fluorocarbon leader tied to the braid just for the simple fact that hang ups are freed much more easily.  By tugging with the rod and reel aimed straight at the snag, the knots or the fluorocarbon line itself will break free leaving the braid fully intact, without the spinnerbait, of course.  A snag in deep water with braid is tough to undo and leaving 15’ of it dangling in 20’ of water just doesn’t sit right in my stomach.  Keeping the environment in mind is paramount in situations like this so the fluorocarbon leader is a must for me.

I have experimented with many different lines in many different circumstances.  Braid, monofilament and fluorocarbon all have their place.  Now, the right spinnerbait and the right combo are complimented with the right line!

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