Fishing line is a essential part of any fishing and it’s origin can be dated back to 2000BC when it was first created out of platted horse hair and silk. Since then fishing has come a long way with monofilament, fluorocarbon and braided fishing lines being introduced into the fishing scene. Fishing line not comes in different materials it comes in different weight classes, line diameter and colours which leads some anglers believe that certain colour lines work better than others. With so many fishing lines on today market how do you know which fishing line will best suit your fishing needs?
Monofilament and Fluorocarbon are both quite similar they are made by heating polymers and fluropolymers for fluorocarbon and stretching them through small holes to create the line. Fluorocarbon and mono both hold similar characteristics, the line can stretch, has a memory, turns clear in the water and has a higher abrasion resistance then braided lines. The main difference between mono and fluoro is its density and clarity, fluoro will sink in the water and appear less visible while mono will float and will appear slightly less visible. Mono and fluorocarbon is excellent for the everyday angler and anglers that like to fish with bait. Mono and fluorocarbon is less expensive than braided lines and due its fantastic clear quality in the water is excellent for bait fishing. It allows the bait to look more natural in the water and it’s harder for the fish to see greatly decreasing the chance of spooking any fish that swim over to inspect your bait. Mono and Fluoro lines can be better in some cases when targeting offshore species due to its ability to stretch. Having a line that stretches takes a bit of stress off the knots, rod and anglers making a fight with a big fish a bit more smooth. Allowing the line to stretch will lessen the chance of pulling hooks it allows the fish shake its head while the line stretches back and forth maintaining a constant tension on the hooks. When it comes to colours there’s just about every colour under the rainbow out there with some anglers believe pink line catches more fish while other believe yellow is more productive. When comes down to purchasing a line any colour will work but try to find a line that has only a slight tinge of colour to it. This allows you to see the line clearly when it’s out of the water and when it goes into the water become s crystal clear so you’re getting the beast of both worlds .
Braid lines have recently made their way back into the market since there early beginnings. Braided lines have many different characteristics compare to mono and fluoro fishing lines. Braided lines have a much greater braking strength and often exceed their rated braking strains that are label on the packets. Braid lines hold no memory so they flex and move around without being kinked or weaken but this also makes tying nots a little more difficult because it does not cut in on itself like mono and fluoro. Braided lines are excellent anglers that love to get out there and flick lures around due to its no stretch ability. Having no stretch allows anglers to feel the strikes better and gives the lure a slightly better action too when jigging soft plastics. Braided lines tend to have a much thinner diameter too allowing lures to dive a bit deeper than mono and fluoro. Braided lines main down fall is it’s clarity in the water because it can be seen by fish which can spook them when they inspect the bait. To get around this anglers often tie a fluoro leader on the braid line to give the lure a more natural look. So whether you are a dedicated lure angler or a just love to get on the water and wet a line there’s a fishing line on the market to suit your needs to help you catch that fish of a lifetime.
Berkley Fire line has been a stand out braid that has been fused together to create a stronger, thinner fishing line. The new Berkley fire line Exceed is the latest range of fire lines from Berkley being made of fused PE braid. Exceed boast to be a thinner, stronger and more sensitive fire line that can be cast further and stand up to higher strains of abrasion against structure. This new Fire Line Exceed has received some good feedback from local soft plastic anglers that have been using the braid for the past few months and have yet to fault this new fused PE braid.
Blake Swanepoel caught this 60cm flathead on a soft plastic lure with 4lb braid line showing how braided line can work wonders when lure fishing.
Peter Bartesck with 61cm flathead which took a well present flesh bait, thanks to having mono line he was able to pull the fish up onto the jetty with help from the stretch of the line.
The new Berkley Fire line Exceed.