Bass fishing?

Question by kracker3977: Bass fishing?
When Bass fishing does it really matter the size of your line? Weather it be in the river or in a big lake?

I have been Bass fishing for about 20 years now and I already know the answer to this. I just want to know your opinion.

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Answer by nucksfan
Here is my opinion. Any sap can go out on the weekend and cast whatever he’s got around. But… If you are serious about Bass Fishing or any other type of fishing for that matter, you will be prepared for the circumstances (i.e. several spools of line ready to go for different circumstances) Do I need #25 test to catch a one pound bass in a small northern lake, with almost no cover? No, definately not. Is this more trouble than a lighter line? Yes, definately. However, there are situations that I think warrant using big stuff like that, for instance when you are looking for the biggest southern bass you can find, and you are working thick cover, and need something that will cut the brush and pull through for you. Overall, my opinion is that you use the test of line for what you expect to catch. If I know that there aren’t any 10 pound fish in the lake I intend to fish, than I am not going to use big line, because if you are sport fishing, you want the sport of lighter line and a better fight. Just my two cents.

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5 Responses to “Bass fishing?”

  1. GoldenFeather says:

    I have 6 bait casters spooled with 14 # line, 2 with 12#, & 2 with 10# for deep ( 12′ +) crankbaits
    One spinning rod with 10# and 2 with 8#.

    I have caught bass in the spring in a clear highland lake on 14# line.
    I have come to figure out 14# line is a good all around line, unless you are going to be using finesse baits.
    The lowest I go is in the winter, using float and fly, for SM is 8#.
    To me with my experience in Ky, Tn, Oh, In., 14# works great for all around fishing.
    But what line a person uses depends a lot on where they fish, and their style of fishing.
    Guess some people are as of yet not awaree of florocarbon, it basically disapears in water.
    The only thing I worry about with line size is the resistance it has in the water, and yes I use nothing but florocarbon line.
    Sunline and Vicious.
    Florocarbon does not stretch as bad as mono and is more abrasion resistant.

  2. Aaron says:

    For people like me, i could care less what line i have on, i catch big ones on it. Im not pro, nor are half the people on here, so not too many people care whats in the reel. It does matter if you are tourney fishing or pro id say. Bass can see thick line or the outline if the weather and sun are right.

  3. Captain Ding Dong says:

    I don’t know too much about river fishing, but I do know about fishing lakes. I use a low visability Trilene and/or Big Game line. What I’m chunkin’ at tha fish determines what kind of line I pick. If I’m running banks tossin Rattle Traps I use 17 lb. because after a couple of hundred casts your arm can feel the difference. I do this even in heavy cover. If I’m back in a creek pitchin a jig I might have 25 lb. Big Game, but early in the morning throwin’ a buzzbait is just magic to my ears and if I’m lucky, the bass likes it too.

  4. sexy bass fisherman says:

    I am very picky about my line, i wont use under 10 lb test for bass fishing. Why? Just in case i do get the trophy bass hooked i will get him to the boat. Does it really matter what size the line is? NO. Even though some lures work better with with certain line, the size of line you think you need is just a matter of opinion. You can catch bass on 4 lb line or 50 lb. If you watch Fishing with Roland Martin, he did an episode with ray scott (founder of B.A.S.S.) and ray scott put the challenge of bass fishing with 4 lb line and light tackle and they were bring in bass 5 pounds to 8 pounds.

    this was a fun question! you get to see peoples opinions and how they differ from each other.

  5. BASS Fisherman says:

    You certainly want line to have adequate strength to do the job you require. But strength is a multi-point issue. You must have good knot strength or the pound test of a line means nothing. This is not only governed by the inherent properties of the line you use, but also how well you can repetitively tie a highly efficient knot. A good, reproducible, knot doesn’t have to be complex. In fact a Palomar can be taught to anyone in a short period of time and is highly reproducible. While it takes a little more practice, a Trilene knot once mastered is a 95 percent efficient knot with each tie.
    The other side of the coin is that the inherent strength of the line is only as good as its abrasion resistance unless you plan to fish in open water. Thus a very thin monofilament is much less forgiving of a nick than a thicker equal pound test product that wears better. Both the major companies offer a more durable product. Stren Super Tough is billed as having added tensile strength and heavier break load, while Berkley Big Game started as a saltwater product that caught on with bass fishermen because of both the cost efficient packaging and its durability in rough abrasive conditions.

    It was about an hour before time leave for weigh-in and I had one little dink in the livewell. I’d been casting this crankbait o long I was sure I would be sore when Tuesday got here. We had pre-fished the day before the tournament and had talked. A friend “owed” me some information due to the fact that I had shared my pattern with him at the last lake we had fished. He showed me exactly the crankbait that had worked on pre-fish day, I verified this by seeing the teeth marks and missing paint. He even gave me part of the water, and said there were plenty of fish for both us both. A fellow can’t have a better friend than this. As I said, I had watched him throw this particular Bandit medium-diving crankbait and catch fish on it all day. He finished in second place that day and while we both tried to figure out what I was doing wrong, I happened to ask him what size line he was using. He said, “You know I never use anything heavier than 10- pound in the spring when the water is this clear.”
    We were both using 7-foot Enders Rods, medium action, Shimano Chronarch reels, and the exact same crankbait. Not to speak of the extra 15 yards in distance he gained by using the 10-pound line. It’s all in the diameter of the line and how much resistance it has with the water. His crankbait had been ticking the top of the grass in 12 feet of water and the fish were in the grass. They just wouldn’t go the extra two feet toward the surface to get my lure. I had made the wrong line selection.
    At the other end of the spectrum was the trip to Sam Rayburn, pre-fishing for the Honey Hole Team Championship held there a few years back. Neither I nor my partner knew anything about how to catch the fish in the grass that everyone had talked about for two months prior to the tournament. So we sprung for a guide trip two weeks before the cut off date. Using a local guide on a foreign lake is a common practice for tournament fishermen. It teaches you the technique, shows you what pattern will work, and all of the guides I’ve ever fished with have been more than helpful as to what they think it will take to win. The only drawback is, don’t try to use the exact water he fishes because chances are you are not the only one that knows where his fish are. Use what he teaches you and find your own water, that is similar to his in as many ways as possible.
    Okay, back to the line size lesson. He told me to bring a Carolina rig, a wacky worm rig and a good stout rod. We started out the day catching a few wacky worm fish out in the sparse grass beds scattered outside the main grass mat. I had 12-pound test on that rod and it worked fine. For the rest of the day I got to feel the bites, but never got to see the fish that he said it would take to win the tournament. He was rigging a giant salt craw on a 5/0 hook and a 1/2-ounce worm weight, or a 3/4-ounce black blue purple jig with the back half salt craw on it for a trailer. He would nose the boat up on the edge of the grass and pitch at the smallest holes in the mat. He would feed the jig enough line to let it go to the bottom, jig it twice, pull up and pitch to another hole. He had two big fish in the boat in less than 30 minutes, and said, “I just wanted to show you they were here.” Then we left. He was fishing a brand of that fancy new spectra fiber line in 50-pound strength just couldn’t make myself put that on my reel.
    For the tournament I had rigged up a 7-foot jig rod that had about the same action as a pool cue. I had dug out one of my old Ambassador 5000 C’s from the late 70’s, cleaned her up put it on my pool cue, tightened down the drag with a set of industrial vise grips, spooled up with 20-pound mono and I was ready.
    We started out tournament morning with a plastic twitch bait I had found to work, then caught one more fish on that blamed wacky worm. We had three fish in the livewell. It was 10:00 a.m. and time to go to the jig fish and put a couple of kickers in the box.
    We went to the guide’s water and sure enough no one was in sight. I nosed the boat to the mat and hadn’t been fishing 10 minutes when the first fish bit. I set the hook and, as instructed, I was holding her head up and was bringing her to the top. I got to see her head before she turned and straight down she went. That 20-pound line sounded like a 22 rifle shot when it broke. I settled myself down from that and after a thorough butt chewing from my partner decided I would not put quite as much pressure on the next fish.
    Okay it’s 11:30, I’ve got plenty of time to catch two more fish so back to work I go. The next fish that bit took the salt craw and headed to China before it had sank two feet. I reared back and set the hook, but I didn’t pull quite as hard on her as I had the first one. She made a big circle under the water before I got her up and there was no way to get her and three square yards of hydrilla in the boat.
    I had now lost two good fish that might not have won the tournament but would have sure got us a nice check. All due to my line size selection. We had driven 400 miles, rented a room for four days, bought a guide and pooped off a tournament, cause I didn’t consider line size.
    I’ve made these two examples, but we haven’t even considered underwater visibility yet. If you fish clear water, you are constantly aware of whether or not the fish can see the line under the water. I personally believe if I can see the line under the water, so can the fish. I don’t, and won’t use, florescent coated line because the ultraviolet light that makes line florescent penetrates water to a certain depth. I know you boys that fish rootbeer-colored water or muddy water 80 percent of the time don’t understand this, but anything we can do to keep the fish from knowing whether our lure is real or not matters. For me this is a confidence thing, and confidence is one of the most important tools in your boat. If you are confident with line that you can see, this is your choice.
    There are as many brand names of line these days as there are lure companies and each of us have our favorite, but take a new look. They have all made an effort to improve their products. The newest trend is in the fluorocarbon market. The chemical structure of fluorocarbon is that under water it literally disappears. Pure fluorocarbon line is strong, has little stretch but tends to be stiff and has a bit too much memory “slinky action” for me, not to speak of the cost. However, a few of the line manufacturers have found a way to put a fluorocarbon coating on their line achieving the advantage of being invisible underwater without the bad characteristics of the pure stuff.
    Fishermen’s views of braided line are much like spinach. You either love it or you hate it. Braided line has also made many advances since first introduced a few years ago as a sort of hybrid kite string. It was costly when first introduced and was suspected to be hard on equipment. In certain situations it would not break and had no stretch, but if you didn’t tie the right knot would “untie” itself from your lure. It became very popular with muddy-water fishermen and people who fished heavy weed beds or heavy wood cover. The manufacturers have made improvements here, too. They have made the line easier to tie a knot in, available in many different colors yet still able to keep the no-stretch, no-break advantages as well as not as abrasive on fishing equipment.
    The bottom line is, line choice does matter and we all have to be versatile enough to pick the right line in the right situation every time we go to the water. It’s very simple, read the information about each type of line and use the qualities it has to apply to your fishing techniques and you will be much better off in the long run. Pay attention to what other people tell you about the types of line they use and don’t forget some rod manufacturers like Enders even recommend the proper pound tests for specific rods, which is a big help.
    I hope this has helped you see, you really do have the ability to create your own luck.

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