Braided line is line that has real Muscle for fishing the waters of the Florida Keys
Braided line was once thought to be a fad. It has caught on and is getting more popular with all types of anglers. Remember when changing your fishing line was a choice of what brand to use and how much breaking strength the line needed to be, not any more now you have to choose between braid and mono or both.
Braided line made up of many fibers that have been woven together into a single strand. It’s then coated and spooled up into fishing line. All these fibers are made by two companies DMS in the Netherlands make Dyneema and Honeywell USA makes Spectra. All fishing line companies that sell braid line use the same Dyneema or Spectra materials. The only difference in the individual companies line is the different way each braid is laid up and the coating and colors used. This material is also used to make bullet proof vests.
Braided line is a lot thinner than monofilament. Twenty pound test braid is the same size as six pound test monofilament and 130 pound test braid is the same size as 40 pound test mono. This allows you to have lots more line on the reel when it comes to going after those really big gamefish such as Marlin and Swordfish . You can fill an 80-pound-class reel with 130-pound braid then top it off with 200 to 300 yards of 80 pound mono tied with a double uni knot. This gives you 1400 yards on the spool of the reel as compared with 200 yards of mono alone.
The structure of this line allows it to lay evenly on the spool. It is abrasion resistant and can stand up to being rubbed on rocks and coral. This line is very sensitive, you can feel every bump when the bait is hit. It has low memory so it stays limp this allows you to cast farther and easier. When fishing deep water you know exactly when you hit the bottom, and the hookset is instant because there is no slack to take up and no stretch like when fishing with monofilament. All you need to do for a solid hook up is rear back on the rod, you’re already tight to the fish. Now just keep reelin’ it in.
You might notice a humming that you don’t get with mono when you’re reeling in fast. It makes this hum as it passes thru the rod guides. Not to worry it doesn’t do any damage or wear to them. But on the other hand, if braided line is rubbing on the side of the boat as your pulling that big fish in it will saw right into the fiberglass.
When you get snagged on the bottom, forget wrapping the line around your hand to break it. It will cut right into your flesh, so be careful. You’ll need to wrap it around something solid like the handle of your gaff. You’re going to have to try and break it at the swivel or hope the hook straightens and you get your favorite plug back. If this fails, you can always just cut the line.
Braided line doesn’t fish as well for fish that hit hard and run such as Wahoo and Tuna unless you learn to fish with the drag set a whole lot less than you would have it set with mono. This lighter drag setting helps make up for the absence of stretch that mono has. Otherwise, the hook will pull right out of the fish’s mouth. Another reason to fish with the drag at a light setting is to keep the braid from getting buried in the spool. You won’t know the line is buried until you make your next cast. On that cast when the line gets to the point where the line is buried you are about to have the granddaddy of backlashes that you’ve ever witnessed. Now you get to stop fishing for a while and rethink why you ever switched from mono to braid in the first place as you trying to undo the mess you created. You’ll soon discover that it’s not as easy as it is with mono. The knots are much smaller and the braid doesn’t slide very easily. Sometimes all you can do it cut it off and respool with new line. So remember do not set the drag heavy when using braid line.
There have been so many anglers with complaints of the braided line getting buried that one reel manufacturer listened and designed a reel especially for use with braided line. The gear and the wind are different. Instead of winding the line stacked onto itself this reel winds the line in a criss cross pattern.
The ideal rod for fishing braid line needs to have a fast taper. It needs to be able to take the “U” bend. You’ll want to avoid medium heavy and heavy weight rods. The flex in the tip acts like a shock absorber and helps to make up for the lack of stretch in the line when the fish hits.
Get ready to polish up on your knot tying skills. The knots I recommend when tying braided line directly to tackle are the Palomar or Uni knot. And the one I recommend for tying braid to mono is a Uni to Uni knot. In the knot tying instructions that came with my PowerPro line they recommend that you put the line thru the eye of the tackle twice, double your line before tying it, use a glove to avoid getting cut by the line when tightening the knot and to spit on the knot before tightening it. They advise against using a clinch knot because it will slip on PowerPro line.
Here’s where you can learn how to tie lots of different knots.
I’m backing my fifty-pound test mono with 300 yards of fifty pound test braided line on my 50W Penn Internationals. With this I plan to explore the deep rock piles and ledges beginning at 200 feet of water. I want to try for some world records on large grouper , tile fish, rose fish, barrel fish or any other species of fish that happens to get onto my hook. All these fish are caught regularly here in the Florida Keys, but they're fishing them with electric and deep drop reels. To get a world record you have to manually reel it in yourself. And since no one is doing this the fish doesn’t have to be that large to set a record. I’m going to begin this in spring and summer when the wind lays down. I’ll keep you updated on this website as to what I’m catching and if there’s any pending world records. Wish me luck!
Since I wrote this page two new braided lines have come onto the market. One is "PowerPro Red Phantom Line", it's claimed to be nearly invisible in water. Red is the first color in the color spectrum to disappear under water. It disappears at a depth of 15 feet. The other new line is "Berkley Fireline Crystal." It's white when dry, but wet it and it's translucence rivals that of monofilament. It has an extra smooth finish so it outcasts mono by a long shot, and it has zero stretch. I would like to see these lines beside each other in the water and draw my own conclusion.
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