Choosing the Proper Line
Way back when fishing on Alabama Gulf Coast’s fishing was in its infancy, anglers had very few choices when it came to fishing line.
Back in the 50s, that line was made of Dacron. Monofilament finally came along and gave anglers a much wider range of line weights to target different fish species.
In the late 80s another innovation added braided line, called Spectra or Dyneema, depending on where it was manufactured.
Nowadays, anglers have unbelievable arrays of fishing lines to choose from, including the so-called superlines that are thermally fused, etc.
The near zero stretch of lines made with Spectra or Dyneema changed fishing for many people because the line transmits every nibble to your hands, which means you miss fewer bites. It, however, makes the anglers consider drag settings carefully because the lack of stretch can often rip the hook out of the fish’s mouth if the drag is not set properly.
One braided line, Power Pro, set the standards for saltwater anglers, and the brand dominated the braid market for many years. Power Pro designed its Spectra line to feel smooth to the touch, which means this line won’t cut your guides, and with less friction it will cast farther. It will also enhance knot performance and will lay better on the spool, which will also help increase casting distance.
Another braided line, Tuf-Line XP, incorporates aerospace technology to make what it considers a better braid. The line is braided under high tension to make the line more compact with a rounder profile than the competition. This construction is smaller in diameter, offers better knot performance, longer casts, reduces rod tip wraps, packs better on reels and has a higher abrasion resistance. A proprietary coating is permanently bonded to the fibers for longtime usage with no shedding.
Momoi’s Hi-Catch Diamond line is one of the most popular monofilament lines on the Gulf Coast. The tougher finish offers superior abrasion resistance for extreme conditions. New formulation offers tensile strengths up to 200 percent of stated line tests for the same diameter line. Superior knot strength and abrasion resistance are two of the most critical factors in choosing a monofilament.
When it comes to monofilament, Trilene’s Big Game has been around for long time. From tuna to tarpon, Trilene Big Game is specially formulated for reduced friction, it passes through the guides with little effort for longer, smoother casts. And it has the shock absorption to withstand hit after hit from big, hard-striking saltwater species.