Another option that many anglers are using is braided lines, which are mostly made of braided Spectra fibers. Power Pro was one of the first companies to produce braided fishing line and it has a significant following.
I have Power Pro spooled on several of my inshore fishing reels simply because of the sensitivity of the line. You can feel every nibble or soft strike. Many strikes that I might miss with monofilament, I can feel with the braided line and set the hook. One word of caution, though. Braided line has almost zero stretch, so make sure you have your drag set properly with a suitable fishing rod with a little flex in the tip.
Most of my experience has been inshore fishing. Therefore, if you’re headed offshore with your own equipment, I recommend you head to one of the several quality bait and tackle shops on the Alabama Gulf Coast, like J&M Tackle, Sam’s Stop and Shop or the Rod Room, to get their advice. They also have bulk spools of a variety of fishing lines. They will charge you only for the line that fills the spools of your reels with the proper line for the species of fish you’re targeting.
When it comes to the size of fishing line, I know a few anglers who will use a 4-pound test when fishing for whiting in the surf. You’ll get more bites using small lines at the risk of losing a fish or two.
My inshore reels are spooled with 10- to 15-pound-test lines, depending on where I’m fishing. If there is little structure in the area, I’ll go with a light line. If I’m fishing structure with barnacles, I’ll move up in line size.
Spool up with fresh fishing line and get ready for a new year of fishing on Alabama’s beautiful Gulf Coast.