Mono vs Braid? My Personal Choice

Do you enjoy a lively debate? Join the Facebook Group: Surf Fishing North Carolina and ask the members if they prefer monofilament fishing line or braided fishing line. You will read pros and cons from both sides of the argument, usually with wording as colorful as the lines they support. I find some fishermen’s pros are another fisherman’s cons. The fishermen that like mono, list line stretch as a pro; the fishermen that like braid hate mono because of the line stretch. Mono is less visible than braid underwater, braid users targeting red drum will counter that red drum are not sight feeders and do not care about line visibility. Mono users list wind knots as a reason not to use braid, braid users claim wind knots are a result of skill level and therefore those that complain of wind knots are less skilled fishermen. Point and counterpoint, mono vs braid users come off like the old SNL skit featuring Dan Aykroyd and Jane Curtain as newscasters presenting two sides of a story.

If you are wondering, I fall into the monofilament camp. I like the stretch, I like that it is easier on the fingers, I like the way it holds knots, and mostly, I like the cost. Notice, I didn’t say I like the fact mono is less visible than braid – why? I always use Fluorocarbon shock leaders. Fluorocarbon is expensive, that runs against my inclination to spend little money, however the added cost is worth it. Fluorocarbon is less visible in water than monofilament line. The line diameter is smaller than monofilament when lines of equal breaking strength are compared. It is more abrasive resistant than mono, this helps when dealing with toothy fish or fish with sharp scaley bodies. It handles the shock of the cast better than monofilament as well. I have been told that Fluorocarbon does not hold knots as well as monofilament. Strictly speaking, from my point of view, I can not tell much of a difference in that regard.

Recently, we ran a “favorite fishing line” poll with the members of the Facebook Group: Surf Fishing North Carolina. The top five are: 1) Power Pro 2) Berkley Trilene 3) Suffix Titanium 4) Berkley Pro Spec Chrome 5) Stren High Impact

Power Pro

Berkley Trilene

Suffix Tritanium

ProSpec Chrome

Stren High Impact

What do I spool my surf fishing reels with? For such a simple question, there is no simple answer. I wish I could say there was tournament quality line on my reels, however that is not the case. I can not really say I am brand loyal. I usually try to weigh cost versus performance and go with what I can afford. I did a quick survey and most of my reels have 20lb Berkley Trilene Big Game Mono as the main line and 40lb Fluorocarbon as the shock-leader. Some of the spare spools for my Mitchell’s are filled with 15lb Stren High Impact. Most of my surf fishing rods are medium-heavy action rods ranging in the 8 to 10-1/2 foot range. I do have some longer rods with the longest being 15 feet, however I really am not comfortable with anything over twelve feet. The reels I couple with those rods are spooled up with 20lb mono as well – the exception being a Daiwa Emblem XT with some 30lb Ande Pink. I have some 25lb Cajun Red in one of my tackle boxes, however it is still in its wrapper.

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