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
|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.