The most important link between success and failure

There has always been a thin line between success and failure in everything we do in life. This really comes to life in fishing as the on thin link between success and failure is fishing. It doesn’t matter whether it’s freshwater, saltwater or ice fishing your fishing line be it a monofilament, fluorocarbon or a braided line it is the most important link between you and the fish you’re after. Picking the correct line for the job will help put you on the side of more success than failure. You can have the best rod and reel setup with the perfect bait with the sharpest hooks and if you’ve got the wrong size line or old week line spooled up you are setup for failure before you make the first cast. Starting with the easiest solution to keeping you on the straight line to success is keep your line fresh. This is a two-step process by first respooling your most often used rods frequently now this can be each week, once a month or if it’s a braid every couple of years. Many of the pros will have you believing you need to change it after every use which simply isn’t true. Even if I am fishing a tournament I will generally prefish or practice with the same line over 3 days and put fresh line on the most used rods the night before. Now if I happen to get backlash, yes I said backlash, in one even if I was able to get it out easily I will respool that one because it will get a kink in it and that will become extremely weak and break easily. The second step is to keep extra line stored in a cool, dark and dry place like the basement. Heat and ultraviolet light are the two biggest enemies of fishing line especially mono’s and fluorocarbons.

The second key to a straight line to success is to use the correct line type and size for the technique and lures you are using. You don’t want to use a mono for deep cranking or 10lb test for flipping bushes. For starters let’s look at panfishing like sunfish, redear and crappies. Here you are going to use light lures meaning light line. For most general purposes we are going to be using a monofilament in the 4-8lb test line like Sunline’s super natural. Another option here is using a 10lb braid with a monofilament or fluorocarbon. Both of these are great for use on spin cast or spinning reels for line management of light line. These setups can also be crossed over to shaky head fishing for bass, jigging blade baits for stripes and yellow bass and jigging live bait for walleyes and sauger. If you are chasing after largemouth and smallmouth bass new tools will come into use from baitcaster rod, reels and heavier lures anywhere from 1/8 to 3ozs. From topwater baits to crankbaits that dive 20+ feet deep along with the now famous A-rig with 3+ baits on one rig. With all the different options and techniques that bass fishing offers comes the need for many different line sizes and types. Starting with topwater baits here we are going to use monofilaments 90% of the time due to its floating properties. We also will use monofilament for shallow cranking for the same purpose as it will help float a squarebill out of a tree top. As we move to spinnerbaits and diving crankbaits you are going to want to use a fluorocarbon line like Assassin FC or Sniper FC as it has lower stretch and will sink helping keep the bait on the bottom. Speaking of bottom baits you will also want to use a fluorocarbon line with your Texas rig worms, Carolina rigs and jigs techniques. Because of their low stretch it makes them much more sensitive than a monofilament and with its heavier properties make the line sink and help keep the bait on the bottom. Now if we are fishing vegetation like I do on Lake Okeechobee during the winter I am going to switch over to Sunline’s SX 1. I am going to use the braid whether fishing spares cover or punching heavy mats as it has basically zero stretch and will cut through most vegetation on the hookset and or while fighting the fish which will prevent the fish from wrapping up and getting off.

As you can see there is a fine line between success and failure in fishing and it all comes down to the line on your reel. With the tips I’ve giving you here and adjusting them to what you are doing you too can tip the odds in your favor of succeeding on the water.