Hi Dave, my name is John and I’m set to go out bass fishing with a cousin and some of his friends. They’re much more experienced than me, and I don’t want to get it from the guys for not knowing what line to use. Is there any chance you could help me out? Thanks, John.
I just recently got this email from a reader, and so I thought I would cover the subject as best I could. John – I hope this helps.
Different Types Of Line
Typically these lines all have different characteristics which make them more or less suited to different situations and even fish.
Lines aren’t typically created for fishing specific fish, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t a type of line that’s better for bass when compared to other lines.
Fishing Line For Bass – What’s Best?
My preference when bass fishing is going for something strong like a Braided line. That being said, it can be absolute overkill if you’re not going for the biggest bass possible. Which let’s face it, isn’t really in our control.
Monofilament can be a useful line since it’s better than Braided for fishing with topwater lures. Which in themselves are popular when fishing for bass.
Most Popular 2019: PowerPro Spectra Fiber Braided Fishing Line
The most popular line I’ve seen being recommended in 2019 for bass fishing is the PowerPro Spectra Fiber Braided Line.
Ideal for fishing in heavy cover, the abrasion resistance makes it a great line to have when you’re fishing for bass. It’s known for having a very good strength/diameter ratio. This is obviously ideal for spool packing and adds to its usefulness in heavy cover.
It’s a good blend and the affordability is great for a braided line. I can see why it’s so popular and if your budget allows it then you should grab it as a good line to take with you.
Monofilament: Berkley Trilene XL
I’ve recommended this line before and it’s amazing. I’m always excited to use it and it’s always been a pleasure to work with.
The main benefit to fishing with a monofilament line when it comes to bass, is that it’s going to float better than other types of line. Making it ideal for lures.
Recently the brand have improved this line which is ideal and keeps it modern and relevant. So if you have this line already but it’s a few years old you should be replacing it. The newer, greater than ever and most improved features of this line is the knot strength. With 20% greater knot strength it actually makes it better for bass fishing than ever.
I know I’ve said it elsewhere, but this line casts extremely smoothly. I do recommend it if you want more flexibility and some extra give from your line.
Braided: Spiderwire Zilla Braid
In my review of this line, I had said it’s one of the strongest lines that I’ve ever used and that it’s ideal for big fish.
Well that’s true and it’s my go-to line for bass fishing. Like I said earlier in this article – my preference is braided line for bass. This one is definitely the best braided fishing line for bass.
Just like with my sentiment about the most popular line this year, this has all the same benefits. It’s just slightly more expensive. The quality of the line is great for heavy cover and the abrasion resistance is actually better than the PowerPro which is why I’ve recommended this line elsewhere on the site.
So Dave, What’s Your Go To Line For Bass?
My go-to is the Spiderwire Zila Braid. However all the lines I’ve recommended will be good for bass fishing. As usual, the best line is situation specific and goal specific. I hope this gives you enough information to make an informed choice! Good luck!