The type and strength of your fishing line will depend on the type of fishing and where you are fishing.
Finesse Style Fishing (Artificial Lures & Live Baits)
If you are fishing up north or on bodies of water where most of the bass you are going to catch will be under 3 pounds and there aren’t a ton of snags around, you can get away with using line in the 6 to 10 pound test range. For clear water, you may have to go with 6 to 8 pound line to get bites. 10 pound test line works for most situations where you will be catching smaller bass.
Big Bass Waters / Heavy Cover
When fishing on big bass waters or around heavy cover, you need to go with stronger tackle. Fishing line anywhere from 12 to 50 pound test are used by anglers that are targeting largemouth bass. The typical range is probably more like 14 to 20 pound test line for most anglers, however, there are situations where this just won’t get it done. If you have an 8 or 9 pound bass on around heavy weeds or a submerged tree, you may need 30, 40 or even 50 pound line to keep that fish from getting hung up. Pay attention to the situation you are in: size of fish, potential big fish sizes, types of snags, etc. If you are using 20 pound test line and it’s working fine, then there is no need to change. However, if you’re losing big bass because you can’t keep them out of the cover, try going up until you find a heavy enough line that will get the job done.
Types of Fishing Lines
There are so many fishing lines on the market. Most anglers still use mono, however, braid has gotten very popular among bass anglers. Fluorocarbon line is to the go to fishing line for clear water. There are also several types of super lines on the market that are gaining in popularity as well. Bottom line is that you have a bunch of options for a variety of situations and budgets. Learn more about the different types of fishing lines that are on the market today.