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Article: April, 2000
Lake Fork Pro Jim ReaneauThis article will cover fishing line. There are many brands and types. The braided line is always on every one’s mind. We want the strongest line possible and the braid does have a place. But I don’t use it on anything but my spinning equipment. You can have twenty pound test with six pound diameter. When I use braided line I put a mono leader on the end that I attach to the bait. I can feel the fish and see the braided line better than mono. When I use a spinner bait I attach the braided line directly to the bait. With worms, flukes, and wacky worms I prefer the mono. You may try it without the leader and see if it works. The braided line on your spinning gear or even on a Zebco will work and it will eliminate all the line problems you have when you go up in size on your line. I have been using twenty and fifteen pound big game forever on Fork. I like twenty pound big game for Carolina rigging and jig fishing. The fifteen is great for flukes and wacky worms. This line does have a little memory in the cold months but a little line magic sprayed on it will help to take out some of the memory. Every one has their favorite line and I am not trying to change your mind. Every three days I replace the line on all my reels with seventy five yards of fresh line. I Leave old line on my reel as backing and put a piece of tape on the line so I can see how much I have left if I break off during the day. Heat and sunlight are the worse enemies of your line. My rods are exposed to sun and heat all the time. Some of the new lines are almost invisible in the water. Remember the line and knot are two things that can go wrong between you and that monster bass. I recommend if you are going fishing and it has been a while, replace your line. Every year I get someone who says “this line was new last year when I fished with you and I have not been since, and my tackle was out in the shed”. The heat from the summer has probably weakened the line. Order a spool of line and keep it in a cool dry place till you need it. Many people fish with different sizes of line so use the line size to fit your fishing needs. Clear water needs small diameter line while off color water needs larger sizes. On your Carolina rig you can use twenty on the main line and fifteen on your leader. I have seen more fish caught with the lighter leader. Brands vary, but you have to make the choice. You should always set your drag each time you go fishing and when you change line sizes.
Thanks and Good Fishing,

Fishing Tip by EX Lake Fork Guide Jim Reaneau


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