If you are new to Fishing - or even if you are an "Ole Pro" - sometimes just walking through our Fishing Department can prove to be overwhelming. Every Year, something bigger and better comes out and on starts the trial and error checklist.
I emailed our Local Pro Staffer, Joel Ross - and asked him to break down the different LINE SELECTIONS that you may see in our store. His awesome response is as follows:
Man, what a broad subject with all the lines out there today. I am going to break it down pretty simple for everyone since I don’t do complex very well. Bass Pro has excellent line and here are the three I will be discussing:
XPS Signature Series Monofilament—it has ideal sensitivity with easy handling and high abrasion resistance.
XPS KVD Signature Series Fluorocarbon—it has unparalleled abrasion resistance while maintaining softness and is virtually invisible underwater.
XPS 8 Advanced Braid—it is woven from 8 Dyneema fibers for unparalleled strength and consistent roundness for smooth casting.
I just got my reels cleaned up and ready for the 2014 season, so I will be re-spooling with fresh line. I tournament fish, so I have a rod and reel for every purpose I will be targeting based on the lake I will be fishing, thus a need for the correct line for each purpose. In the following, I will use Ross Barnett as my lake to pick the line for each purpose targeted:
Jig Fishing—two different approaches will be covered with the jig. If flipping heavy grass or standing grass—60 lb. green XPS Advanced Braid. If casting a jig—20 lb. XPS KVD Signature Series Fluorocarbon.
Worm Fishing—15 lb. XPS KVD Signature Series Fluorocarbon
Hollow Body Frog Fishing—60 lb. green XPS Advanced Braid
Spinner bait Fishing—15 to 20 lb XPS KVD Signature Series Fluorocarbon, pick depending on color of water, clearer water go with 15.
Buzz bait Fishing—40 lb green XPS Advanced Braid
Soft/Hard Jerk Baits—15 lb. XPS Signature Series Monofilament
Top Water (Spook)—15 lb. XPS Signature Series Monofilament
Ribbet Frog/Weighted Skinny Dipper—15 lb. XPS KVD Signature Series Fluorocarbon
Crankbait Fishing—12 lb XPS KVD Signature Series Fluorocarbon
As a rule, braid is very strong and visible, so use in thick cover. Fluorocarbon is strong and virtually invisible, so use in clear water conditions. Mono floats, is strong and has memory so it is used on the jerk baits and top waters, thus making it easier to walk the dog and keeping the jerk baits closer to the surface. It is extremely frustrating to try and walk the dog with a spook with a line that sinks. Also, a good rule of thumb is to retie often while fishing to make sure you don’t loose the big one when she decides to eat.
When re-spooling, never take all the line off the spool. Leave some on as backing and tie an in-line knot to the line coming on. This will allow you to use less line re-spooling. Fill the spool all the way up. If you leave it low on the spool, it will be harder to cast the reel. A full spool is always easier to cast that one that has less line. When money is on the line, change your line often and retie often.
God Bless and always catch and release so we can catch again.
** Please feel free to post any questions to our Local Pro on this thread below. Thank you! Happy Fishing!!