Braided lines are known as super lines and for good reason. They are super strong. They can be used to pull some amazing catfish out of the water, but they aren’t perfect for every situation. There are situations where braided lines are too strong.Braided Lines are typically made from Dacron or Spectra by braiding or weaving the fibers together. Being that Braid comes from fibers it typically comes in green hue but you can also find them a small variety of colors. There are many popular brands of braid, such as Spiderwire and PowerPro. Many fishermen in all different types of fishing use braid to success. Braided line work just as well in catfishing as it does for those other sports. Below I’ll talk about braided lines in depth and fill you in about everything you need to know to be successful with braid in catfishing
Braided Lines Characteristics
As stated before, braided lines have an incredibly high breaking in point when compared to their size. Just as an example that I like to use, 65 lb test braid is the same size as 17 lb test mono. Here is a list of a few other braid to mono comparisons
- 8 lb braid to 1 lb mono
- 10 lb braid to 2 lb mono
- 15 lb braid to 4 lb mono
- 30 lb briad to 8 lb mono
This super strength is coupled with no stretch, which means that your line won’t allow the fish to swim deeper into cover. Imagine you are fishing in a laydown tree or maybe standing timber near a creek channel. When a catfish bites down and you set the hook, the fish has no room to swim deeper into cover as long as you don’t give it any ground. Your line will not stretch. This also allows you to pull the fish out of cover if you need to.
Along with super strength and no stretch, braided lines are super sensitive. You can feel whenever your live bait moves, or when your weight hits any type of cover. If you pay attention to how active you bait by feeling you line, You can gain feel for how “alive” your bait is and when your bait becomes distressed. You will also be able to feel when a fish bites extremely well. Try it out and see what you think about those three characteristics.
Since braided lines are made from woven fibers, it has a green color that is highly visible. This limits their use in clear water as fish will see the line and be discouraged from biting.
So the three strongest qualities of braid are super strength, no stretch, and super sensitive.
A few Negatives about braided lines
Braided lines aren’t perfect. They can be overpowering on many occasions. Let’s start things off by saying that super strength and no stretch can be tough on hooks. Braided lines have a tendency to straighten out thinner wire hooks on short lines and heavy action rods. If you plan to use braid, make sure that you have plenty of line out and a strong hook, 5/0 or bigger.
Braided lines are a nuisance when you get hung. Simple put, this line doesn’t break. When you are hung, you have only a few options: straighten the hook, pull the cover up, or cut the line. If you are bank fishing, I suggest using a mono leader so that you have a breaking point when you are hung. As a note, mono leaders also work as shock absorbers for the hook.
Tying notes can be a problem with braid. It has a tendency to slip and untie itself. To remedy this problem, get your lighter out and burn the tag line. This will create a melted knot to keep the line from pulling through the knot.
The largest problem that gets me in trouble with braid when I first started to use it was what I call line sinking. When you get hung and attempt to pull the hook out of whatever its hung in, the line could sink into the spoil. When this happens, you’re odds of undoing this is highly unlikely. To help stop this problem from happening, you should make sure to put the line on the spoil very tightly. Also don’t forget to loosen your drag to give before it can sink into the spoil.
Best Conditions for Braid
There are a number of situations or conditions that braid are best at. Given that it has super strength and no stretch, fishing in cover is great for braid. You can toss your bait into trees, stump, or rocks and pull a fish out of there with little trouble. The only issue that you must cure is finding a hook guard as to not get hung up.
Long casts are also great for braid because of the hook setting ability. Without the stretch that plagues other lines, you set the hook easily with worrying about whether the hook penetrated.
Braided Lines does well when targeting large catfish. Mainly because of its high breaking point, but also because of its no stretch allows you to put more pressure on the fish. One note: be careful not to pull too hard as you could straighten the hook or pull the hook out.
On my last note, Braided lines are great for getting heavy wire hooks to penetrate. They have to power to get a hook in a catfish no matter the distance or size of hook. Just make sure that you have sharpened your hooks.
Now you should be ready to go out and try fishing with braid. I personally like PowerPro at 65 lb test but don’t be afraid to try other brand and sizes. I’m not sponsored by PowerPro but I do want you find the line that’s best for you. Good luck and Keep fishing. Let me know how well you are doing with Braid? Where are your favorite places to use it?