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What is the best fishing line for crankbaits?

The keys to fishing a crankbait are getting a lot of movement and action with your lure and getting a lot of casting distance so that you can cover a lot of water. Those are the biggest factors for catching bass with crankbaits and you will need a soft line to achieve those goals.

Choosing the correct fishing line for crankbaits is very important. Your lure needs to have the right amount of wiggle to it and you need to keep that lure in the bass’ strike zone as long as you possibly can. If your line is too stiff, then your crankbait won’t perform in the water. If the line is too thick, then it will not run through the rod guides efficiently and that will shorten your casting distance.

I am a Bass Fishing Charter Guide on the Treasure Coast of Florida. I have been catching bass in the lakes, ponds and canals all over Florida for more than 40 years. In the article below, I will teach you what I know about catching bass with crankbaits.

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Is fluorocarbon fishing line better for crankbaits?

Fluorocarbon lines are the most popular ones that the pros are using these days when they are fishing with crankbaits. The fluorocarbon lines are nearly invisible to the bass and they sink. You definitely want a line that will sink when you are trying to get your crankbait down in the water column.

However, fluorocarbon lines have their issues. The first one is that they stretch which makes them brittle. They are not supposed to stretch and that is one the main selling points but they do. That stretch means that those lines will break. They will break on the cast sometimes or with any sort of shock from a big bass hitting the lure. They often will break far away from the knot and that is a big pain in the butt too.

I have had lots of issues right at the knot when I have tied a fluorocarbon leader to a mono filament main line. The fluorocarbon line will actually cut the mono filament line when you have a fish with some decent pull on the end of the line. We don’t want that to happen, do we?

Is mono filament fishing line better for crankbaits?

In my opinion, mono filament lines are the way to go when you are fishing with a crankbait. Those lines are becoming more abrasion resistant and they are still supple enough to cast well. They are tough and have better sensitivity than they used to. The mono filament fishing lines have come a long way in the last decade.

Spool up your crankbait rod with some good mono filament and see for yourself how far the technology has come in the last few years. Mono filament lines are stronger, more supple and more abrasion resistant than they used to be.

Is braided line better for crankbaits?

The great thing about braided lines is the diameter of the line as it pertains to the test. Those 10 pound braided lines are about the same size as a 2 pound mono filament or fluorocarbon line. The thinner line means that there is less resistance with the water as you reel in your crankbait.

Less resistance with the water means that your lure will have more wiggle. It is the wiggle that catches all of the bass. It is really as simple as that. No wiggle equals no bass.

Thin lines also allow you to cast farther than thicker ones. It is simple physics. The two most important factors when you are fishing with crankbaits are how your lure wiggles and how far that you can cast it to cover the most water possible.

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