After being out on a few friends’ boats, I thought I might join the “Mono or Braid” fishing line debate, and save some of you fisheroos out there some misery.
While experienced fishermen will tell you “Braid is best” because it is thinner and therefore less visible in the water, and has no “give” or stretch – which means the angler has a much better feel of what is going on at the sharp end of the line – I feel the part-time fisheroo should know both sides of the story.
I am a Big Game fanatic, and as such take out amateur anglers with a view to catching the biggest beastie out there with the least problems, and that’s where Mono (monofilament) comes in.
The more lines you troll the better chance you have of hooking the big ones. But it also means (especially in “lumpy” weather) that there is a greater chance of tangled lines, commonly known as “knitting.”
Mono is much cheaper (and therefore amenable to my Scottish upbringing) and easier to untangle, while Braid is a total nightmare to untie and usually needs cutting; the subsequent re-rigging and the time involved without hooks in the water is time lost fishing.
So for trolling I believe in using nothing but Mono – for “Big Game” don’t believe the advertising, which should be targeted at single line “bottom” and freshwater fishing.
This month’s tip: when making Tuna “belly strip” dead bait, always use Short Fin Tuna as this bait seems to holds together and moves through the water much better than its Long Fin cousins.
Tight lines to all