I am a newer bass fisherman and will be fishing LSC a lot this year. Mostly Tubes, cranks and an occasional spinnerbait. But fishing line is overwhelming. What do you guys normally fish with in LSC for bass?
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I only use Berkley Fireline Smoke Color for all my fishing but that's me. I use 4lb. test 1lb.dia. for lure's of 1/8 oz. and lighter. I use 6lb. test 2lb. dia. for heavier lure's, and 8 - 10lb. smoke Fireline for 1/2 oz.up to 3/4 oz. lure's. I use fireline because there's no stretch to speak of and i don't have to set the hook with it. It's automatic. All fish feel bigger to. It last a long time and is very strong.
h2o<---you can't use it with ceramic line guide's the line guide's have to be aluminium oxide or metal.
I will be using PowerPro for some jigging, tubes, grubs, etc. I am trying P-Line on a couple rods for spinnerbaits, jerkbaits, and some cranks. All others will be Trilene XT for cranking and XL on my spin rods.
I vote for Power Pro. I use it now on my Jerk Bait Rods. I love the way you can feel what the lure is doing. I don't ike the way fireline frays. I've had it pop when big fish hit near the boat. It's alright for Bass and smaller Pike and Muskie but I just lost to many lures and I hate to have fish swim off with a big lure in their mouth. My Two Bucks Worth. Everything you put up here is worth more than Two Cents H2o. I love reading your post thats why your voted # 1.
Bob you rendered me speechless once again. Thank you for all you do and have done for fishing in general. You'll always be Tops in My Book and I mean on the very top. You have taught me more than you know. You have forgot more than we know about fishing. May your fishing year be filled with so many MUSKIE that you'll have to take a day off. lol Thank you for the vote of confidence.
I use a lot of Berkley Vanish 8 or 10 pound for tubes and similar lures, especially for casting.
I use Trilene XT or Vanish for crankbaits, spinnerbaits and jerkbaits depending on cover I'm throwing into and the depth I want to get the lure. Vanish lets lures go deeper for the same strength rating.
I use XT and Fireline for docks and other shallow cover attacks, and deep in the river currents when drifting the tubes, etc.
I play with Big Game, Trilene XL, and braid at times for specialty purposes.
Dan your right about Xt for that job. I like Xl because it is sofer and lays on the reel better because of that but it has to much give for under dock's etc. Like I said fire line is fine and has great feel but when you cast for my babies in the weeds it does fray and that is deadly. I tried Vanish a couple of times but it was a little to stiff for what I was using it for. As I said in one of my books somewhere everybody has their own favorite and you will never change anyones mind. Good Fishing and let it go let it grow. Heading for Pittsburgh in the morning. Write next week. Bob
I should clarify my reasons for my line are based on the ever popular largemouth and smallmouth bass. I keep forgetting other people actually like to fish for other fish
For Muskies on purpose, I use XT or Big Game, but lately, they're so thick on St. Clair, I catch enough to get it out of my system on bass tackle while bass fishing. They've all come on 8 lb Vanish (including that 50 incher last September) or 8 to 12 lb XT.
(I would never say anything Bob says is wrong I don't think... just sometimes different - have fun Bob.)
I use 15 lb Big Game for a majority of my fishing applications. It's strong and inexpensive. I also dont have many issues with memory. I plan on using 10 or 12 lb test Big Game for crankbaits and I use 17lb Big Game Supreme for flipping.
I wish Big Game came in 6 and 8 lb test for spinning but it doesnt. I'm still searching for a good line for spinning tackle. I will probably use Berkley Sensation for spinning applications.
P-Line is also a very good line. I like their Flouroclear. I would use P-Line exclusively but its pricey. I have found that Big Game is just as good maybe even better and its less expensive.