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What color braided line is best to use when fishing for BASS

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Welcome to the board.  Personally I don't think color makes much difference in stained to muddy water or heavy weeds.  In anything clearer, I'd recommend a fluorocarbon leader.

BTW, you'll get more responses if you move this to the rods, reels, and line forum.

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Agree. I always use a green color in dirty water. If your worrying about the fish seeing the line in clearer water, you should put a fluoro leader on whatever you have.

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I use green braided line on one rod. Color never matters to me. If I'm worried about color then on another rod I have it set up with a fluorocarbon leader.

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I use moss green for anything that swims, works well to tie up my tomato plants too.

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I use the bright yellow on spinning with a fluro leader. So I can see the line better. Heavy stuff use green.

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The color would be an individual preferrence and your eye sight. For my old eyes, I prefer yellow or white as it allows me to see line movement all that much better, which, to me, is paramount.

 

I also second that you would probably be better off with 2' - 3' fluoro leader in all situations where you are not fishing with a top water presentation. The fluoro leader always affords you greater abrasion resistance, where your lure contacts the bottom and reduces line visibility, which may or may not be a concern.

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Welcome to BR ~

 

And I use Moss Green.

 

A-Jay

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What color braided line is best to use when fishing for BASS

 

As far as color, I have always used moss green. The use of leaders is completely different topic. 

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Always moss green for me.

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I use mostly low vis green. I'm giving hi vis yellow a stab next season on pitching/punching. Low vis is tough to see line bounce in ccertain light conditions.

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Low vis green.

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Welcome to the board to you also.

All great advice.  Color does not matter.  You should be using flouro in all circumstances. 

I disagree. Fluorocarbon as a leader has it's place and heavy weed cover, for one, isn't one of them.

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I use high visibility P-Line braid and a relatively short fluoro or hybrid leader when fishing jigs/plastics.  Will use moss green P-Line with relatively short mono leader for topwater, spinnerbaits and chatterbaits.

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I agree that it's all prety much personal preference. If you need to see your line, use something bright (white, yellow or chart.). If not, use red, smoke or green. I've fished them all, often side by side, and have never seen it make a difference on my waters. Until YOUR fish show otherwise, start with whatever color inspires the most confidence in you.

 

-T9

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Interested in hearing your reasoning behind this statement?

There are a number of reasons. For one, there is no need to camoflage your line in heavy weeds or brush for that matter as both will break up it's outline. Although fluoro is abrasion resistant it isn't abrasion proof and can loose 50%or more of is strength in short order.  Braid will too, but 50% of 30lb. test still leaves you with plenty of strength and the abrasion is more noticeable to the angler. It's much more sensitive than fluloro and the biggest reason for using braid in weed cover is the fact that it will cut through most weeds (or your finger) if it gets wrapped around them.  

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I do quite a bit of fishing in the dark, I can't see the line anyway.  Been fishing long enough that I don't get overly concerned about feeling the bite, imo braid is a big equalizer especially if one knows how to take the slack out when it's windy.  I did hop on the F/C bandwagon, but jumped off.  Fishing for extremely line shy fish I did not notice a difference in the amount of strikes I was getting.  Back to mono leaders but steel is out as many fish here won't touch a lure with steel leaders.  I'm comfortable with my line leader combinations, I don't fish defensive and go where I hope the fish to be, losing lures for whatever reason is just part of the game.  I lose plenty of lures ( catch plenty of fish too) just retie and continue what I'm doing.  If you are afraid of losing a lure, don't use it, a lure is only a tool, nothing more.

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There are a number of reasons. For one, there is no need to camoflage your line in heavy weeds or brush for that matter as both will break up it's outline. Although fluoro is abrasion resistant it isn't abrasion proof and can loose 50%or more of is strength in short order.  Braid will too, but 50% of 30lb. test still leaves you with plenty of strength and the abrasion is more noticeable to the angler. It's much more sensitive than fluloro and the biggest reason for using braid in weed cover is the fact that it will cut through most weeds (or your finger) if it gets wrapped around them.  

I disagree.  Even in brush a fish can see the braid tied to the lure.  My opinion is if I'm spending money on boat, tackle, gas, etc.  I might as well spend a couple extra bucks on flouro if it helps at all.  To each its own however and whatever makes you confident is really the most important thing.

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I do quite a bit of fishing in the dark, I can't see the line anyway.  Been fishing long enough that I don't get overly concerned about feeling the bite, imo braid is a big equalizer especially if one knows how to take the slack out when it's windy.  I did hop on the F/C bandwagon, but jumped off.  Fishing for extremely line shy fish I did not notice a difference in the amount of strikes I was getting.  Back to mono leaders but steel is out as many fish here won't touch a lure with steel leaders.  I'm comfortable with my line leader combinations, I don't fish defensive and go where I hope the fish to be, losing lures for whatever reason is just part of the game.  I lose plenty of lures ( catch plenty of fish too) just retie and continue what I'm doing.  If you are afraid of losing a lure, don't use it, a lure is only a tool, nothing more.

 

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Exactly.

 

Thank you

 

A-Jay

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I disagree.  Even in brush a fish can see the braid tied to the lure.  My opinion is if I'm spending money on boat, tackle, gas, etc.  I might as well spend a couple extra bucks on flouro if it helps at all.  To each its own however and whatever makes you confident is really the most important thing.

There are more factors than visibility (both to the fish and to the angler) to be considered when selecting line.

As in most other things, absolute statements are seldom accurate.

Russ

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No one ever caught a fish before FC was invented?

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No one ever caught a fish before FC was invented?

Well yes but they also caught fish before boats were invented.  I'm sure you have fished from a boat.  I never said you can't catch a fish without using FC.  I said it was invented for a reason and if it helps disguise the line connected to the lure I'm going to use it.  Like I said to each his own.  Whatever makes you more confident is what you should use.  I'm not concerned with the abraison either.  I fish both fresh and saltwater.  I pull out 15 pound taug out of wrecks full of metal jagged edges and have no problem with FC at all.  It would be very boring if we all used the same exact set up.  That is what makes fishing fun.  You can learn new techniques and methods on a daily basis. 

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