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Best Line For Crankbait/jerkbait Fishing

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What do people use for line when crankbait fishing?  I have heard pros using mono, flouro and braid.   I have always use 30lb braid with a 4' leader of 8lb flouro.  This is mainly because I used everything from crankbaits to Jigs with this setup because I only had 1 rod.  Now that I have an arsenal of rods and reels this year and have 1 rod strictly for crankbaits and jerkbaits, what line is the best for this set up?

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As with most of the questions as to which is the "best". I think it's up to you to figure out which is best for YOU. You will get so many different opinions to your question that you won't figure out from the answers which is the best. I use light braid on a spinning rod for my jerkbaits and it works out best for me. Stay tuned for what works best for everybody else.

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I like straight braid for jerkbaits. Many people use mono as well. 

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I use 17# abrazx for shallow and lipless cranks. 10# invizx for jerk baits hard and soft.

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ALL of the pros at Bass University recommended monofilament for fishing jerkbaits.

I use #12 Sunline Super Natural.

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Too many variables. On one jerkbait rod and three cranking rods, I have three different lines.

I like mono for jerkbaits and topwater I use a rod with a xf taper so the extra elasticity of mono makes up for it and allows me a better hook set and helps me keep the fish pinned. That's what I like, many other accomplished fishermen on here are successful with something different.

Flourocarbon for cranks. My med and deep crank rods, I have 10# spooled on now and I have gone between 12-8 I like the smaller diameter lines on deep and med divers because it makes it easier to get down to max depth or deeper.

I have a rod just for shallow cranks, lipless cranks and some medium divers. The line selection for this rod was 16# because of all of the junk,cover, and rocks that I find my self fishing these baits through.

This is just a mere baseline, a lot of guys do it slightly different. This works FOR ME and THE LAKES I FISH.

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I heard you should use Flouro because it sinks unlike mono but like whatever one else is saying what works best for you. For the longest time I used 15lb mono and it worked great only lost 1 fish on it and it was a huge pike but never lost any bass and got a few 5lbers on it. I switched to 15lb fluoro 

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Like many other people here I use multiple rods for this, I have 2 crankbait rods and 1 jerkbait rod. For the medium and deep diving cranks I have 10# fluoro and one for square bills and other shallow running cranks that has either 14# to 17# flouro. My jerk bait rod has 8# flouro on it, I am not saying thats right or wrong I just like the sensitivity of flouro, especially in the early spring when your not jerking the lure constantly and letting it sit there but that may be just me justifying my wrong. 

 

But as your question asks, if I had to have one rod to do everything. I would probably be using 10-12 flouro. Its strong enough to rip cranks through different cover and such, its very sensitive, and you don't sacrifice the action of a jerkbait too much, if any, stepping up 2 or 4 pounds in line. (2 to 4 for me) 

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I use 12# Yo Zuri for both crank's and jerk's

 

 

 

 

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I believe that straight braid is the best because it doesnt sink like flouro or float like mono. and its stronger and thinner than both.

 

I personally use braid for all applications that I want to make sure I get the bait back i.e, crankbaits, poppers, any hardbait really. I use mono and flouro for dropshot and plastics where all I would lose is a hook and weight.

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