Why Your Fishing Line Breaks

Hank Parker's Fishing Tips

Is your fishing line breaking on you? Is it a bad knot, or something else? Learn the surprising truth in this video!


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Glenn: Hey folks, Glenn May here with BassResource.com, and I'm here with Hank Parker with another edition of Hank Parker's Fishing Tips. Hank, this week's question comes from Paul from St. Louis. And he wants to know how often should you replace the line on your reel, and he also wants to know will oil, bug spray, sunscreen, that sorta thing, will that damage your line?

Hank: Good question. And yes oil, sunscreen, those sorts of things will damage your line. Let me tell you about line. A couple of years ago I was working with Berkley and I had a guy at a sporting good store that I was working in and I started testing all his line. I had a little machine called R1D1, and his line was breaking, like a 10 pound line was breaking like a 6 pound. It shoulda went to 12 pound dry. So about half the strength.

Well he was storing his monofilament line above his plastic worms. And all the fumes from those worms were entering that line, they were absorbing it, and it was making 'em weak. So anytime you store your line, put 'em in a cooler, or a...Plano makes these really cool boxes, storage boxes alright, and they've got a little rubber seal around 'em so it seals it up. I always store my line there. And that is important when you've got 'em on your reels.

How often do you change depends on how much you've exposed 'em to sunlight and how many chemicals they've been around, it does make a difference. And monofilament probably more so than fluorocarbon. Fluorocarbon's really dense, it doesn't absorb like monofilament does, so it's probably gonna last a little bit longer. NanoFil lasts for, like, ever. Berkley braid or other braids, man, they last, like, forever. So you don't have to change braided line near as often, but monofilament, keep a close eye on it and test it. Always test it. And test it with a lure tied to it.

Get you a plastic worm, a pair of needle hose, hold that hook, test that knot strength, because that's where it gets the weakest and shows up first. So don't just pull on the line to test it, pull on the line once it's tied to a hook and use a pair of needle hose to hold it, to make sure you still got good knot strength. And then I let that dictate when I change it.

Glenn: Paul, thanks so much for the question. For more tips and tricks, head on over to hankparker.com where there's a whole bunch of tips, and tricks, and articles, and videos on there for you to check out. And if you wanna get notified of anymore of the tips that we post from Hank, just subscribe to our channel. Thank a lot and have a great day.