What is The Best Line to Use for Bluegill Fishing?
There are now almost as many types of fishing lines on the market today as there are baits. What to use? Which is best to use when bluegill fishing? Now it is not my intention to assume to tell you what to do when it comes to what line is best for you. It is ultimately a personal choice that each person has to make for themselves. This short article is only meant to offer guidelines to consider while making your decision.
Monofilament is the most popular type of line and has been since it came onto the market as it is a very versatile line that can be used in many conditions and circumstances. It does not have the best sensitivity as it does stretch quite a bit compared to the other line choices. However, when bluegill fishing, this feature can be a benefit as it I forgiving if an angler tries to horse in a fish too quickly or hooks into something a little larger such as a bass or catfish. Premium brands are of better quality and come in several varieties which are designed for differing features such as easy casting and toughness. These lines work great on spinning reels due to their flexibility and low memory.
Co-filament or co-polymer lines are much like the mono lines. This line is cost wise in line with mono more so than any of the other choices detailed here. This line offers greater flexibility than mono while giving better casting distance and increased accuracy, while maintaining the line's sensitivity and strength.
Fluorocarbon's popularity is due primarily to it having almost the same refractive index of water, which makes it nearly invisible in the water. It also has very low stretch which makes it sensitive while being stealthy. This line can be a challenge on a spinning reel since it resists the twisting action of the bail laying the line on the spool. You will either love it or hate it almost immediately. I have tried several different brands of this line and have yet to find one that is easy to cast and does not snarl into a giant mess within an hour of fishing on a spinning reel. At this time I am relegating this line to a long leader status connecting it to the end of a base line such as mono or braid.
Fused lines are super strong with a very small diameter. A 6lb test Fireline has the same diameter of a 2lb mono and casts further, with heavier weights, by 30-50 percent. Braids have almost no stretch which gives them increase sensitivity. Due to the slick nature of this line, it can slip on the reel or allow the knot to release. Some manufactures have even come out with special knots just for their lines that are supposed alleviate this problem. I have not seen one that actually remedies it completely. It is also very hard to cut without a sharp knife or scissors.
Braided lines are the strongest of the lines with very small diameters and the non-stretching nature gives them great sensitivity. Knots are again are a problem and tend to slip. It is also very hard to cut without a sharp knife or scissors.
My Two Cents
As you can see, there is a line for about any situation you will encounter. Mono works fine and is a good general use line to keep on your reel and ready to go. The other lines have their uses but cost can sometimes be the limiting factor if you do not fish often or encounter these conditions. I recommend starting with the least expensive and most general purpose line as a novice. After that you can play with different types of line should you feel there is a need or can find a discount spool to just try it out.