Fluorocarbon Fishing Line: Everything You Need To Know About This Quality Fishing Line!

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Fluorocarbon Fishing line has a slightly higher price in comparison to monofilament line which sometimes puts the novice angler off purchasing it. Unfortunately, without knowing the qualities that the Fluorocarbon line brings, it is very easy to be steered towards purchasing a monofilament line as it potentially ‘does the same job’. 

Fluorocarbon Line became all the rage when anglers began using it when fishing for bass. The sensitivity and invisibility of the line started to increase the bass bites, especially when fishing on waters that were full of other anglers. A small group of Japanese anglers first began using the fluorocarbon leaders to give their bait a more life-like replication. Shortly after, anglers of the United States started using these types of leaders because of their low visibility, bass anglers then caught on and started using them for the exact same reason. 



What Is Fluorocarbon Fishing Line?

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Fluorocarbon is known as a small & fine polymer thus the reason it is almost impossible to see by fish. This is due to the low degree of light that passes through it when it is in the water, this is known as an identical refractive index. The material is also very durable and long-lasting, deterioration of the line is typically caused by sunlight, gasoline, insect repellents and battery acid, some things of which the fluorocarbon line is resistant to. 
In comparison to the monofilament line, fluoro stretches a little making it more sensitive. These tightly packed molecules make it easier to detect whether there is a smaller fish biting beneath the surface. These qualities give the fluoro line the upper hand when it comes to choosing and purchasing a type of line for your fishing trip. 


Fluorocarbon Line From A Pro Anglers Perspective…

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Many of the bass pro anglers believe the main advantage of using Fluoro over Mono is it’s increased sensitivity. No need for bite alarms, the high sensitivity of Fluoro line allows them to feel a bite with ease, thus resulting in more catches. 
As previously mentioned, Bass are less wary of the lures tied to Fluoro line because the line is clearer in the water meaning it is more difficult to detect. Because the line is near invisible, this will result in more bites as the Bass are less put off or scared by alternative visible lines. 
The thickness of Fluorocarbon line allows it to sinker quicker than other types of line. If you’re using crankbaits or suspending stickbaits, the Fluorocarbon line allows them to dive 25% deeper because of the line’s sinking qualities. 



Why Is Fluorocarbon Line The Choice For Bass Fishing?

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The fluorocarbon line is the ideal choice of line when fishing around rocks, docks and any other objects/mounds where the bass are taking cover. This is due to the excellent abrasion resistance. Many bass anglers I have spoken to tend to use it around the wooden docks, this helps prevent the line snapping if the bass makes a run for cover in and around the docks. 
If you’re a beginner and have never used a fluorocarbon line, you’ll unlikely know that it actually has the samer knot strength as the mono line. After years of experience, I have worked out that a clinch knot can slip at times with fluoro line, so I use a Palomar knot to ensure the lures are secure. 
Baitcasting reels tend to be the choice of reel when using fluorocarbon lines due to it’s high amount of memory. If using a spinning reel, most pros will use a main line or braid with an attachment of 6-8ft leader of fluorocarbon line. 
If you’re a bit of an old skool line watcher, fluorocarbon line can be very difficult to see at times and therefore some adjustments to your fishing setup will be needed. It is recommended to buy some sunglass lenses that help to show the line during the day. Many professionals recommend an amber color lense is the best for detecting the line.


What To Look For When Purchasing Fluorocarbon Line…

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Some fluorocarbon line products aren’t always 100 percent fluoro and sometimes the line is a fluoro-coated version. 
This fluoro-coated version is a copolymer line with a fluorocarbon coating which offers less visibility and easier casting but the sensitivity and abrasion is poor. This type of line is typically used in winter as it stops the build up of moisture which can typically freeze the baitcasting reel spool. 


What Lures Are Best To Use With Fluorocarbon Line?

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Because of the strength, abrasion and sensitivity of 100% fluorocarbon line, the perfect choice of technique to use would be flipping or pitching jigs and fish with Texas rigged soft plastics. The strength of the line makes it perfect to target places that other lines can’t cope with, e.g. wooden structures, brush, weeds and reeds. 
Some other popular techniques that anglers use with 100% fluorocarbon line include; cranking with deep-diving crankbaits, slow-rolling spinnerbaits, probing deep water with football jigs and/or Texas-rigged soft plastics. This type of line is also effective when fishing swimbaits, swim jigs, soft plastic jerkbaits and shaky head rigs. 

Fluorocarbon line is an excellent choice no matter whether you’re an expert or beginner. Its sensitivity and abrasion will not let you down and can make bit detection a little easier. This line is a must if you’re fishing areas such as docks, brush, reeds and weeds. 

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