Understanding the strength and usage of different types of fishing lines can be the difference between a successful fishing trip and a busted line. Here we will answer some common questions about the differences and comparisons between braided fishing lines and their mono-filament counterparts.
Braided Line Equivalent to Mono-filament
Braided lines have revolutionised the fishing line industry due to their thinner diameter and higher tensile strength. A superb example is, a 20lb braided line which is equivalent to a 6lb mono-filament at the same diameter. On the other hand, a 15lb braided line is similar to a 10lb mono lead, which lends some stretch to the line to avoid ripping the hook out of the fish’s mouth.
Strength Comparison: Braided Line vs. Mono-filament
10lb braided line, even though it has the same tensile strength as a 10lb mono-filament line, is known for its superior strength and knot resilience. It is notable for its excellent abrasion resistance contributing to its ability to handle big fish.
In addition, lines like 30-pound braided line are highly recommended due to their strength and durability in reeling in tough catches. Despite its strong nature, its diameter remains less than 0.40mm, ensuring longer casts are achievable.
Applicability of Braided Line Strengths
Contrary to the assumption that high strength could be too much, 50-lb braided lines are ideal for heavy-duty fishing environments such as mangroves or docks for large snook or redfish, particularly when used on a 3500-size spinning reel.
While 20# braid, equivalent to 6# mono in casting ability/spool length, may seem excessive, in most applications, it proves beneficial with its prime feature of keeping most lures through weeds or substantial cover. The same setup of a 30 to 50-lb braided line on a 3500-size spinning reel is equally applicable, if not ideal, for fishing closer to heavy cover areas.