Keeping tension while spooling helps.

Braided fishing lines offer excellent performance for many inshore fishing situations. The lines are strong, supple and small in diameter, but they also come with some special challenges.

What Exactly Is It?

In brief, braid is typically four or eight polyethylene strands, or carriers, woven into a bundle. On the shelf, 8-carrier line is always more expensive. Why? “It takes two times longer to braid,” said Chris Pitsilos, Associate Manager of Brand Development for Pure Fishing line companies, such as Spiderwire and Berkley. “Eight-carrier lines are smooth and promote long casts. Four-carrier lines can be rougher and are not as long casting. The strength is the same because you have the same amount of bers, just different constructions.”

Line manufacturers have patented blends. Daiwa’s J-Braid, for instance, is an 8-carrier line braided round for long casting. Suffix 832 also is an 8-carrier braid, but one of the strands is GORE Performance Fiber the company says minimizes abrasion and water absorption.
PowerPro offer a variety of braids, including a thin, four-strand Maxcuatro.

Pack It On

For best results with braid, pack it onto the reel tightly and evenly. “Loose line allows for excess braid to come off the spool when casting, and can cause slippage when under pressure,” said Cullen Schroder of White’s Tackle in Stuart. Most tackle shops have a machine to spool you up, but if not, get a buddy to help. Run your line through the guides and have them hold the spool of line and apply pressure as you slowly reel, keeping a slight bend in the rod.

Wind-knot may result from improper handling of braided line.

Tape It Up

Many reels now come braid-ready, such as the Penn Clash with the patented “Braid Ready Spool.” This is a

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