We are fortunate to have a bunch of different options when it comes to fishing line. Modern-day lines just keep getting better and better. They cast further and are stronger, thinner, and more invisible. You really can complicate things in trying to find the perfect line for every technique and habitat.
However, if you are fortunate to often fish places that are full of grass I feel the choice becomes increasingly simple. One type above all others is the absolute strongest, most abrasion resistant, and the absolute best choice for winching fish out of heavy cover, braided line. Fortunately, the heavy vegetation in these types of fisheries helps to camouflage the opaque line. Since it’s often colored a natural green it blends in well and is useful in so many situations. I’ve been hooked on the stuff since I started fishing and have spent a bunch of time experimenting with it in all situations.
This is an obvious one, but there is nothing better than no-stretch braid to get fish out of heavy weeds. It’s more sensitive for feeling those “mush” bites that don’t really feel much different than a weed. Couple that with solid hooksets, and braids ability to cut grass stems, and it is the most efficient way to get them out of the weeds.
The floating properties of braided line make it an excellent choice for throwing any topwater bait. Because it is pulling directly in line with the bait, it makes it incredibly easy to make the bait dance above a fishes head. It is the only choice when it comes to fishing topwater frogs in extremely thick cover.
This is where people get scared because braid doesn’t stretch. The big concern is tearing the bait away from the fish too quickly. However, you can combat that by using a rod with a little more give. I can be a much more efficient fisherman using braided line when it comes to ripping a bait out of grass. If I’m covering water, more casts equal more bass. Single hooked moving baits like swim jigs, spinnerbaits, and chatterbaits are fished on braided line 100 percent of the time in the grass. I also will not hesitate to throw treble hooked baits in the grass if I really need to trigger a reaction strike.
Grass can really make it hard to detect bites and using braid with spinning equipment really increases sensitivity. This is the only situation where I will incorporate a fluorocarbon leader into my braided line fishing. Fish are often getting a really good look the lure so that fluorocarbon leader can get a few more bites. One of the more common finesse presentations in thick cover is fishing a weightless stick worm. I like to run a high visibility braid tied directly to the bait. I color the last 4 feet of line black to blend in a little better with the weeds. This setup gives me several advantages. The floating braid acts as a “bobber”, I can closely watch it floating next to the boat and detect any strikes. These fish often bite and run with the bait so having a braided line cut through all the vegetation they are swimming through can be key to landing them.
You’ll notice several other benefits to incorporating more braided line into your setups. Longer casts and less frequent line changes are the biggest ones. Give it a shot this year and catch more bass in the grass on braid.