How to Buy the Best Fishing Line

People say a fishing rod is the most important component of game fishing. As an angler, your catch will depend on how best you can handle your fishing rod.

People also believe that the bait is the spice of all fishing expeditions. Game fishing can either be effortless or complex, depending on the kind of bait you prefer to use. After all to bite the hook, the game must find bait that is irresistible.

Notwithstanding the important given to fishing poles and baits, you are likely to return empty handed if you ignore one of the most important components – the fishing line.

Before we discuss how to buy the best fishing line, you must learn more about how they work so you can buy them with confidence.

There are two important actions associated with a fishing line:

1) Casting – This motion ensures that the bait is cast correctly with preferred angle and the required gap. This is especially important in game fishing where each attempt adds to the success.

2) Spinning – This movement is important as it ensures that a fishing rod doesn’t give away when you are rolling the trapped fish. A good fishing line would also ensure an easy and fast spin.

Based on this information, here’s what to look out for while buying a fishing line:

1) Strength – The fishing line should have enough strength so that it doesn’t collapse while you are rolling in the catch. While buying a line, you must take into account the moisture or dryness factor of your locale. These affect the strength of the line a lot. If you live in a wet or windy location, go for cofilament cables are they are not much affected by water. Conversely if you live in a dry location, you can go for a monofilament cable. Cofilament cables are generally more expensive than the monofilament ones.

2) Resistance to Abrasion – The cord should resist abrasion so that it doesn’t lose its quality when scratched against different surfaces like stones, metals, underwater objects etc. While fishing you wouldn’t know what lies below the surface of water so it always pays to buy a line that offers high abrasion resistance. If you are using a poor quality line you would need to cut it frequently to get a fresh cord to be able to catch game.

3) Stretch – The stretch is one of the most important qualities of a fishing line. It gives proper allowance to the anglers so that they are able to catch game. It also helps the novices to gain an upper hand while fighting a hostile fish without losing the catch.

Fall Pier Fishing Tips

Fall is the time for pier fishing as anglers flock to the beaches to get in on the annual runs of fish like bluefish, flounder, speckled trout, pompano, spot and red drum. It can be great fun to pull fish up onto the pier planks, and you’ll catch more if you remember a few simple fall pier fishing tips.
Use fresh bait.

Piers are always willing to sell you bait but most of it will be previously frozen. If you are going to use shrimp, squid, mullet or other cut bait then you need to buy or gather your bait ahead of time. The best place to find really fresh shrimp and mullet is the local seafood market, although roadside stands and grocery stores are also possibilities.
Fresh bait has two big advantages when pier fishing. First, it is much tougher for bait stealing fish to tear off the hook than bait that has been previously frozen, meaning the extra money you spend buying fresh bait you will actually save in keeping it on the hook.
Second, fresh bait leaks the important juices necessary to get the attention of roving fish and will always attract more bites. Fish will hold onto fresh bait longer as well. Fresh is always better when pier fishing.

Fish shallow and deep.

For some reason most people who go up on an ocean fishing pier migrate to the middle of the pier to fish. But usually the best action can be found in the shallow water (which is fine territory for flounder and pompano) just in or outside the whitewater foam of the surf or in the deeper areas where predators like bluefish and Spanish mackerel run.
Many fish are feeding on sand fleas and small crabs and will be found close to the whitewater wash of the surf. Flounder are thin can go into extremely shallow water and pompano actually turn themselves sideways to get into the shallows and attack sand fleas. Thus, fishing the frothy surf can bring great rewards when pier fishing.

At the same time, big baitfish schools of mullet and pogies roam around the deeper water areas, and if you are casting plugs for bluefish or Spanish mackerel you need to be where the larger predators will be roaming.

Some of the best pier fishing baits in the fall are fresh cut shrimp and chunks of bloody, fresh cut mullet.
Tie your own rigs.

When fish are running really well the leader and rig you are using won’t matter. But in times when bites are hard to come by you will usually see local pier anglers doing better, and the main reason is that they tie their own rigs without a bunch of snaps and swivel s that will turn wary species off. Fish that are known to be “leader” or “hardware” shy include flounder, speckled trout, whiting (sea mullet), pompano, spot (at times) and red drum.

You can tie your own simple pier fishing fishfinder or double-bottom rigs, or if you are “know-challenged” you can buy some pre-made from companies like Sea Striker that don’t use all the snaps and swivels. No matter what, avoid wire leaders for any species except big bluefish or sharks. Wire bottom leaders are often sold at piers alongside monofilament rigs and they definitely cut down on the strikes you get. For most pier fish you don’t need to have wire to avoid being cut off.
Use underhand lob casts.

Fall fishing conditions on the pier can get crowded, and the best way to cast is to swing your rig under the pier and lob it out straight in front of you. This will pay off in less time spent unhooking tangles with other anglers. If you rear back and cast away upwards (and into the wind) you have a lot less control of where your rig is going and the likelihood that you’ll become entangled with another angler’s rig is far greater.
Most fish are not way out anyway but instead a short distance from the pier. Underhanded lob cast allow you to pinpoint where you put your bait and hit the same spot after you have begun to catch fish.

Dress in layers and bring sunscreen.

Although it may be chilly in the morning when you begin pier fishing, fall days can become quite sunny. Make sure you dress in layers so that you can shed clothing as needed and don’t let the morning chill or wind fool you-the sun can still give you an angry burn even in the fall. Bring the sunscreen when pier fishing and apply it when you need it.