Things To Consider When Buying Saltwater Fishing Line

Expert anglers will know that when you go saltwater fishing; you should not use freshwater fishing line as they are totally different. Saltwater fishing line has some specific features that make it the best line for this type of fishing.

If you want to try a new place for your trip and decide to go saltwater fishing, read on to learn more what you should know about how to buy and use a salt water fishing line.

First, here are things that you need to consider when buying saltwater fishing line:


There are 3 main types of fishing line available on the market which are monofilament, braided and fluorocarbon fishing line.


This type of fishing line is one of the cheapest and most popular fishing lines. It is very water resistant and can be used with many types of fishing knots. However, it can stretch easily and has memory. Not to mention that it is the least strong fishing line. If you want to catch big fish, you need to buy one with bigger diameter and big line will easily be seen my line wary fish. Mono comes in several shades, but clear and blue are popular because they disappear underwater and are very difficult for a fish to see.

Monofilament Fishing Line

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Unless you go fishing near the shores and want to catch small fish only, you might consider changing to other types of fishing line for big trophy fish.

Another disadvantage of this fishing line when you use it for your saltwater fishing trip is that it is more vulnerable to saltwater than braided and fluorocarbon fishing line are. If you often go to the sea to fish and want to buy a line that lasts for a long time, you should not choose monofilament fishing line.


The material of monofilament fishing line is a single strand of nylon. Yet, braided fishing line is from braiding multiple strands together, hence its name. And for that construction, braided fishing line is tougher than monofilament fishing line. With the same line strength, you can have a braided fishing line with smaller diameter than monofilament fishing line.

Since most saltwater fishing will bring you bigger fish, a braided fishing line is a better choice.

Braided Fishing Line

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Not to mention that braided line is the strongest against UV rays and salt water, making it the most durable saltwater fishing line.

Finally, a braided fishing line is very sensitive with low stretch, making it much easier for bottom fishing. Braid has no memory so loops and twists aren’t a problem.


Braided and monofilament fishing line are the traditional type of fishing line while fluorocarbon line is the new one. The most significant feature of this line is that it comes with low light refraction, making it less visible by fish, especially in clear blue body of water.

Fluorocarbon Fishing Line

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While being nearly invisible making it a very good fishing line, it takes you time to tie any fishing knot and will be vulnerable to UV rays and saltwater as well.

Pound Test

The pound test, which is line strength, is understood as the pounds of pressure against the line in order to make it snapped. This pound test is also known as the strength line. You should choose the pound test of the line based mainly on the drag system and loosely on how big of a fish you want to cash.

In general, the pound test is three times heavier than the pressure that a drag system can resist. So pick your pound test accordingly.

It is also common to pick a fishing line with heavier pound test if you want to catch big fish. And lighter pound test if you want to catch small fish.


Wire is very useful if you aim to catch fish with sharp teeth and strong jaws. In addition, you can use this leader material for casting your baits in deep areas.

Two main types of wire are one strand and braided, which both have their own strength and weakness.

  • Single strand wire: It is thin and strong. However, it can be easily bent.
Single strand wire

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  • Braided wire: Opposite to single strand wire, braided wire will not bend. This makes it easier for you to try different types of knots.

Other Factors


The choice of how much weight a line should have depends much on your preferences. A much heavier line is stronger but also stiffer and harder to control. On the other hand, a light fishing line is not strong but it helps you to cast for a far distance.

Line Color

You can choose high visibility color for your saltwater fishing line if you want to check its movements. However, if you want to trick the fish, you need to make the line as invisible as possible by using camouflage or clear fishing line. The best line you can consider is fluorocarbon clear or high visibility clear water.

fishing Line Colors

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How To Use Saltwater Fishing Line

How To Store It

You should store it in a cool dark place, away from damp water sources and UV rays. Keep in mind that even if you put the fishing line in the shelf without using it, it will not live forever.

Make sure that the place has a constant degree of temperature and humidity level.

How To Clean It

It is very important to clean the fishing line right after you come back from your saltwater fishing trip. If salt remains in the line or your fishing equipment, it will absorb into the materials and destroy them. So make sure you rinse off the line and wash it carefully after each use.

How To Clean fishing Line

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After cleaning your saltwater fishing line with soap and water, you should apply a coat of lubricant onto the line. It would help to create a barrier to protect the line from outside harmful factors. Also before going on a trip, you can apply a thin coat of lubricant to prevent salt and water from getting into the line when you cast it into water.

Setting The Drag

The drag system refers to the amount of pressure of the reel on the fishing line against a pulling fish. Having a suitable drag system will help to prevent line from breaking and losing any fish.

Before you go on your fishing trip, you should set the drag. The amount of the drag should be set at 1/3 of the fishing line’s strength. If your fishing line is a 30 pound test line, you should set the drag of 10 pounds. You can easily set the drag by attaching the line with a hand scale and the other tip of the line on a holder. Keep pulling on the line with the hand scale until it shows the number of pounds you desire.

Keep in mind that a strong fishing line is not the sole factor for a successful catch of a big fish. You need to apply certain techniques into dragging as well as staying patient.


Here are some of the most important and useful factors that you need to consider when you want to buy a saltwater fishing line. Choosing a fishing line for saltwater fishing is no different than choosing other freshwater fishing line. You need to consider among different types of fishing line, construction and strength.

I hope that with all of the information, you would be able to come up with the most suitable fishing line and have proper knowledge on how to use it. It can then support and enhance your fishing experience.