Selecting the right line for striper fishing not only can improve
your success, it can also determine whether or not that Trophy Striper ever gets to the
While most Striper fishermen give a lot of thought to the rods, reels,
electronics and lures they purchase, many give little or no thought to the line they buy.
Big Hugh mistake.
When you hook into a Big Striper, your line and the knot is the only thing between you and that life
time trophy. If the line is weak or frayed it's likely to fail during a prolonged fight.
If you don't want to lose the fish of your dreams, it's time to start paying attention to
the line you use and the type of knot you tie.
Here are a few simple tips you can follow to
1) Always go with a
quality line. There are dozens of different lines on the market,
they are not
all the same.
Those bargain basement brands are often "seconds" sold under
someone else's label.
Stay with a major brand.
2) Make sure to check your line several times each day for nicks and weak spots and remove
them from your line, because those spots will be the most likely to fail when that big once in a life time Striper comes-a-callin.
The bottom few feet can also be weakened if the line is stretched in fighting a fish. I
would recommend you retie after ever battle.
3) Always buy your line in large or bulk spools. That way it will allow you to change
your line frequently and will save you money.
4) Heat and sunlight can destroy nylon line so it's a good idea to store your line in a
cool, dark place.
5) Learn how to tie a
and carefully test each knot with a strong, steady pull. Some knots can slip under
pressure while others break at 50 or 60 percent of the line's rated strength.
6) Always check and set your reel drag.
Bottom line is that your fishing line is the last place you want to scrimp.
Remember, when you're fighting a big Striper, maybe the trophy of a lifetime, the only
thing between you and that fish is your line and your knot.