Know that you have chosen the reel and rod, you must pair them with a suitable line. Most reels and rods have labels indicating which line strengths yield the best performance. Still, the market is full of options, and choosing one over the other is quite a challenge.
The biggest and most valuable advice we can give you is sticking to reputable brands. Kastking, Berkley, and SpiderWire are among such brands.
Here, we bring you a selection of the best fishing lines for baitcaster that you can find in the market.
10 Best Lines Comparison Table
|Line||Strength (pounds)||Length (yards)||Colors||Type|
|KastKing SuperPower||6 to 150||327 to 1097||Low-vis gray|
|Berkley Trilene||2 to 30||110 to 3000||Clear|
|Seaguar TATSU||4 to 25||200||Clear||Fluorocarbon|
|SpiderWire Stealth Superline||6 to 80||125 to 500||Blue camo|
|Piscifun Onyx||6 to 150||150 to 547||Black|
|KastKing Monofilament||4 to 30||300 to 600||Black|
|P-Line Floroclear||2 to 30||260 to 300||Clear||Fluorocarbon/Monofilament hybrid|
|Power Pro Spectra||8 to 150||150 to 1500||Green|
|KastKing FluoroKote||10 to 30||300||Clear||Fluorocarbon/Monofilament hybrid|
|Sufix 832||6 to 80||300||Blue|
10 Best Fishing Lines for Baitcaster Reviews in 2020
KastKing SuperPower Braided Fishing Line
- Strong knot strength - dynamically incorporated...
- Low memory - helps you achieve a better, farther...
- Greater abrasion resistance - of KastKing braided...
It is quite a challenge to make a review of any fishing tackle without naming a KastKing product. They have everything you need for your fishing trip, ranging from reels to rods and, of course, fishing lines.
The line doesn’t stretch and transmits any vibration from the line up to your hands. Additionally, it has impressive abrasion resistance. Therefore, you can use the line longer and subject it to tougher circumstances.
Another fabulous feature of this line is that it has no memory. We wrapped it around our reel, and we saw no memory loops. As a consequence, casting with this line is very smooth and precise.
You can choose from four different colors, depending on your needs. But if that isn’t enough for you, KastKing offers the same line in different combinations of lengths and strengths. Of course, the diameter and prices change depending on the exact type of line. As you might expect, the longer and stronger the line is, the more expensive it gets.
Now, we tested several knots with this line, and we faced no trouble while doing so. The resulting knot looked and felt strong to the touch.
But not everything is fun and games with this line. The color fades away fairly easily. Plus, we notice that the diameter is far from being accurate.
- Four different colors.
- Strength: 6 to 150 pounds.
- Length: 327 to 1097 yards.
- Different colors, lengths, and strengths.
- High abrasion resistance.
- Very sensitive.
- It is easy to tie knots with this line.
- Color fades away.
- Resists twists and kinks for optimum control
- Sensitive design to feel structure and strikes
- Incredible strength for confidence and control
First of all, monofilament is only suitable if you are new with the baitcaster technique. Otherwise, you are better off with a braided line. Either way, here you have a reliable monofilament line for your baitcasting reel.
The Berkley Trilene XL monofilament line is quite strong, for a mono. However, we notice that it has a huge line memory. Therefore, we recommend asking the supplier how old the line is before placing the order. Typically, the longer the line has been wrapped around something, the more likely it is for the line to acquire the shape of that object. Thus, the more likely you are to have problems during casting.
Still, the casting is smooth, and you can cover long distances as the line develops low friction. Furthermore, the Trilene XL monofilament line is considerably controllable. As a result, you will have fewer chances of suffering from backlashes.
The line comes in three different colors; all of them are remarkably light. Ergo, the fishes are less likely to detect the line. But you will experience difficulties spotting it too! We had a hard time trying to see the line, especially during the night.
Not being able to see the line is quite a problem because you won’t notice whether the line is trembling or not. Therefore, we recommend using this line with strike indicators.
Lastly, tying knots is a straightforward process with the heavier versions. But things change with the leaner lines, especially for the inexperienced.
- Three different colors.
- Strength: 2 to 30 pounds.
- Length: 110 to 3000 yards.
- Easy to control.
- Smooth casting.
- It hides very well underwater
- It is difficult to see the line.
- Tying knots on the lighter lines is quite a challenge.
- High line memory.
- Crafted from the highest quality material
- Perfect for outdoor and even indoor use
- Made in Japan
Before we start reviewing this line, we have to say that it is very expensive. So, if you are looking for an affordable fluorocarbon line, this is not the one.
Like all fluorocarbon lines, the Seaguar TATSU is virtually invisible underwater. Still, it is easily visible outside it. But where this line excess is in its textile strength.
Thanks to the two-line core, the line has incredible strength and abrasion resistance. It can easily withstand the abuse of tension and the elements. Furthermore, it has low memory and develops almost no friction.
We face no problem during casting. Additionally, we noticed that the line is quite sensitive. You can easily tell whether the fish is biting or not. Plus, the line doesn’t stretch too much, and you can easily set the hook.
Because the line is very expensive, we only recommend using it as a leader. Yet, this could be a huge problem if you don’t know how to join two lines together. As a fact, tying knots with this line is quite difficult, and they tend to get loose. Thus, try your best to keep them as tight as possible.
- Single color.
- Strength: 4 to 25 pounds.
- Length: 200 yards.
- Low friction and highly durable.
- Virtually invisible underwater.
- Knots come loose.
SpiderWire Stealth Superline Braid Fishing Line
- Fluorescent brighteners illuminate line above...
- Strong, smooth, and round Dyneema polyethylene...
- Color-Lock coating technology holds in color and...
Here we go with another braided fishing line. This time we will talk about the SpiderWire stealth superline, which has the nice addition of being almost invisible. So, there is no need to add a fluorocarbon leader to your line.
The line has a Dyneema core, which is the same material used for bulletproof vests. Therefore, you can expect incredible strength and endurance from this line. Some versions have an 80-pound test strength! So, plenty of power to pull out those big boys.
The SpiderWire Stealth Superline comes in seven different colors, including translucid. So, you can choose one according to where you will be fishing. Additionally, some versions have a glowing coating that shines in the dark, making them easily visible outside the water.
In contrast with the KastKing, the color on this line lasts longer and has a higher resistance to abrasion.
The thing that we line the most is that it goes ninja quiet on the guides. Even when reeling, the line makes almost no sound. Furthermore, it has close to no memory, which makes it a great line for baitcaster and spinning reels.
One downside is that tying knots with this line is quite hard. But it is something that happens with most braid lines.
- Seven colors
- Strength: 6 to 80 pounds.
- Length: 125 to 500 yards.
- Wide variety of colors, lengths, and weights.
- The color doesn’t fade away so easily.
- Very strong.
- Hard knot tying.
- The line is not as sensible as other braid lines.
Piscifun Onyx Braided Fishing Line
- Superior Abrasion Resistance and Durable - Powered...
- Strong Knot Strength - Unmatched strength fiber...
- Faster Cutting Water - Unparalleled smoothness and...
Now, it is time to bring you an affordable and reliable braid fishing line. And which other company is capable of keeping the prices down while delivering quality equipment? Piscifun is the only logical answer.
The line has no visible stretch, which makes it a highway of vibrations. Thus, you will feel even the smallest of bites. But that zero-stretch is what causes backlashes on braided lines. However, Piscifun is way ahead. They coated the Onyx lune with an epoxy coating that increases its ability to cut through the water. Thus, decreasing the risk of backlashes.
But epoxy coating is not the only prominent feature of this line. It is strong and has moderate resistance to tension and abrasion. We say moderate because it all depends on your angling skills. If you are careful enough, you can easily pull the line out of heavy cover, or with a decent fish at the end of the line.
The line comes in six different colors. Still, none of the colors has a decent camouflage inside the water. Thus, consider using a fluorocarbon leader with this line. A positive thing about the color is that it doesn’t come off as easy as with other lines.
One feature that we did like is that you can easily tie knots with this line. Of course, the same principle applies; the heavier the line is, the harder it is to tie a knot with it.
- Six different colors.
- Strength: 6 to 150 pounds.
- Length: 150 to 547 yards.
- More affordable than other braided lines.
- Easy knot tying.
- Extremely sensitive.
- The epoxy coating eases the line transition through the water.
- The colors don’t blend with the water.
- The line diameter is bigger than advertised.
KastKing Monofilament Fishing Line
- LOW MEMORY – KastKing mono is made with...
- ABRASION RESISTANT – You can now take on a good...
- SUPERIOR CLARITY PLUS COLORS – Rest assure that...
As we said before, monofilament is only suitable if you are a beginner with a baitcaster reel.
This monofilament line stretched less than other monofilament lines we’ve tested. As a consequence, the line does a superb job transmitting movements in comparison with others. Additionally, the lower stretch increases line durability even further. Of course, the performance is not as good as with a braided line. But for a monofilament, it is more than fine.
As happens with all monofilament lines, this one has a little bit of memory. We notice it as we take it out of the package. Still, once inside the spool, we experience no problems during casting.
KastKing used a single high-density nylon strand to make this fishing line, thereby increasing its strength. However, the line is not bulky, and the dimensions stay true to the label.
You can choose between seven colors, including a clear, translucid line. The latter is perfect for clear water as it blends perfectly with the environment. We notice that the colored lines started to lose their color after some usage. Therefore, you should buy the ice-clear version. Otherwise, you will get your hands full of tint.
Another reason that you should choose the ice-clear color is that the others are fairly visible underwater.
- Seven different colors.
- Strength: 4 to 30 pounds.
- Length: 300 to 600 yards.
- Extremely affordable.
- Dimensions stay true to the label.
- Strong knots
- Color fades away.
- The colors don’t blend so well underwater.
- Used by both professional and amateur anglers
- Superior strength, and stability
- Made using the highest quality components
Monofilament is more flexible than fluorocarbon. And fluorocarbon is more sensitive than monofilament. Wouldn’t it be great to have a middle ground? Well, with this P-Line floroclear, you have just that!
P-Line created a copolymer line with a fluorocarbon coating. The result is a line, with some of the desirable properties of mono, with the invisibility and some sensibility of fluorocarbon.
The fluorocarbon coating increases its shape retention, which eases the casting. Additionally, the copolymer kernel increases line durability and resistance. However, we recommend using this line over waters with light cover to no cover at all. Likewise, this line is more suitable for medium-sized fish, rather than larger spices. Still, everything depends on your angling skills.
Another advantage of the co-polymer core is knot tying. The line is very malleable. Thus, it is quite easy to tie firm and strong knots.
The line is a great conduit for vibrations. Although, it doesn’t compare with the sensibility that braided lines offer.
- Single color.
- Strength: 2 to 30 pounds.
- Length: 260 to 300 yards.
- Great shape retention.
- Good for beginners.
- Not as sensible as braided lines,
- Not suitable for big-game fishes and medium to high covered waters.
Power Pro Spectra Fiber Braided Fishing Line
- Spool directly from the box.
- Built-in cutter
- Package protects the remaining line
Braided lines have been evolving, making them stronger and sturdier. How do they do it? Well, in this case, the Power Pro comes with a spectra fiber core.
You might be asking, what is a spectra fiber? It is like the Dyneema cord used on bulletproof vests, making it both strong and durable. Thanks to it, the line is thinner than a monofilament line of the same power.
In terms of stretch, the line doesn’t stretch much. Thereby, you will have a good feeling of what’s happening beneath the water. Plus, it is extremely easy to set the hook regardless of the fish weight.
Tying knots is a little difficult unless you use some pliers to secure the knot tight. But once done, it says true for a long time.
So far, so good, right? Well, it’s time to bring the bad news; this line comes in seven different colors, including white. The problem is that the line bleeds the color rather fast. Besides, the line doesn’t blend well underwater. Therefore, if you want to fish over crystal-clear waters, you should consider pairing the Power Pro spectra with a fluorocarbon leader.
Finally, the line is a little loud, especially when reeling. The friction might be responsible for such noises.
- Seven different colors.
- Strength: 8 to 150 pounds.
- Length: 150 to 1500 yards.
- Incredible test-strength.
- Good for game fishes and heavily covered waters.
- Noise line.
- The line bleeds the color.
KastKing FluoroKote Fishing Line
- KastKing - the ICAST 2015 Award winning brand,...
- The combination of the two materials maximizes the...
- Low Stretch, high strength, superior abrasion...
If you liked the P-Line Fluorocarbon, but you aren’t familiar with the brand, here you have another option form a reputable company. We promise that this is the last KastKing fishing line we will review.
All that KastKing did to create it was combining their copolymer line with a fluorocarbon coating. The result is an affordable line with some of the benefits of both worlds. It has the sensibility and low visibility of fluorocarbon while keeping the strength and easy casting of copolymer
The line has an amazing sensibility, even better than that of the P-Line. And, you will face no trouble for casting or tying knots with it. Still, like the P-Line, we don’t recommend using this line for big-game fish or extremely covered waters.
The KastKing FluoroKote weight is more than enough for it to sink fast. Plus, it has low water absorption, which is important for fast retrieval of the line.
- Single color.
- Strength: 10 to 30 pounds.
- Length: 300 yards.
- Low visibility underwater.
- The knots stay true.
- Affordable option to mono.
- Good sensitivity.
- The line starts to take the spool shape after some time.
- Not suitable for massive fish.
- Not recommended for top-water lures.
Sufix 832 Advanced Superline Braid
- 8 Fibers (Featuring one GORE Performance Fiber and...
- Ultimate Abrasion Resistance
- Unbeatable Strength
Lastly, we bring you the Sufix 832 braided line. It isn’t cheap that we have to say. But it is such a great line that we could leave it out.
The 832 stands for 8 fibers, 7 high-modulus polyethylene Dyneema, and 1 GORE thread, twisted 32 times per inch. The arrangement, as well as the fibers, are patent-pending. Thus, you are not likely to find any other lines like this one.
It has superb strength of the line comes from the Dyneema kernel, while the GORE thread offers some flexibility and keeps the water out of the core. And, if that isn’t enough, the combination of both fibers grants resistance to abrasion and great sensitivity. As you can see, this line is perfect for giants.
You can choose between six colors. Our suggestion is to use the ghost color, as the others tend to fade away. Plus, it is the best color to fish in clear water, and there is no need to use a fluorocarbon leader.
The problem is that it is very difficult to control the casting and to make knots. Thus, we don’t recommend its usage if you are a beginner.
- Six different colors.
- Strength: 6 to 80 pounds.
- Length: 300 yards.
- Low diameter/strength ratio, allowing you to wrap more lines into the spool.
- Smooth casting and great precision.
- The line loses its colors.
- Difficult to control.
Best Monofilament Line for Baitcaster
Here we have to choose the Berkley monofilament. It is slightly cheaper than the Kastking line. And you will get a great line which also happens to be very controllable.
It is very easy to cast with both lines, and the transition through the line guides is as smooth as it can be. But we find out that the Berkley is slightly more sensible than the KastKing.
In terms of color, the Berkley holds the color longer and blends better underwater. However, be careful, you might have a difficult time seeing the line.
Lastly, Berkley offers the same line over a wider range of test-strengths and greater lengths, which might be attractive for those looking for a single bobbin of fishing line for their fishing trip.
Best Braided Line for Baitcaster
With so many different options, the decision of which braided line if the best was quite difficult. Nonetheless, we conclude that such a line is KastKing SuperPower.
It is cheaper than all the other options, except for the Piscifun. However, the latter doesn’t blend in the water too well. Additionally, we notice that the Piscifun was slightly thicker than the KastKing. Therefore, you can wrap more line and experience less friction with the latter.
While both lines are very sensitive, we notice that the KastKing has the edge here, especially after a few casts. It might be because the KastKing line doesn’t stretch as much as the Piscifun.
Finally, KastKing offers its SuperPower braided line up to 150-pound test strength, which is great because you can stick to one brand alone and only change the line strength.
Fishing is much more like playing chess. Each movement and piece has a purpose. Still, a good move isn’t enough to beat the opponent. You need to have a rock-solid strategy to do so.
In the case of fishing, the rod, reel, line, hook, lure, and knots aren’t enough by themselves. Therefore, you must find which combinations are the best for your particular case.
Thankfully, choosing lines is the least difficult task. Why? The average angler chooses the rod and reel first. Then, the line, terminal tackle, and knots.
The fact that you first pick a reel and rod shortens the list of possible candidates. Still, you must analyze some aspects of the line before choosing one over another. Here, we will teach you how to choose the best fishing line for a baitcaster.
Fishing line types
We will begin with a little description of the most common fishing lines you can use with baitcaster reels. Initially, all of them are suitable for baitcaster reels. However, under certain circumstances, some fishing lines are better than others.
Mono is the starting point of any angler. It is the easiest line to deal with, especially for baitcaster reels. Thus, if you are not familiar with this type of reel, you should consider using monofilament.
The reasons are simple; baitcasting often means backlashes and tangles. So, the more elastic the line is, the easier it will be to untangle it. And, like monofilament is quite elastic, loosening any knot will be fairly easy.
However, monofilament has a problem. Its flexibility tempers with the line sensibility. As a consequence, you will lose the ability to sense some movements or tiny bites.
Furthermore, monofilament has the lowest abrasion resistance of all lines. Thus, the line test-strength decays over time and with use. But what happens when the line has visible signs of wear? All that you need to do is to cut that portion of the line. A perceptive angler always knows when to re-spool the line.
Lastly, monofilament has a line memory. That means that after being wrapped for a long time, the line will take the shape of that object. You might think that it is not a big deal, but it will affect casting distance and line performance.
Fluorocarbon is less flexible than monofilament. Thus, it grants a higher sensitivity, allowing you to feel most of the vibrations and underwater movements.
Additionally, it has a higher abrasion resistance than mono and braid. But the biggest advantage of fluorocarbon is that it is virtually invisible underwater. Consequently, this line is the perfect choice to fish over clear water, or if the fish has an extremely sharp vision.
Nevertheless, the fluorocarbon is very expensive. Most anglers use fluorocarbon as a leader tip. This way, the fish won’t see the line, and you won’t have to spend a fortune to re-spool every time the line gets tangled.
Another problem is that fluorocarbon is heavier than mono. Therefore, it might not be the best choice for top water baits.
Braid lines have the highest strength/diameter ratio, which means that for a given test-strength, the braided line will have a smaller diameter. Ergo, you can wrap more fishing line into the spool.
It has less elasticity than the other two lines we mentioned before. As a consequence, the line transmits even the slightest vibration. The problem with this is that untying a knot is next to impossible. Moreover, the inelastic behavior of the line makes it prone to tangle during the casting.
Despite being the best line baitcaster reel, we do not recommend using it if you aren’t familiar with the casting mechanisms.
Keep in mind that braid lines are easily visible in the water. So, don’t use it on clear water, unless you use a fluorocarbon leader. Otherwise, you will spook the fishes.
It is one of the most significant aspects when choosing a line. And, it represents the amount of strength the line can withstand before snapping.
Typically, both the rod and reel have a label showing the compatible lines. So, all that is left is to choose the exact line that you need. But how? A basic rule of thumb is to pick a line with, at least, the same test-strength of the fish you are targeting. For example, if you are targeting a 15-pounder fish or a fish that fights like one, you must use a 15-pound line. A thing that you should consider is that fishing lines strength decays overtime.
Still, depending on your skills, you might be able to land a big fish with a thin line. But it will be a lot harder.
Normally, the stronger the line, the thicker it is. Beginners tend to overlook this feature. Yet, you should consider that the thicker the line, the more friction. Ergo, less casting distance and more wear down. Still, thicker lines are more resistant to abrasion and have longer endurance.
Depending on the situation, you might need more life. For instance, you will need more fishing line for massive fish, long casts, trolling, and deep-water fishing.
In contrast, for topwater or boat fishing, you will not need that much line.
Color is not a problem with fluorocarbon fishing lines, as it is almost invisible to the fish’s eyes. However, things change when it comes to braid lines.
That is the reason why braid lines have colors that help them to camouflage once in the water. There are different colors, and each one has its advantages and disadvantages. But we recommend using greenish colors when fishing in lakes.
In contrast, yellow and red lines are easily visible, which means that you can see any trembling in the line. However, fish will be able to see the line too. Thus, pair your line with a fluorocarbon leader.
The general rule is to use lines with as little color as possible if the fish you are targeting relies on its sight. But, if you are targeting other species that rely on vibrations or scent to find their prey, such as catfish, you can choose whichever color you want.
All lines wear down in time. Of course, some do it more rapidly. Additionally, the constant casting, the exposure to the sun, and friction increases the speed of the decay process.
That is why it is important to check your line for any signs of erosion before any fishing trip and replace the line if necessary.
Furthermore, if you are using monofilament, a thing that we only recommend to greenhorns, you must also check for any signs of line memory. If so, it is better to re-spool the reel. Otherwise, you will experience casting problems, and at the end, you will lose more fishing line.
All reels and rods have a label that indicates which line weights you can use. Trust the manufacturer’s suggestion, as they test each reel/rod before releasing it to the market. You will have performance issues otherwise.