When it comes to bass fishing, there are a lot of variables anglers have to weigh in their minds when they are making their decision when, where, and how they are going to fish a particular body of water.  Water temperature, cold fronts, stained or clear water, barometric pressure, where’s the forage, and many others.  All of these variables play out into the angler’s decision as to what type of techniques he/she wants to use.  As if that isn’t enough to drive a person insane, now comes into play the type of line one needs to use in order to have that “perfect” technique; that perfect sync in order to catch the ever elusive “moss back.”

Listed in this article are the pairings of fishing line to lure to rod to reel that I have found useful for different types of techniques used in bass fishing.  Sit back, light a cigar, read and enjoy.

This will be listed in order from water column status from Topwater to Bottom fishing:

Topwater

For you frog lovers, there is nothing better than seeing an “Ol’ Bucketmouth” inhaling the frog and producing the most aggressive strikes ever seen.  In order to assist in the “hook-up” ration, use the following types of line and pound test to increase your catches.

If you are throwing Hollow bodies frogs, IN THICK Stuff, then the best line and pound test to throw are as follows:

  • Braid: 40, 55, 65 pound

If you are throwing toads such as the Zoom Horny Toads, IN THICK Stuff, then the best line and pound test to throw are as follows:

  • Braid: 40, 55, 65 pound test

Remember, Braid has no stretch in the line.  So, when the fish strikes, wait to a count of three then set the hook.  That will allow ample time for the fish to have the lure in its mouth so you can get a good hook set.

If you are throwing buzzbaits, NOT IN THICK Stuff, then the best line and pound test to throw are as follows:

  • Monofilament: 17, 20, or 25 pound test.

If you are throwing buzzbaits, IN THICK Stuff, then the best line and pound test to throw are as follows:

  • Braid: 40, 55, or 65 pound test

For you “spook” and “walk-the-dog” lovers, this is for you.

  • Braid, (in the thick stuff), 30, 40, or 55 pound test
  • Monofilament, (in the open), 14, 17, or 20 pound test.

Crankbaits

(Listed from Shallow to Deep and Lipless)

If you are throwing shallow running crankbaits, then the best line and pound test to throw are as follows:

  • Flurocarbon: 15, 17, 20 pound test

If you are throwing medium running crankbaits, then the best line and pound test to throw are as follows:

  • Flurocarbon: 12, 15, 17 pound test

If you are throwing deep running crankbaits, then the best line and pound test to throw are as follows:

  • Flurocarbon: 15, 17, 20 pound test

If you are throwing lipless running crankbaits, then the best line and pound test to throw are as follows:

– Flurocarbon: 10, 12, 14, 17 pound test

Spinnerbaits and Chatterbaits:

If you are throwing spinnerbaits,  (Willow leaf, Indiana, Colorado blades) running crankbaits, then the best line and pound test to throw are as follows:

  • Monofilament: 17, 20, 25 pound test

If you are throwing chatterbaits running crankbaits, then the best line and pound test to throw are as follows:

  • Flurocarbon: 17, 20, 25 in order to reach the deeper depths
  • Monofilament: 17, 20, 25 for more shallower depths.

Jigs

(Finesse, Flipping, Football, and Swimming)

If you are throwing  finesse jigs, then the best line and pound test to throw are as follows:

  • Flurocarbon: 8, 10, 12 pound test

If you are throwing  flipping jigs, then the best line and pound test to throw are as follows:

  • Braid, (in the heavy stuff): 40, 65 pound test
  • Flurocarbon, (around structure or docks): 17, 20, 25 pound test

If you are throwing  football style jigs, then the best line and pound test to throw are as follows:

  • Flurocarbon: 12, 15 pound test

If you are throwing swimming jigs, then the best line and pound test to throw are as follows:

  • 17, 17, or 20 pound test