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Best Fishing Line for Baitcaster Reels

Baitcasting is probably one of the most common and popular types of fishing between both novice and seasoned anglers. The number one advantage for a baitcaster is accuracy. After hours of practice with a baitcaster, you’ll be able to put a lure exactly where you want it.

You’ll also be able to stop the lure on a dime, meaning bad casts that are headed for a snag can be swiftly recovered.

However, using a baitcaster is not child’s play, and one has to practice for quite a while before they’re able to use the skill effectively. But the results can be awe-inspiring once you get the hang of it, and include the ability to catch more fish and benefit from your line’s versatility.

Speaking of which, there are four different fishing lines that you can use for baitcasting depending on the application. And before we get into which lines to buy, let's take a look at what line might be best for your particular use.

4 Types of Lines to Use With a Baitcaster Reel

  • Fluorocarbon: This line is known for being sensitive and invisible underwater. While you can use fluoro in a variety of baitcasting applications, it works exceptionally well in clear water, in sunny weather, with a stationary fishing line, and when using lures like lizards and worms. On the downside, fluoro can be susceptible to backlashes when used in baitcasting.
  • Monofilament: Monoline is easy to handle and makes baitcasting a breeze, especially for newbie anglers. It has less backlash and is much cheaper as well, but it does tend to break easily.
  • Braided: Some of the most notable features in a braided line include durability, abrasion resistance and its ideal for heavy cover/growth and otherwise difficult conditions. Handling it is no picnic however, and backlash can be harder to get out of with this line.
  • Fusion: This is more suited for reeling in big game fish and is a kick-ass combination of sensitivity and strength. They’re also easy to handle and cast smoothly.
  • Best Fluorocarbon Line for Baitcasters

    Seaguar TATSU 200 yards Fluorocarbon Fishing Line


    This line from Seaguar is constructed from Double Structure Fluorocarbon, a process that makes it a very durable, strong and yet supple baitcasting line. It’s extremely resistant to abrasions; it can last for quite a long time and ties solid knots that hold up well. Sizes for this particular line range from 4-pound test strength to 24 pounds, and it comes in one transparent color.

    What We like

    • This is a solid line for baitcasters and is very hard to break even when you try
    • It offers smooth casting
    • It’s resistant to abrasions
    • It’s quite durable and long lasting, with one spool having the capacity to last up to six months, depending on the size
    • It remains almost invisible under water

    What We Don't like

    • It’s very pricey
    • This line has quite a bit of spool memory, and it does tend to get coiled up and sometimes tangled, which makes it challenging to cast adequately
    • It doesn’t offer different color options, which is usually helpful when considering different applications

Seaguar Abrazx 100% Fluorocarbon 200 Yd. Fishing Line


This is a 100% Fluorocarbon line, which has been specially designed for heavy cover/growth conditions, although it works just as well for numerous other applications. It’s constructed from Seaguar resins and goes through an extrusion process that toughens it up to make it exceptionally resistant to abrasions.

It takes on a transparent appearance underwater, so that fish never see it coming, and it has superior knot strength and durability.

The line’s performance is typically not affected by extremely cold weather conditions, and it's robust enough to withstand UV rays, chemicals, and other scratches.

The memory on this line is quite low, and it’s remarkably sensitive and supple, which means that it casts like a dream. Lastly, this line is available in sizes from 4 to 25-pound test strength.

What We like

  • Ties solid knots
  • This is a tough fluoro line that is resistant to abrasions, UV rays and it can withstand extremely cold conditions without dropping in performance
  • It's very well priced
  • It makes a great leader line
  • It’s very sensitive so that you’re able to feel bites and any underwater movement, as it happens

What We Don't like

  • Tying knots with this can be a mission, but once you get one right, it usually holds up well
  • It’s only available in one clear color, which can be a disadvantage for some applications
  • It's a bit difficult to handle, so it's not the best option to use if you're new to baitcasting

Best Monofilament Fishing Line for Baitcaster

Berkley Trilene XL Smooth Casting Monofilament Service Spool


This Berkley mono line is versatile enough to perform well in a variety of applications and weather conditions. Its features include low memory, so it doesn’t bunch up over time, it’s long lasting and durable, and is easy to use when baitcasting. Another notable feature is its sensitivity, which makes it easy for you to instantly feel nips and bites on it so that you never miss a catch. The line comes in sizes from 2 to 25-pound test, and the spools range from 110 yards to 3000 yards.

What We like

  • It’s a versatile line for baitcasters that you can use during any season and for any application
  • It’s pliable, resilient and impervious to dings and scratches
  • This durable line can hold its own with big game
  • It has very low memory, especially the 8-pound test
  • It’s quite sensitive, enabling you to feel nibbles and the tiniest movement underwater
  • Makes for extremely smooth casting
  • It’s available at a great price
  • It ties sturdy and tight knots

What We Don't like

  • This line would be even better if it had other color options

Suffix Elite 17-Pound Fishing Line


The Suffix line is created from the J7 Micro Resin formula, a manufacturing process which makes for better precision and performance overall. The line features impressive tensile strength, is easy to handle, ties decent knots, and it offers smooth casting and sensitivity as well. The best part of all is that this line gives you more versatility with different color options, including, clear, green and yellow.

What We like

  • This versatile line works for a variety of applications and weather conditions
  • It comes in different colors, namely green, yellow and clear
  • It’s harsh and resistant to breaking as well as abrasions
  • It’s very sensitive
  • Easy to handle when casting, and it’s smooth on the water
  • Features low memory for durability and longevity

What We Don't like

  • There’s literally nothing bad to say about this line at all

Best Braided Line for Baitcasting Reels

Suffix 832 Advanced Superline Braid


Although small in diameter, you just can’t beat the strength of this line, as it’s made from 8 different fibers, including the super strong GORE® Performance Fiber and 7 Dyneema® Fibers. Its features include extreme resistance to abrasions, improved casting distance and precision, and very low visibility.

Other notable features on this line include extreme sensitivity to underwater movement, low memory and the knots you tie on it won't let you down.

You can get it in various sizes from 6-pound test strength to 80-pound strength, and it's available colors include low-vis green (which is ideal for night-time fishing), neon lime and ghost.

What We like

  • This line can tie solid knots, with the most recommended one being the double uni knot
  • It features improved castability and can cast for longer distances with better precision
  • ​It’s super strong and particularly resistant to scrapes and scratches
  • ​This is a long-lasting and hard-wearing line for baitcaster reels
  • You have different color options to choose from when it comes to this line, namely, neon lime, ghost and low-vis green, a firm favorite among reviewers

What We Don't like

  • This line tends to coil up quite a lot, even though it’s purported to have little memory
  • It’s difficult to accurately cut this line, even when you use a sharp object
  • The color fades pretty quickly after use, but it’ll remain visible though

Power Pro Super 8 Slick Fishing Line, Aqua Green


The Power Pro Slick Line is constructed with 8 yarns of the super strong Spectra fiber. It’s a silent killer and casts as smooth as butter. It’s also robust and resilient, with superior knot strength, especially with the Palomar knot. Baitcasting with this line is not easy, especially for novice anglers, but it can be a real prize winner for a seasoned pro. Sizes range from 20-pound test strength at 300 yards to 80-pounds at 1500 yards, and it’s available in colors aqua green and marine blue.

What We like

  • This line boasts smooth casting and superior performance in a variety of weather conditions
  • Does not get wind knots
  • It’s easy to spool
  • Very strong and resilient
  • Superior knot strength
  • Available in two different colors, namely aqua green and marine blue

What We Don't like

  • It’s susceptible to breaking when reeling in big fish
  • It loses its color quite quickly
  • The manufacturer could stand to make some improvements with the memory on this line, as it tends to get bunched up after every cast

Best Fusion Line for Baitcasting

Berkley Fused Crystal Fireline


This Berkley line has a thin diameter, a feature which makes it virtually invisible underwater. On the other hand, it boasts remarkable sensitivity and resistance to abrasion. When it comes to color options, you can have your pick between blaze orange, flame green, crystal, and smoke. Spool sizes range from 125 yards to 1500 yards.

What We like

  • It’s an extremely thin line, almost as thin as a strand of human hair
  • It resists scuffs and scratches very well
  • It’s available in a variety of colors, namely blaze orange, crystal, smoke and flame green
  • It’s very sensitive to bites and nudges
  • Regardless of the color, this line remains virtually invisible underwater

What We Don't like

  • This line sports quite a bit of memory due to having a thick waxy coating. This means that you’ll most definitely end up with a bird’s nest situation on your hands, but at least it’s easy to untangle.
  • It doesn’t cast well and tends to gum up the baitcaster
  • It’s a bit pricey too
  • The color comes off easily
  • It also snaps quite easily

P-Line Hydrofloat Thermal Fused Spectra Line


This fancy sounding line comes with a thermally fused coating on a Spectra base, which gives it the edge with more buoyancy when compared to earlier Spectra lines. This means that it’s easy for you to see it while baitcasting, but it remains nearly invisible to the fish.

The line was designed with steelhead and salmon anglers in mind and allows for a positive hook set on long drifts. It also has low memory and floats easily, thanks to the HYDROFLOAT. Sizes run from 10 to 50-pound test strength.

What We like

  • It’s highly visible and easy to see atop the water
  • It floats well and can be ideal for float fishing
  • Has low memory
  • Works for a variety of applications, even in icy cold weather conditions
  • You just can’t beat the price of this line; it’s very affordable
  • Makes for easy and smooth baitcasting

What We Don't like

  • The knots aren’t very strong as they tend to slip up, but a Palomar or uni knot are worth a try

Lure The Best!

While the above may resemble a cheesy one-liner, there's nothing laughable about the amount of fish you're likely to catch when baitcasting with a good line by your side.

Whether it's your first time, or you're looking for something new to add to your illustrious baitcasting ammo, you can never go wrong with a good quality line.

It must be flexible and versatile enough to carry you through different conditions and applications, with enough tensile strength and durability to last as well.

But even better than the line is your ability to maximize on its features and capabilities, and the only way you'll get better with baitcasting is to practice. So, get out there and 'lure the best!'

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