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What size and type of fishing line for crappie fishing?

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By Anonymous - Posted on 25 May 2010

Man there is a dizzying selection of line at the Bass Pro shop now days and I am wondering what type and size line you guys use when crappie fishingi?

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Sam thanks for the question and support of the website. As usual I can not give a simple answer to your question. I use several kinds of line depending on what type of fishing I am doing. (1) Most often I single pole and my favorite is the Berkley Vanish 6 pound line. It is a fluorocarbon line that has good strength and durability and very low visibility. (a) When the water is muddy I like a braided like a Fireline 8 pound. Especially on Grenada where the 3 pounders live. This stuff is almost unbreakable and the Fireline has just enough stiffness to keep it from wrapping around the end of the pole. (2) Slow trolling I use a 10 pound Pline on the reel and a 8 pound Berkley Vanish for the double minnow rigs. Pline is much cheaper than fluorocarbon and has good strength. (3) Pulling crank baits I like the the 10 Pline also. I could use a bigger line to help handle the cats and bass but found the bigger the line makes it tough to get the cranks down to deeper water. I have tried a lot of lines and today this is what I use. I try new lines pretty regularly and there are other good lines but these are my preferences. No HI Vis for me. Not that you can't catch fish on it but just stays in my mind the fish might see it.


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Good question, good answer. Spider wire definitely has it's draw backs, mainly tangling around the end of the rod or snagging on a swivel, but it's strong and small. i have not tried the Fireline as of yet, but think I will give it a try.
I like thin line as my jigs stay down, however,I hate having to tie jigs on when the bite is on or the wind is blowing you into the next county.

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