How Heavy Should My Fishing Line Be?

The size of your fishing line plays a major role in the success of your angling efforts. Depending on the type of fish you are looking to catch, as well as the water conditions and type of bait, the weight of your fishing line should be chosen carefully.

For instance, if you’re Targeting small fish in still waters and using light bait, then a light-weight line would do best. Conversely, if you’re looking to cast further distances or catch bigger fish in choppy waters with heavier lures, then a heavier line would be more appropriate.

In general, the heavier your fishing line is, the thicker it will be. This means it will have more tensile strength and will be able to withstand more pressure while casting or when hooked onto larger fish.

Heavier lines also have less stretch which gives you greater control when casting and retrieving lures, as well as greater sensitivity when feeling for bites. However, one downside to using a heavier line is that it may not turn over lures properly when casting lighter ones.

On the other hand, lighter fishing lines are much thinner and have more stretch than their heavier counterparts. This means they can cast lighter lures better but lack strength when dealing with bigger fish. They also tend to provide less control over casting accuracy and bite detection due to their greater elasticity.


When choosing what weight fishing line to use for your next angling trip, consider what kind of fish you are trying to catch and what type of bait or lure you will be using. If you’re Targeting small fish in still waters with light baits then go for a lighter weight line whereas if you’re looking to cast further distances or Target bigger gamefish then opt for a heavier line with more tensile strength. It all comes down to finding the right balance between sensitivity and strength that works best for your needs.

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Michael Allen