How Heavy Should My Line Be for Surf Fishing?

Surf fishing is one of the most popular saltwater fishing techniques. With an array of techniques and lures, it can be difficult to determine what line weight should be used for surf fishing. The type of line and its weight will be determined by the type of fish that you are Targeting, as well as the conditions you may be fishing in.

For starters, there are two main types of line used for surf fishing: braided and monofilament. Braided lines are strong, durable lines that provide excellent casting distance and accuracy. Monofilament (mono) lines are less expensive than braided lines but they have less abrasion resistance and can stretch more under tension.

When choosing what size line to use, it is important to consider the species of fish you are Targeting. Generally speaking, a heavier test line should be used when Targeting larger species such as striped bass or bluefish.

A lighter test line should be used when Targeting smaller species such as flounder or mullet. A rule of thumb is that if you’re unsure about what size line to use, go with a heavier test line.

The conditions in which you’ll be fishing should also be taken into account when deciding on a line weight. If you’re fishing in choppy waters, it may require a heavier test line because the waves can cause more drag on your bait or lure. If you’re fishing in calmer waters with less wind or current, then a lighter test line may suffice.


Choosing the right size line for surf fishing can seem overwhelming at times but it doesn’t have to be. When selecting your line weight for surf fishing, keep in mind the species of fish you are Targeting and the conditions in which you will be fishing.

A heavier test line should generally be used when Targeting larger species while a lighter test line should do just fine for smaller species. Once you have taken these factors into consideration, selecting the right size line for your needs shouldn’t take too much effort.

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Daniel Bennet