What Pound Line Should I Use for Surf Fishing?

Surf fishing is a popular activity among anglers, especially during the summer months when the weather is warm and inviting. While surf fishing can be done with any type of line, there are certain lines that are better suited for the task than others. The type of line you choose for surf fishing will largely depend on the type of fish you’re Targeting, as well as the size of the bait you’ll be using.

If your goal is to catch larger species such as striped bass or tarpon, then a heavy-duty line such as a 50-pound test monofilament or a braided line up to 60-pound test is recommended. These heavier lines will help you land these larger fish without breaking or snapping. For smaller species such as whiting, croaker, and pompano, a 15-20 pound test monofilament or 10-30 pound test braided line should suffice.

In addition to selecting the proper strength of line for surf fishing, it’s important to consider other factors such as water clarity and current velocity. In murky water conditions with strong currents, heavier lines are often preferred since they have less tendency to stretch and break in these conditions. On the other hand, lighter lines can be used in clearer water with milder currents.


When it comes to choosing a pound line for surf fishing, there is no one-size-fits-all answer. The type of line you use will depend on various factors including the type of fish you’re Targeting and the water conditions present at your chosen fishing spot.

Heavier lines are typically best for catching larger species while lighter lines are better suited for smaller species. Ultimately it is up to each individual angler to decide what pound line works best for them when surf fishing.

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Michael Allen