Saltwater Line

1.What will walt water do to fishing line? 2. does the effects of saltwater on fishing line weaken the tensile strength. 3. why does the saltwater weaken the fishing line? 4. Is saltwater abrasive. How harmful is saltwater to fishing line?

Monofilament line definitely wears to a much greater degree in salt water than it does in fresh water. Part of the problem is the water itself, salt water is definitely more abrasive to line. The other issue is the current. When fishing fresh water one learns that line wears much quicker in rivers than it does lakes. For this same reason it will wear in oceans far more rapidly. The tide and current of the water bring more abrasive things in contact with your line which causes nicks and can lead to breakage. When I am fishing saltwater I like my reels to be spooled with power lines. These lines do not stretch and are much tougher than monofilament line. They are of course easy to detect in the water and must be used in conjunction with a leader. I tie a swivel on the end of my power line and then attach a leader of twenty four inches to the end of the line. This leader is generally of ultra invisible fluorocarbon leader material between twenty and fifty pound test strength based on the type of fish I am attempting to catch. When using this kind of setup I constantly runt he leader material through my hands to check for frays, abrasions or other imperfections that may cause a breakage when I have a fish on the other end of the line. The beauty of this setup is that when it comes time to change the leader it can be done in a matter of seconds, much easier that trying to figure out where to cut your lie and retie.

Daniel Eggertsen
Dan Eggertsen is a fellow saltwater fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on saltwater fishing since 2004.

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