Choosing a Fishing Line: Which is the Best Braid for you?

Surfcasting for stripers? Jigging for tuna? The right braid matters.

All braided fishing lines are not the same. So how do you choose the best braid for the type of fishing you do?

To answer that question, let’s start with a quick overview of the basics of braid construction.
 

4-Carrier Braided Fishing Line vs. 8-Carrier Braided Fishing Line

Braided fishing line is constructed with microfibers spun together to create carriers, or strands. These carriers are woven together to create braided line.
 
A braided line constructed from four carriers is going to be tough and durable, with a rougher finish that will saw through weed.  A braided line constructed from eight carriers will be smoother, rounder, and quieter when passing through rod guides. As a result, it will generally cast further. However, 8-carrier lines tend to be more expensive.

Which Braided Fishing Line is Best for You?

Let’s apply what we know to the lineup of braided fishing lines offered by one manufacturer, PowerPro.
 

“Original” PowerPro

PowerPro begins with ultra-strong braided Spectra Fiber, which is treated with “Enhanced Body Technology” (EBT), a resin that permeates the woven line to make it rounder and smoother. As a result, PowerPro is a round, smooth, and sensitive line that also saws through vegetation and stands up to abrasion. It is the value-priced workhorse of the PowerPro line-up.

Uses: PowerPro is a great all-around choice, especially when fishing heavy cover and weedbeds. Excellent for bottom-fishing, jigging, and trolling. 

PowerPro Maxcuatro

Maxcuatro is also a 4-carrier braided fishing line, but it uses the latest Spectra technology to create a product that is 25% thinner than standard PowerPro lines with equivalent strength. It’s like buying a line one size smaller. Its thin diameter allows anglers to maximize reel capacity and downsize tackle.

Uses: Maxcuatro is a high-end, advanced fishing line for serious anglers. It’s an excellent choice for targeting large, strong fish like striped bass and tunas that have the potential to dump line off a spool. Its thin diameter also works well for vertical jigging by reducing the amount of water resistance on the line.

PowerPro Super 8 Slick V2

Made with a dense weave, 8-carrier construction that creates an exceptionally smooth surface and reduces line friction on the spool and through the rod guides, Super 8 Slick casts like a bullet. It also features added abrasion toughness to give it strength and power that is on par with most traditional 4-carrier braids.

Uses: PowerPro Super 8 Slick V2 is the obvious choice for striped bass surfcasters and all types of boat fishermen – anyone who values making long, smooth, quiet casts.

PowerPro Hollow Ace

Hollow Ace is a specialized form of PowerPro that is constructed to have a hollow center. This allows anglers to use spliced connections instead of knots. With Hollow Ace, you can achieve strength translation near 100% compared to 65% to 70% with a typical knot.

Uses: Popular for offshore and big game fishing where splices are preferred over knots, you can use Hollow Ace to create your own wind-on leaders for casting or jigging bluefin tuna.

8 on “Choosing a Fishing Line: Which is the Best Braid for you?

  1. Dirk Neal

    I just want to know if you could send me a spool to try and then I would like to enter the thing for the Fishing reel

  2. Joe Stry

    Been using PowerPro for years. love it!
    What is the benefit of PowerPro “red”?

  3. LOU

    YES I WOULD LIKE 5 SPOOLS OF THIS LINE TO TEST , EACH HAVING 500 YRDS EACH. IF I LIKE IT ILL SEND YOU A CHECK. DAAAAA

  4. Ryan

    Power pro and overpriced and peforms awful, no thanks. Ill stick to Daiwa

  5. Julius Kelp

    I love power pro. I’ve only used the basic line, but i’never had a line break on me. For surf fishing I use 30lb for the main line with an 50-80lb shock leader. I tie the two with an albright knot wrapping the smaller line 20 times around the leader. Had a few come undone in the beginning but once I perfected tying it, it’s the best knot I’ve used. Extremely strong, and a very compact knot which glides nicely through the guides.

    Like Joe, I wonder what the red is used for. I prefer yellow for visibility, with a moss green leader for invisibility to the fish in. On tropical waters.

    Might have try some Maxcuatro or ssv2.

  6. Orson Trotsky

    This looks like a PP ad since you don’t include Sufix 832 which is the best line.

  7. Curtis Bailey

    NEED LINE FOR THE REELS I MESSED THQT UP WOULD LIKE SOME 20 AND 30 LB TEST NEEDS TO BE YELLOW OR LIME GREEN OR BLUE

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