Braided Lines

Viewer Bill S. writes:

Hello Jose,
I've enjoyed watching your show for many years now.. you do a great job!

Can you show a knot or two that is easy to tie for putting heavier leader on lighter fishing line.. as ex.. i use 14 and 17 lb. and would like an easy knot to tie on 20 to 30 lb leader... rather than using swivels and loops.. I seem to have lost my touch with tying a good blood and or barrel knot.

I am living near Clearwater, Fla. with no boat and do a lot of fishing from the bank and the piers in the area... thanks for your help.

God Bless,

Hi Bill,

Try a surgeons knot but double the light line. Easy to tie, key thing is to double the 15 and use it as one strand.

Or the blood works well, but again double the light line. In other words, fold the 15lbs line back and use the two lines as one, then go 5 turns with the double 15 and 4 turns with the single 30lbs leader and you will have a knot that's about 90 percent of the line strength.

Hope that helps...

Capt. Jose Wejebe

Viewer Kenny D. writes:

Why do you use yellow fishing line on your shows? What advantages does it have in saltwater over conventianal colors? I fish the brown water of Lake Charles and Calcasieu Lake in Louisiana and the clear waters of Laguna Madre in Texas what would you recommend?

Kenny D. 
Lake Charles, Louisiana

Hey Kenny,

I use the yellow Stren Superbraid mostly when I need to see where the lure or fish is at all times. This applies both inshore and offshore.

The yellow helps me see the lure in the air as when making accurate cast to shorelines or structure. This helps my depth perception between the boat and the shoreline when the lure is in the air and seems to reduce the number of lures in the trees.

Helps me see the lure in the water as when retrieving lure by fish that were sighted and cast to directly. This really works well for redfish and snook when you need to drag the lure close to the fishes face.

Also helps me see exactly where fish during the fight. I find this useful especially when fishing around marsh, oyster bars, structure or mangrove areas that you have the potential of losing the fish. Knowing where the fish is at all time lets you anticipate which way to pull the fish to steer it away from the structure.

Another application for me with the high vis is when trolling offshore, the yellow line stands out well against the blue water so you know exactly where all your baits are in the spread.

The times that I switch to different colors in braided line is when fish are "spooky" either in crystal clear or shallow water. Then I use a color that blend more with the bottom such as the green. Offshore, I use the green if I am live baiting from a still or drifting boat especially for fish in the tuna family. For sailfish, I use the yellow with a long fluorocarbon leader.

Hope that helps,
Capt. Jose Wejebe

Viewer Ben H. Writes:

I've tried using braided line recently with not much luck. When the line is under a lot of pressure it tends to pull down into the spool. When I go to cast the next time it won't pay out very well without pulling it out by hand. I've tried respooling with the line as tight as possible but still had the same problem. I'm using power pro 65lb braid. Any help you could give me would be greatly appreciated.

Ben Hudelson

Hi Ben,

Part of the answer is to pack your line on the spool with as much pressure as possible and also as tight together as possible. Much of it depends on how and what you are using to put the braid on. If you are winding by hand (my favorite) put as much pressure as you can on the line spool and sometimes I put additional pressure on the line just before it comes on the reel spool with a rag or paper towel wrapped around my fingers. Also when I go side to side to layer the line on the reel spool, I make sure it is at a nice steady pace so that the line lays right up against the preceding wrap. If you are using a line winding machine, same things apply..pressure and line wrapped close together.

Having said all that, some braids lay differently on a spool than others. I tend to use a braid that is a bit softer and lays on the spool well. The stuff that I use is Stren's Super Braid. It uses more filaments in the weave to make the line and consequently that makes the line lay better on the spool. Also it has a coating that does not flake off to any great degree.

Hope that helps...

Capt. Jose Wejebe


My name is John & I live in New Jersey. I fish the in the New York Bight & out on Long Island. We target a wide array of species from Porgies, Blackfish & Flounder to Bluefish, Stripers and Bonita. I am presently fishing with a Medium Heavy action graphite rod and a Shimono Calcutta reel. I use 20lb Trilene Big Game Mono. A few weeks ago I was out fishing for Blackfish. These are bottom fish, and can be tough to catch. I noticed that the guys using braided line out caught us mono guys. I've heard that the braided lines don't stretch & you can feel the littlest bump. Since when I go out, the target species can change 4 times, depending on what shows up, what type of braid would you recommend?

Thanks, Love the show!


Hi John,

In response to your query about braided line I'll start out with the advantages which are:

Almost no stretch which, for me makes it a better line for bottom fishing or any type of fishing that you need to feel a bite with. The less the stretch the more you will feel anything that is happening at the hook transferred to your rod tip, making it easier to feel the bite.

Very thin diameter for it's strength. In other word 30lbs. test braid has the diameter of 8 lbs mono. This thin diameter has less water resistance and lets your bait or lure stay near the bottom better and gives you a more "direct" feel to the bait and/or fish when you hook one. Another plus to the thin diameter is longer casts because of less friction through the guides and less wind resistance.

Absolutely no twist when used on conventional and especially spinning reels. Something in the nature of the braid makes it impervious to ANY sort of twist that seems to happen with spinning reels after several fish catches, especially with fish that pull a fair amount of drag.

The strength and abrasion resistance on the braid lasts much longer on the reel than mono. I have put braid on a reel and not changed it for one year, I have not been able to do that with mono. Usually, my respool rate on mono seems to last several months or several weeks depending on how many good fish are stretching that line close to it's breaking strength. The more drag and consequently the more friction through the guides that is placed on mono during a prolonged fight seems to abrade and chafe the line and consequently weaken it in short order.

The disadvantages, (that I see anyway):

You do seem to pull more hooks. In other words, you tend to lose fish that have been hooked and fighting for a while. I think the reason for this is twofold:

First, because the line is so strong for it's diameter, the tendency is to for anglers to pull much harder than they usually do and thereby ripping hooks from fishes mouth.

Second, because there is little to no stretch in the line, the hook moves more than it usually does with the cushioning effect of mono. The more that hook moves and the harder you pull, the larger the hole it creates in the mouth and the larger the hole, the easier it is to hook to drop or rip out.

Both of these can be resolved by not fishing an overly tight drag and not being violent with the rod tip especially in the beginning of a fight.

Line is harder to "pack" on a reel. You really need to be careful how you spool the line on reel and use a fair amount of pressure.

My favorite line for most of my braid fishing is Stren Super Braid, It sounds like the 30 lbs test would be the right size for you and would give you some versatility for multi species type fishing you are doing.

Hope that helps.

Captain Jose Wejebe


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