Spotted bass are a feisty and aggressive bass, and are very similar in appearance to the largemouth. Although they don’t reach as large of a size as the largemouth, they are well known for their fighting abilities on the end of a line. They tend to orient more on hard structures, and can be found in clear, slow-moving streams and reservoirs, making line choice as diverse as the habitats these fish occupy.
Fishing Lines for Spotted Bass Fishing
Behaviors and habitat preferences play a big role when choosing the best type of line to use when targeting spotted bass. When fishing calmer streams with rock rubble for instance, use fairly light tackle and line (4-to-8 pound test), whereas heavier line (8-to-10 pound test) may be desired if fishing more snag-able structures like large boulders and fallen trees, where you need to put more tension on the line to pull them away.
Monofilament Line for Spotted Bass Fishing
Monofilament is an excellent choice for catching spotted bass in shallow calm water, especially when using topwater lures. Monofilament line floats more than the other line types, and will get pushed by currents more easily than braided or fluorocarbon lines. One benefit to monofilament when it comes to bass is the stretch in the line that gives a little slack when the fish jumps.
Braided Line for Spotted Bass Fishing
Braided line is preferred by many bass anglers, and is a great choice when fishing moving or deep water. When it comes to moving water, braided line has a thinner diameter than either monofilament or fluorocarbon lines and will cut through the water easily, allowing you to work lures more easily across current bends where the fish may be hiding. It also has a lot of sensitivity in the line due to having no stretch, and can increase feeling the bite when fishing deep.
Using Fluorocarbon for Spotted Bass Fishing
Perhaps the best of both worlds, fluorocarbon lines cut through water better than monofilament, and have very good sensitivity due to the very little stretch in the line. The biggest benefit to fluorocarbon lines however is their invisibility to fish – fluorocarbon line has roughly the same refraction as water, and thus looks no different than the water around it, which can really increase your catch on days when the fish are a bit spooky to bite.
Final Notes about Spotted Bass Lines and Leaders
Spotted bass love structure – that is probably the biggest thing to remember when choosing a line size. In general, the riskier the area, the stronger the line you should use in case you have to really pull hard against a fish to avoid it going under a rock. Overall, spotted bass are a ton of fun to catch, and your choice of line will really depend on your preference of lures and where you like to fish, but we hope this guide gives you a good place to start.