Hi-Vis Braid Helps Anglers Pick Up Subtle Bites
Strub relies on the thinner diameter of five-pound test regular PowerPro for his smallmouth success. He pairs it with an invisible fluorocarbon leader to make ultra-long casts to finesse super-spooky fish with micro-baits, spy baits, hair jigs, and dropshot rigs. By watching his line, he’ll pick up those subtle bites.
“You’ll see your line pop, stop, or speed up on the fall,” Strub states. “Those baits are pushed forward by smallmouth attacking them from behind creating momentary slack. You wouldn’t feel that with any other line.” Strub color-codes his line choices based on the technique that he’s fishing to keep him organized and fishing efficiently.
Due to its low-stretch properties, Strub has come to value the sensitivity of braid. “When I’m dropshotting on slack line, often there’s a bow in the line. You’ll never feel that bite without braided line,” Strub said.
Deep water and fishing in five-foot waves only complicate things - but braid gives you an advantage, notes Strub. “With 80-yards of line out, you need a no-stretch line to feel the bite and get the hooks in,” Strub said. “Cold water smallmouth sometimes won’t even bite - they’ll just stop the bait.”