StripersOnline › SurfTalk › Stripers Online Forums › Freshwater Fishing Forum › 8 pound test line for bass
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

8 pound test line for bass

post #1 of 24
Thread Starter 
I have tried bass fishing with 8 pound test line.
I have landed a 35 inch blue catfish on 8 pound test line while shad fishing- somehow the 1/16 oz jighead hook didn't straighten and the line didn't snap- using a small pflueger trion reel.

However, I have already had one instance of 8 pound test line snap at the hook while setting the hook on LM Bass- probably less than 3 pounds. I tie the 3/0 round bend offset work hook with a Palmer knot. I do not lock down on my drag


On the flip side, I did land a 22 inch bass on that same 8 pound test line.

Is 8 pound test too light for LM bass in mostly open water?
What do you guys think I might have done wrong concerning the line snapping on hookset?

Gear mentioned in this thread:

post #2 of 24
Quote:
Originally Posted by bluefish1928thing View Post

I have tried bass fishing with 8 pound test line.
I have landed a 35 inch blue catfish on 8 pound test line while shad fishing- somehow the 1/16 oz jighead hook didn't straighten and the line didn't snap- using a small pflueger trion reel.
However, I have already had one instance of 8 pound test line snap at the hook while setting the hook on LM Bass- probably less than 3 pounds. I tie the 3/0 round bend offset work hook with a Palmer knot. I do not lock down on my drag
On the flip side, I did land a 22 inch bass on that same 8 pound test line.
Is 8 pound test too light for LM bass in mostly open water?
What do you guys think I might have done wrong concerning the line snapping on hookset?

Few questions to narrow it down...
1.) do you pull on your hook and line to make sure the knot will hold?
2.) is the line old?
3.) was there any wear on the line?

I use 8 lb test myself and havent had a line break that wasnt my fault. So assuming that you had fresh line with no abbrasions in it, it should have held.
post #3 of 24

i use 8lb test all the time.  you cant power fish with it.  but in open water it should be enough.  

post #4 of 24
I use 8 pound for susky smallmouth (up to 5 pounds) and fish senko's and drop-shot with 8 pound for largemouth (up to 6 pounds) with no problems. I DO NOT fish heavy cover with 8 pound test and wouldn't reccomend doing so but for open water not a problem.

Dan
post #5 of 24
You might have had a knick in the line. With lighter mono, you should check the first several feet regularly and retie if anything feels wrong. Otherwise, you should be fine.
post #6 of 24
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sweetwater View Post

You might have had a knick in the line. With lighter mono, you should check the first several feet regularly and retie if anything feels wrong. Otherwise, you should be fine.

I couldn't have said it better, i have lost many of large mouth because of a knick in the line, also since mono stretches the strength of it is weaker after a couple of nice fish! Thats just my opinion tho!

post #7 of 24
Caught 1000's of fish on 8lb w only a few break off's mostly related to not retying after hooking and or catching a fish.
post #8 of 24
Quote:
Originally Posted by Paul_M View Post

Caught 1000's of fish on 8lb w only a few break off's mostly related to not retying after hooking and or catching a fish.

+1, prefishing days is often when this happens. Catching a bunch, then hook into a nice one and it breaks you off. Not retying will do that to you. Also, dont try to flip a 6 lb fish into the boat as the same time it tries to dive frown.gif
post #9 of 24
I agree with KS.

If I have a break off on mono it is usually because I was too lazy to retie or are on a hot bite and forget to retie. Bass don't have big teeth, but they sure can abraid and weaken your mono in a hurry. Nothing hurts worse than loosing a nice fish to a break off. It can also get expensive with some lures.
post #10 of 24
Bluefish:

To check your line, inspect the knot visually turning the knot so you see all sides, then run your fingers up and down the line to feel for knicks and frays. If the line feels anything but smooth in your fingers, you should cut off and retie.
post #11 of 24
8 lb is fine. When I use mono I only use 6 lb or 10 lb depending on where I am fishing (and not using braid which is my favorite line).
post #12 of 24
One other possible trouble spot might be the hook eye. I've noticed that some hooks do not have the eye closed completely, and it seems to be all brands have this issue to some extent, so small diameter line can get in that small gap & potentially get cut. The better brands (Owner, Gamakatsu, Trokar, Mustad Ultra Point) seem to have less of this issue, but with mass producing I'm sure that each & every hook will not be inspected for defects, so it's up to the end user to check the hook. If you use Matzuo hooks, from those that I've seen, there are a lot of hooks that do not have the eyes closed completely.

Be sure the hook eye is closed completely, and that will at least eliminate one possible problem.
post #13 of 24
Pulled a nice largemouth last year around 6 1/2-7lbs (posted the pic on the persona best thread) it was taken in heavy cover on 8lb test but it was taken on 8lb fireline if that matters. 8lb should be fine for most occasions but like it was already said just try to re-tie after hooking or landing a fish, or rubbing against structure
post #14 of 24
8lb Fireline breaks around 17 pounds. It is not the same.
post #15 of 24
Makes sense lol, but im just curious as to how they rate it at 8lb test if its actually closer to 17. Is it just to make them look better?
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Freshwater Fishing Forum

Gear mentioned in this thread:

StripersOnline › SurfTalk › Stripers Online Forums › Freshwater Fishing Forum › 8 pound test line for bass