The Following Tips are
Ron Crandall of Ron's
Monofilament line is the
most commonly used line for shore or pier fishing.
To Stretch or Not to
To Stretch: When
fishing around pilings, or in rocky, kelp areas along the coast, where
wave surge is a factor, use a line that has some Stretch to it. This
way if snagged, the line will stretch instead of breaking. Example:
Berkley Big Game -- 30% stretchability.
Not to Stretch:
When you have a lot of line out, as when fishing off Pacifica Pier for
salmon, use a line that has little or No Stretch. If you have 100 yards
of line out with a 30% stretch you have 30 feet of stretch before setting
the hook. Example: Advantage -- 12% stretch.
Color: In kelp,
rocks, piers, or when fishing with other people use Bright colored, solar
type, florescent line with a clear leader. Examples: Berkley Big Game
Solar (bright green), Ande Tournament (bright yellow), Stren (Clear Blue
Florescent). Use clear or subtle lines when fishing for Game Fish like
When To Change Line:
New line is Shiny, Smooth, and feels Oily. Change line when it is Chalky,
Not Smooth and/or is Nicked.
chalkiness is usually visually obvious, (the line is not shiny and looks
whitish), sometimes you're not sure. If in doubt, hold a darker colored
cloth in your hand and draw the line through it. You will see the white
chalky residue that indicates it's time to change line.
Nicks: To check
for nicks and abrasions, run the line through your thumb and forefinger
to feel for nicks and unevenness. If your hands are callused, gently
run the line through your lips.
Note: Pay particular
attention to the last 10 to 15 feet on your line each time you go fishing.
This part of the line takes the worst beating. If nicked or abraded,
cut off the end of the line and start with smooth line each time you