Mono vs. Braid

Line selection can be a very daunting task, especially with so many lines available on the market, and each with their unique characteristics. Certain lines may be favourable for long distance fishing such a braid, while other are more suited to casting like monofilament. The choices are endless, so we asked our team what line they prefer and why:

Jaco Jacobs

I hope that I never have to choose between these two as both play a significant role in my fishing.

Mono is fantastic when you are fishing short distances and casting. It is my firm favourite for fishing rivers. Mono sinks much better than braid does, which helps if you have a light current in your swim or very wary fish. Mono is also far more abrasion resistant. Abrasion resistance is very important when fishing over a rocky or snaggy bottom.

Braid is brilliant for fishing long distances – its high breaking strain and low diameter makes it the best option for extreme range fishing. Additionally, it doesn't allow for any stretch, which means bite indication is far better – handy when snag fishing. You will have immediate indication and have a better chance of keeping the carp from snagging you up because you are in direct contact with the fish.

Pieter Grobler

I use braid for all my fishing and I do so for one reason and one reason alone – the zero stretch factor. Braid in my opinion can be very rewarding. It adds another element of excitement to my fishing allowing me to feel every headshake, bump or snag my catch might graze. Yes, there are many drawbacks to braid: it is not ideal for casting, never sinks properly and hook pulls are a given if you don't play your catch correctly. Easy does it!

On the flip side, monofilament is way more forgiving with fewer drawbacks, especially on your wallet. Personally, I don't like the elastic band effect. But all is not lost. Some companies are already working on a ‘happy medium’ by developing low stretch monofilament lines. One example would be Korda's Touchdown – maybe a worthwhile alternative. For now, I will stick to braid.

Otto Kruger

Like with most carp fishing tackle, there are advantages and disadvantages. This is no exception when choosing between mono and braid. Personally I prefer sinking braid – the advantages are more line on your spool, no line twists and braid last longer compared to mono. Braid cannot stretch and it allows you to be in direct contact with the fish, which is critical when fishing long distances.

The disadvantage of braid is that it does not sink as well as mono line. Mono is much heavier and sinks faster and better which is a big advantage when fishing pressured waters or venues with a lot of weeds.

I am using Sufix 832 sinking braid for most of my fishing and I use back leads to help pin the line down.

Wijan Pretorius

Being lucky enough to experience fishing on very large waters, down to urban ponds, I have fished with both braided and monofilament mainline. I believe that both have their advantages and disadvantages. Depending on your style of fishing and the situation you find yourself in when hunting those lumps will be the main deciding factor on which one to use. Focusing on my current fishing strategies and tactics a strong, durable and abrasion resistant mono is my poison. Being versatile to many situations, I prefer using 20lbs breaking strain that allows me to cast accurately as well as 'bully' a fish when I need to. Having a little bit of stretch can be used well to your advantage. As I have learned from pulling fish right through snags, the mono gives you a little bit of forgiveness when the adrenalin and testosterone take over.

Wynand Roest

I have been fishing with mono for the past five years and absolutely love it. Of course both mono and braid have their pros and cons; however I prefer fishing with monofilament line because:

  • It's versatile and allows me to deal with the demands of different fishing situations.
  • It stretches and absorbs shock.
  • It holds knots better.
  • No need to worry about any wind knots.
  • I believe it's harder for fish to see when targeting places where the water clarity is crystal clear.

Razvan Vlad

I have used both heavily and in many situations. At the moment, I use braid due to the water conditions (damn crabs!). Advantages that I can see against mono would be bite indication. If I get a beep on braid, something touched my line or end terminal. It has less wind resistance on casting and a bit more distance due to the thinner diameter. Braid also has a longer lifespan compared to mono that I would have to change once (if not twice) a season. Disadvantages would be price and that it has no stretch which can be unforgiving when it comes to playing a fish, especially under the rod’s tip. Another disadvantage is that most braid tend to float which can affect your line lay and collect a lot of surface debris. Choosing carefully when selecting line is very important.

If I can get away with it, I would use mono for all the advantages mentioned by the other contributors. I would add that the mono is much cheaper than braid, even if you change it twice a year.

Let us know what you prefer. Leave us a comment below or email us at info@carpfever.co.za.

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