With exceptionally tough fish, especially those tucked deep in cover, braided line affords maximum sensitivity and quick response to light, nipping bites. However, you’ll often fare best with fluorocarbon. “I throw 16- to 20-pound Yo-Zuri TopKnot main line because Florida bass make their beds close to some kind of cover, so light line is not recommended,” said FLW Tour pro Mike Surman. “Today’s fluoro is usually fairly invisible, so the fish don’t see it good.” The TopKnot line in natural clear is available in seven ratings from 6- to 20-pound test, on 200- ($12.99-14.99) and 1,000-yard ($59.99-$69.99) spools.

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