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What Fishing Line Do I Need For Trolling?

Author: Bullbuster Team

Tips To Help You Choose Your Line For Trolling

What Fishing Line Do I Need For Trolling?
Jaren Luke a Bullbuster Ambassador with a beautiful tuna.

We wrote this article as a guide to help you choose your line for trolling. There are many species that can be targeted while trolling so we will group this article into species and tackle size and then make recommendations about which fishing lines you will probably need. 

What Braided Fishing Line Should I Use?

Braid is great for trolling but since it has very little stretch we recommend using a wind-on-leader or mono tophsot. We recommend using 30-130Lb braid as backing for trolling reels. Make sure any reel you spool on your trolling reels is spooled on tight!

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Pro-Tip:  Wind-on leaders  make a great ad-on to trolling reels full of braid!  Your wind on leader will not only act as a shock absorber, but it will also make it easier to handle a big fish when it is boat side. 

Wind On Leaders For Trolling

What Monofilament Fishing Line Should I Use?

Monofilament is definitely your best bet for trolling. In many cases you can get away with 20-30Lb monofilament with 20-30Lb class gear. This should cover you for many fish such as mahi, sailfish, small tuna, and wahoo. If you expect to hook up into any big game fish such as tuna, wahoo, or small billfish we recommend beefing it up 50-80Lb mono with braided backing. If you are going strictly for big game such as big ahi (yellowfin tuna) or marlin we would beef up the tackle to 125Lb monofilament. 

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What Monofilament Leader Material Should I Use?

Leader Coils For Trolling Lures

Most trolling lures are rigged with 150-300Lb grander leader. For larger trolling for big game such as marlin and large ahi, you may want to scale it up ith leaders between 400Lb and 600LB test. 

What Fluorocarbon Leader Material Should I Use?

80,100, 130Lb fluorocarbon makes for great trolling leaders. 

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