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How Often Should You Change Your Monofilament Fishing Line?


Author: Bullbuster Team

How Often Should I Change My Monofilament Fishing Line?




This article covers the question: “How Often Should I Change My Monofilament Fishing Line?”. Many anglers come to our site looking for the answer to this question. The answer can be broken down into three categories depending on who you are as a fisherman. 

  1. How Often Should A Weekend Warrior Chang Their Monofilament Fishing Line?

If you are a weekend warrior fisherman, that means that you fish 3-4 times a month on average. This can be weekends or getting a few weekdays off a month to get out fishing.  In this case, you should be changing your monofilament fishing line at least once every 6 months. 

  1. How Often Should A Charter Captain Change Their Monofilament Fishing Line?

If you are a fishing charter captain, you get a lot more wear and tear on your monofilament fishing lines. Not only do you get more wear and tear on your monofilament fishing lines but you also get a lot more sunlight on your lines even if you are not using that particular rod.  UV rays are one of the main deteriorating factors for monofilament fishing lines.  So in this case you should be changing your monofilament fishing lines at least once every 3 months. 

  1. You Are Fishing A Big Money Tournament 

If you are fishing a big-money tournament where everything is on the line, then you are going to switch out your lines more often.  For any tournament with a potential purse over $20,000, you should at least spool your reels right before the tournament starts. After each day of fishing, you should be checking your lines after each day of fishing to feel for any abrasion. 

For tournaments with a purse above $100,000, you should be changing your lines after each day of fishing.   

          So why the HUGE disparity between changing your lines so fast for a tournament while a weekend warrior and a charter captain can wait several months to change their monofilament fishing line you might ask?  Well in short after every big fish there is going to be memory in your line.  Even monofilament fishing lines with very small amounts of memory will be a small percentage point weaker than they were before the stretching event.  This doesn’t matter as much if you miss one fish on a charter, more or going to come by.  But for a tournament you need the odds on your side, losing one fish can cost you $100,000 or more for the bigger tournaments. So multiplying that chance by the number of dollars, you see that the case for the ROI of changing your line out every time is there. 

The Ultimate Guide To Monofilament Fishing Lines

Monofilament fishing lines known to most as “mono fishing lines” are still today one of the most popular types of fishing line. Mono lines are easy to handle and have the give and take to keep your hook firmly set in a fish's mouth. Our monofilament lines have great casting, low memory and , have extreme tensile strength to diameter ratios.

We put together this guide to help you to not only learn more about monofilament and where it is your best bet, but to help you to figure out what type to you, how to choose your line colors, how much you need, how often to change it, etc. Our ultimate goal is to help you spend more time fishing. 

Tips For Reading This Guide:

 We have tried to order the from most basic to more advanced.  This is so everyone can get started with this guide.  If you know something already simply keep scrolling.  Anyone can get started with this guide, but only those ready to make a commitment to spending more time fishing are going to get what they need out of it. 

+ Why Mono Is Awesome? 

(If you already know the basic benefits of monofilament SCROLL DOWN)

+ It Is Easier To Handle Than Braid

Monofilament is softer and more flexible than braid so it is more forgiving on your hands. It is also more conducive to rapid rigging since it does not require fancy tools to cut through it like braid 

+ Monofilament Acts Like A Shock Absorber

Our monofilament has high stretch and low memory. This means it has give and take to let you fight a fish without getting jerked around or tearing a bigger hole in the fish’s mouth and when the pressure releases the line goes back to its original form with little to no trace that it ever stretched. 

+ Monofilaments Thicker Diameter Is Good Around Structure

When you are around structure monofilament’s thicker diameter comes in handy, it means that it can take more of a beating while maintaining more of its strength.  If this is important to you, you may want to use  a heavy leader topshot, or even a wind-on leader.  If you are an intermediate to advanced fisherman you may consider using our hollow core braid to adjust your seamless leader length with ease.

+ It Floats!

While mono does absorb some water it usually remains neutrally buoyant, meaning that it is great for working topwater lures or not messing up the action of any number of lures that have different sinking rates. 

+ It Is The Most Economic Fishing Line

Monofilament is pretty old technology so the methodology of making it has been perfected over time to make you a high-quality product at a very affordable cost. Our monofilament is made by combining pellets of several different polymers that are extruded, stretched, and cooled aat optimal levels to bring you a line that catches fish and is simply badass.

+ It Is Really Easy To Tie Knots With

Our mono is designed to not only be easy to tie knots but to hold the strength of those knots when it is needed most. If you want any advice on how to tie knots take a look at our articles on knots. 

+ How People Use Our Mono: 

(If you already know the basic uses for mono KEEP SCROLLING)

+ Trolling:

Many people fill their whole reel with monofilament for trolling. The reason for this is monofilament has the give needed for hooking big fish while the boat is still moving forward. Also most people scale their reels to the size fish they are targeting so there is not always a reason to add braided backing. 

+ Kite Fishing:

Very few serious fishermen use anything other than mono for kite fishing. Our monofilament has the abrasion resistance needed to go in and out of kite clips all day and is subtle enough to handle as you pick up or drop your kite lines to keep your baits in the zone or take them away from unwanted bites.

+ Fishing Around Structure: 

Mono is definitely more abrasion resistant than braid around sharp objects. This is simply because of its larger diameter. Having a couple chunks cut out of our mono by sharp structure under pressure is not always an issue, whereas braid is not forgiving around anything sharp. 

+ General Fishing:

If you are looking to fill a reel up for general fishing, monofilament line is the way to go. Braid has been dubbed the new “superline” but mono has been catching fish since the 50’s and there is a reason it is still around (It works!). When using monofilament be sure to check rinse it off after every use and change it after it begins to have some wear and tear or has had too much sunlight. 

+ Monofilament or "Mono" Topshots:

When you fill your reel completely with braid there is very little give and take. Adding a monofilament or “mono” topshot can give you some give and take and act as a shock absorber for the tremendous amount of force that comes with a large fishes mass pulling against you at high speeds and with extreme acceleration. This can stop a big fish from jerking you around like a ragdoll and it can also reduce the movement of the hook in the fish’s mouth making it less likely to create a bigger hole in the fish’s mouth which often results in the hook pulling.

+ Land-Based Shark Fishing: 

We strongly recommend a monofilament topshot for land-based shark fishing. We also recommend only kayaking your baits out to expose your monofilament to the water and use your braid as your secret backup. Monofilament line is a hell of a lot more abrasion resistant than braid. When fishing for sharks from the beach, there is often a lot of structure to provide abrasion against your line. There is always something, it can be the reef, rocks, crab pots, and even the constant grinding of the sand against your line. For this reason it is always good to have a fresh mono topshot. This topshot should be replaced on a regular basis as the elements their toll on the line. There are also lots of toothy critters out there such as blacktips, and bluefish that may cut you off. Getting cut off with mono will put a much smaller dent in your wallet. 

If you are a serious shark fisherman looking to break records and win tournaments, you should be replacing your top shot after every several trips or every BIG shark. This is especially true for any line not originally designed for land-based shark fishing like Bullbuster monofilament. 

+ General Big Game Fishing: 

Monofilament or “mono” lines are great for big game fishing as top shots because they are easy to handle and have give. 

+ Just In Case: 

We know that lots of you use just in case braided backing to turn small reels in to beast slaying machines. It is always good to have a monofilament topshot to work with for rapid rig changing, easy handling, and give and take. 


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