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Although Iâ€™m a bass angler at heart, I love hooking up the aluminum boat and targeting panfish from time to time. Itâ€™s a great change of pace and it allows me to fill my freezer with tasty and healthy fillets.
Iâ€™ve had a hard time finding a fishing line that I like, however. Every panfish line I buy tends to jump off the reel and twist really badly on a windy day. This is especially true when I’m using small inline spinners when Iâ€™m bluegill fishing.
A few years ago, I found a really goodâ€”and cheapâ€”line that I wanted to share with everyone. I bought a few spools of Lewâ€™s Mr. Crappie Monofilament Line and itâ€™s now my definite line of choice for all things panfish.
Iâ€™ll quickly explain what sets it apart from the rest Iâ€™ve tried.
Itâ€™s the strongest 6-pound test Iâ€™ve used
I get snagged a lot when Iâ€™m fishing for panfish. Whether Iâ€™m chucking inline spinners towards shallow laydowns or trolling jigs over the tops of brush piles, some days it feels like I catch more wood than fish. Luckily, this has given me a great opportunity to test the strength of this line.
Lewâ€™s Mr. Crappie Monofilament is absolutely the strongest 6-pound test Iâ€™ve ever used for panfishing. There have been several instances in which Iâ€™ve actually dragged a submerged Christmas tree several feet while trying to break my lineâ€”and I actually get my hook and/or lure back.
This line has only failed me one time while catching a fish; and a 7-pound largemouth ate one of my crappie minnows and my drag was set too tight. Iâ€™ve caught plenty of crappie in the 3-pound range and huge bull bluegill without a single line failure. I have yet to find a panfish line that’s tougher.
Resists line twist
As I mentioned earlier, I love fishing small spinners around bluegill beds. Iâ€™m always doing it for fun, so I donâ€™t go crazy with my gear selection and start tying barrel swivels to my line. Iâ€™m just trying to relax.
Even when I tie a spinner straight to my main line, I experience very little line twist while using Lewâ€™s Mr. Crappie Monofilament. Iâ€™ll get a few coils every now and again, but they fall out quite easily.
Behaves well on the spool
Iâ€™m not ashamed to admit that I buy most of my ultralight reels from the refurbished bin. They work just fine and Iâ€™m not fighting huge fish most of the time, so theyâ€™re just fine for me. But not all of these reels handle line very well. In fact, most of my reels are pretty â€œpickyâ€ when it comes to panfish line.
Since using Lewâ€™s Mr. Crappie Monofilament, I honestly canâ€™t remember the last wind knot or birdâ€™s nest Iâ€™ve experienced. It rarely jumps off the spool and lays flat, whether Iâ€™m casting into the wind or trolling over deep brush.
The color doesnâ€™t bother the fish
I have caught hundreds of crappie that didnâ€™t seem to mind the hi-vis yellow color. I actually prefer it because those panfish will bite so lightly, itâ€™s important to see the slightest jump or twitch in my line. Itâ€™s easy to see in both sunny and cloudy conditions, and that easy bite detection is often the key to filling up my cooler.
I actually know a non-sponsored Elite Series pro who fished with 6-pound Lewâ€™s Mr. Crappie Monofilament during the 2017 Cherokee Lake event. He was using crappie jigs to catch lethargic, cold-water bass and this line helped him win a $10,000 check. So I guess the bass didnâ€™t mind the hi-vis yellow, either!
Available at FishUSA.com
This stuff is dirt cheap and strong as an ox. If youâ€™re looking for a good panfish line, I truly believe youâ€™ll fall in love with this stuff. Prices start at just $4.99 per spool.