Braided fishing line is very popular among catfish anglers. It’s great for certain applications but many catfish anglers assume they need to use braided fishing line for catfish and they really don’t need to. It’s one of the most over used pieces of catfishing gear there is in my opinion.

If you’re fishing in scenarios or using catfishing techniques where braided fishing line is the best choice then you need to avoid one critical mistake that many anglers make, not using a backer material on your catfish reel.

If you fail to use a backer material on your fishing reel and properly spool the braided line the first time you land a fish you’ll quickly realize there’s a problem (and you’ll probably lose the fish).

In this weeks catfishing quick tip video Chad Ferguson from Catfish Edge walks you through how to spool braided fishing line for catfish and everything you need to know to set your catfish reel up for success.

Chad Ferguson walks you through how to add a backer material to your reel and some of the options as well as helpful hints on spooling braided fishing line for the best performance.

To get even more information on using braided fishing line for catfish and how to decide if monofilament line or braided line is the best choice for you check out the links below:

How To Spool Braided Fishing Line

Catfish Tackle: The Ultimate Guide To Catfishing Gear

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10 Comments

  1. jordan hicks

    February 16, 2019 at 6:32 pm

    Just put a piece of cloth tape directly on the reel arbor then put the braid onto the reel. Works great, no slip

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  2. Marius Bartolome

    February 16, 2019 at 6:32 pm

    and braid is more sensitive because it doesnt stretch and you will feel the bite of the fish

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  3. Marius Bartolome

    February 16, 2019 at 6:32 pm

    braid is stronger than monofilament

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  4. Nathan Day

    February 16, 2019 at 6:32 pm

    what lbs mono do you use on most of your reels?

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  5. James Bynum

    February 16, 2019 at 6:32 pm

    Do you ever use braid for a leader or do mainly keep it as a main line

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  6. bowhunter63sm

    February 16, 2019 at 6:32 pm

    Great info

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  7. L&S OUTDOORS

    February 16, 2019 at 6:32 pm

    is braid better for float fishing or is mono

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  8. bobb613 fishin'pa

    February 16, 2019 at 6:32 pm

    hey chad. i am limited to fishing from banks as no boat here. suggestions for line type? ive used mono all my life and want to start using bigger bait for cats. like cut bait and maybe live bluegills/sunfish. i mainly fish for cats locally in rivers or lakes but all from bank. i just got a new reel and could use a suggestion for a good rod to match up with it. the reel i just bought is the ambassadeur 6500C3

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  9. The RedneXican

    February 16, 2019 at 6:32 pm

    Great advice, I enjoy all the tips. Any chance of you uploading some Cat Fishing action.

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  10. Zach Parton

    February 16, 2019 at 6:32 pm

    I have used electrical tape before and it works fine. I normally just tie my braid directly to the mono backing with a uni knot. it eliminates the hassle of removing the tape if you want use mono again.

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