Attention to detail is a key ingredient for a successful day on the water. Unfortunately some anglers invest little thought when it comes to selecting fishing line. For Professional Anglers like Sunline Pro Brett Hite, fishing line is serious business.
Following his season opening triumph at the Walmart FLW Tour Event on Lake Okeechobee, Hite visited with BassEast to discuss how his line selection contributed to his success at the Big O. “Line is crucial and you don’t want to have a problem with it,” advised Hite. “So much of fishing is confidence, I don’t want to second guess myself. I have confidence in Sunline, this allows me to focus 100 percent on fishing.”
Hite’s primary pattern involved winding a 3/8oz. Chatterbait Elite dressed with a Yamamoto Swimming Senko over submerged grass. Over the course of his career Hite has mastered the technique of fishing with a bladed swimjig. Hite has a preference for using 20lb. Sunline Super FC Sniper Fluorocarbon in combination with a heavy action glass rod. “Sniper casts great and has just the right amount of stretch,” said Hite. “A bass can generate a lot of leverage with a bladed swimjig, so having a glass rod and line with a small amount stretch is important. I have lots of confidence in Sniper.”
As a follow up to the Chatterbait, the Arizona pro, utilized a swim jig finished with a Swimming Senko trailer. Hite opted for 20lb. Sunline Shooter Fluorocarbon. “Many swim jigs are made for use with braid and have stout hooks,” said Hite. “I use Shooter because it has less stretch than Sniper. I also use a heavy action graphite rod to ensure a strong hookset.”
On Day 3, Hite made the key decision to go to his back up punch bite. He employed a 1.5oz Tungsten weight, a Gamakatsu Heavy Cover Hook and a Yamamoto Flappin’ Hog tied to 60lb. FX2 Sunline braided line. FX2 is the perfect line for the punch technique It has excellent handling properties. Manufactured with a tight circular weave, it will not dig into the reel spool and has excellent abrasion resistance, sensitivity and knot strength.
“Know your line and have confidence in your choices,” tipped Hite. “When there is money on the line there is no doubt that I will have Sunline on my reel.”
By Mark Fong
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