Best Line for Chatterbaits

Best Line for Chatterbaits

​Like most single hook lures chatterbaits will generally perform best with a line that has little or no stretch.

Ideally you want to get as much feedback back through your line so that you can feel how the blade is performing, which lets you fine tune your speed of retrieval.

Chatterbaits are commonly thrown in summer over the top of heavy weed.

Most chatterbait rods will have a medium/heavy power rating so you need a line of at least 14 lbs fluorocarbon or 30 lbs braid.

When working this type of water you really need a line that can handle being dragged through thick vegetation and to that end braid is usually the go to choice.

However, in open water or very clear water fluorocarbon will perform much better than braid.

If you do decide on braid then you will need a fluorocarbon leader as heavy braid direct to a lure is rarely a good idea.

  • ​Fluorocarbon - Fluorocarbon will work best when working a chatterbait in either open water or around structures in extremely clear water.
  • Braid - Braided fishing line gives you a massive advantage when fishing over in and over the top of heavy weed beds or lilies. Due to it's thinner diameter it slices through weeds much easier than either fluorocarbon or mono
  • Monofilamant - Mono has the most stretch of any line, however if you are trying to work your chatterbait just below the surface so it causes some wake then it can be a decent choice as it floats much better than either braid or fluorocarbon.

​Best Line for Chatterbaits


​Seaguar Invisx is one of the best low stretch lines available and as it's name suggests it is also great when working clear and open water.

​I have found that it casts a little bit smoother than Yo-Zuri Hybrid as is a true fluorocarbon line and it less prone to coiling on your reel that Yo-Zuri.

It has great abrasion resistance properties and can take a lot of abuse off of vegetation and other submerged structures.

Specifications:

  • ​Low visibility
  • Great knot strength
  • Smooth casting line

​The choice of best fluorocarbon line for chatterbaits is usually between Sunline FC Sniper and Seaguar Invizx above.

Sunline Siper casts extremely well and spools well on any modern baitcasting reel.

​It performs really well in heavy vegetation and is considerably less visible than the equivalent braid.

Specifications:

  • ​Great abrasion resistance
  • Triple resin coating
  • Low stretch

​One of the most popular braided fishing lines ever produced Power Pro Spectra Braid is available in a huge range of strengths and spool sizes and is very good value too.

​It is a great casting braid and maintains a very uniform rounded profile even as it ages which makes it really good at slicing through thick weed cover.

Specifications:

  • ​Perfect for heavy cover
  • Uniform rounded profile

​Some claim that Yo-Zuri is the best line for chatterbaits and it is hard to argue against it.

My only gripe is that it is a little stiffer than most other fluorocarbon lines as it is a hybrid blend of fluoro and nylon.

​Being a hybrid it does benefit from the high knot strength thanks to the nylon and a really strong abrasion resistance due to the fluorocarbon.

​It can coil a bit more on your reel due to the stiffness but other than that it is an exceptional line for heavy chatterbait fishing it your are around a lot of snags.

Specifications:

  • ​Strong knot strength
  • Highly abrasion resistant