It’s been at least 15 years since I started using spectra fishing line for inshore fishing but looking back, I realize that I spent at least half of that time not using it to it’s fullest potential.
When I first started using it, spectra wasn’t all that easy to find at your local tackle shop and it was extremely expensive when compared to monofilament. This resulted in me buying a bulk spool of 65-pound line and using it for everything from throwing the surface iron on my jig stick to fishing sand bass and calicos on my bait casters. While this one size fits all mentality did work well enough, when it came to throwing smaller baits for bass, it definitely had its shortcomings.
It wasn’t until years later when I’d finally used up that bulk spool of 65-pound that I decided to buy some different weights of line and see if they fished the lures any better. To my surprise, even going down to 50-pound line made a huge difference when casting hardbaits and dropping down to 30-pound opened up a whole new world of presentations. I was so excited about the potential that I even bought some 20-pound spectra. As it turned out, I didn’t have the patience or finger dexterity to pick out the constant and tiny backlashes the thin line caused so I stripped the reel and refilled it with 30-pound
Regarding fluorocarbon leaders, I recommend using something lighter than your spectra when fishing anywhere that you might snag the rocks so that you break your leader and not your line. If you’re interested in learning some easy spectra to fluorocarbon connections, I’ve got a couple of how-to videos available here.