Fishing the ultra-clear waters of Lake Amistad, he gravitates toward fluorocarbon because it’s less visible under the surface, but ultimately his decision comes down to the depth and action that he desires.
In the pre-spawn and the immediate post-spawn, a slow methodical retrieve is best. When the fish are gorging on bait in the fall, he likes a frantic, fleeing action.
“When you’re fishing it slow, fluorocarbon is better,” he said. “It gets the bait down a little more, probably a foot and a half to two feet. When you pause it, it suspends. The fluoro sinks, so it helps it stay deeper.”
Indeed, depth is another primary consideration in making the choice. When Dove wants the lure to achieve its maximum diving ability, not only does he use fluorocarbon, but he will wind the lure down to its ultimate depth as soon as it hits the water.
“I reel it five or six times on the initial retrieve before I begin to work it,” he said. “That way you start off deeper.”
There are times when he wants a wider side-to-side action, though, and that’s when he goes to monofilament, which has more stretch. “If I pick up speed in my retrieve, I move to mono,” he explained. “It provides more action, so when the fish are chasing shad in the fall, that’s what I prefer.”
Regardless of which style of line he uses, it comes from Blackwater Toray.