Tips on Fishing With Copper Line

Tips on Fishing With Copper Line
Copper wire has been gaining in popularity among fishermen. Professional anglers have seen the benefits of its use. Copper wire allows you to fish in deeper water, and even push the limits of depth. Once the fish strikes, it also has a greater chance of staying intact as you reel in your catch.

Pick the Right Size

You will need to determine which size works best for you. Copper wire is available in 30 test and 45 test. The 45 is more popular because it's heavier and more versatile. Because it can be used at substantial depths, it is the choice of most deep-sea anglers.


Know How it's Rigged

Copper wire is rigged in a manner similar to lead core lines. A backing of monofilament or super braid is spooled onto the reel, followed by the copper wire. Attach the wire using an Albright knot. This rigging method lets you successfully fish at varying depths.

Have the Right Reel

Because of the size of copper wire, you're going to need a larger saltwater reel. Some of the reels designed to handle copper wire trolling can be pricey. Look for seasonal sales.

Upgrade Your Rod

To successfully fish with copper wire, you need a rod designed for this type of line. Rods with roller guides are an efficient choice and are moderately priced in the $80 to $100 range, as of February 2010.

Deploy Your Line Slowly

Copper wire is heavier than traditional fishing line, so it will sink at a faster rate. You want to control the speed at which it sinks to keep slack in your line to a minimum. Use the bait clicker on your reel to slow down the speed at which the line sinks. It reduces the extra slack in the line and lowers it to a slower speed.

Change Your Trolling Direction

Trolling in downwind water is the most successful way to use copper wire. By facing this direction, you are able to reach the targeted depth without interference from waves, and your line is stabilized. Trolling in a facing sea is more difficult because the line can drop and dip to depths you never intended. This is due to the wave action pushing against the hull.


Article Written By Christine Donatello

Christine Donatello started as a freelance writer in 1990. Her specialties are articles, academic papers and website content. She majored in history and is 30 credits from earning her degree. Many works have been used without her name due to her working for an academic company. But some of her poetry was published in the "Chrysalis," a publication that was released through her school.

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