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Underwater Test of Fishing Line Colors

Underwater Test of Fishing Line Colors

(Music starts) Jeremy: Hello fellow anglers. There are a
lot of different color fishing lines out there and I was wondering which one is best and
hardest for the fish to see. So what I did was; I put a bunch of different color and
types of fishing line on this contraption and took it down in the ocean with me. Here’s
what I found. Looking down at the line in clear blue water
at the bottom of the ocean with the ocean floor contrasting I learned that the red and
the brown seven strand and the orange braid were the easiest to see. Now interestingly
some manufactures claim that red line disappears underwater. And its true that red light does
disappear within the first few feet, going down, in natural things. For example, blood
in fish or people at the bottom of the ocean is a dark green. Also, Red Snapper are not
red at the bottom of the ocean, they’re white! Now sometimes you’ll see red reefs and all
this stuff in underwater videos. But that’s generally when they have light in front of
their camera so its shining and bringing out the reds or they’ll put a red filter over
their lens. But naturally you don’t see red deep underwater. Pass the first few feet even.
Now in unnatural things red does not disappear. Like this red fishing line. It was just a
dark red underwater. Also, there is a piece on my BCD that’s red and it was red at 70
ft down! Now where as red line didn’t disappear, I did have a fluorocarbon pink tinted line
and its supposed to take advantage of these disappearing red properties. Now with pink
tinted fluorocarbon, it was very hard to see. Now looking down, the hardest lines to see
where the clear and tinted fluorocarbon lines. So then, trying to get more of an outward
contrast I held the line straight out and looked through this way, into the blue rather
than looking toward the bottom of the ocean. Looking out the hardest ones to see were the
clear lines and even the green tinted line. Although, the 80 lb fluorocarbon tinted line
didn’t had as well as the clearer smaller lines. Looking up the seven strand and the red line
were the easiest to see while the hardest to see were the clear lines and the bright
green. Finally, we went to 15 ft of water and tested how the line looked looking down
into the deep blue water. The red and braid line were the easiest to see. And actually,
the dark seven strand wire was hard to see. Also the clear and tinted fluorocarbons did
well looking down, but not the bright green. It was a little easier to see. We also did
this test in a dirtier green water. And, it did affect how they looked. It made the darker
tinted colors stand out more and with all the particles it seemed to make the lines
a little more visible than I’d like. So basically what I learned from this is don’t
use red line if you’re using it so the fish won’t see it because it was always one of
the most visible lines to see. Also, if you’re trolling lines, bright color lines are pretty
good. Clear and bright color lines looking up blend in very well with the bright sky
as the background. And I noticed, I did a video earlier where we were trolling lures
overhead to see what they looked like and the line I was using was a high vis green
and it was harder to see that line as it was trolling by. Most of the time I couldn’t see
the line I would just see the lure coming by. I even called Diamond Fishing Company
who makes a high vis green and blue fishing line and they kind of confirmed what I was
saying that the bright colors blend in well looking up. And some other studies had even
come up to the same conclusion I had. Also, remember there are other reasons for choosing
fishing line besides just can the fish see it or not. I like to use high vis lines when
I’m trolling because at the surface I can see where the lines are or if they’re tangled
or there is an angler at the bow I can see where that fishing line is, what direction,
and how close it is to the boat. Seaguar said for example, with the pink line, one of the
reason people like to use that for a leader is when they’re going to leader a fish in,
they can see that slightly tinted pink. Braid is also good even though it is easy to see.
It’s good for bottom fishing and deep water where you don’t want any stretch. You want
to be able to feel exactly whats going on at the other end. And it has a small diameter
line so it doesn’t blow back in the current. I would just recommend putting a top shot
of either fluorocarbon or hard to see line. And finally, seven strand also is not very
clear underwater; its pretty easy to see but it keeps fish with sharp teeth from cutting
you off. You’ll get more strikes with just mono but you’ll catch more fish with the seven
strand wire because the fish won’t bite through it. I asked whether a line being clear is
a bad thing. Like too clear. When you think about it if clear is see through why not use
color at all. Well, sometimes light can shine on clear and that light kind of carries it
and actually makes it brighter and easier to see. So that’s why they use color sometimes.
So, I hope this helps you guys to understand what fishing line looks like and kind of bust
some of the myths about red line and stuff like that. If you have any other questions
let me know and if you would like to see some more of my videos there are a couple right
here. Thanks for watching!

65 comments on “Underwater Test of Fishing Line Colors

  1. Fish don't normally look down for prey. They usually look up. Try running your test again contrasting the line with the sky. A fish doesn't know what a fishing line is. All that fish know is eat, reproduce and survive. I've proven many times that I'm somewhat smarter than a fish, but not always. You have a great day.

  2. We have no way to understand how fish see colors. Also fish are adapted to very diverse marine environments.

  3. Nonsense, before having fluorocarbone lines
    in our lifes, people were fishing better then now. Just a scam to spend more money

  4. what you are saying is 100% correct and i have tested lines in murky water and clear water and the color of the line dose effects the baits . Arabian gulf Arabian sea the sea of Andaman's sea and other locations. thanks for the valuable info have a good one.

  5. Hello . You can't nanofil wound in the bobbin .You have most likely damaged . He is so eager to get in the inertial coil after reloading in the future on the nodes and where was bent on the bobbin.And here generally without regard to the chain block that performs the rod or spinning reel.All soldered strands to this exposed. My English is not native language sorry .

  6. Great video presentation and editing.  : ) We do know that fish respond to different colors. We do not know what their brain perceives it as in the visual light spectrum. Similar cell structure of cornea, lens, rods and cones, retina, the macula and optic nerve does not mean that the fish 'sees' color like humans do. We frail humans will never have eyes like birds, mammals, reptiles, fish, insects or spiders. People then percieve what we 'see' by only seeing what we want to see….or believe

  7. How fishing line looks to your eyes matter not at all.  It is not about red disappearing.  Fish do not see the same way humans see, and there is very solid scientific evidence that fish are color blind in the red spectrum.  This is also true of some shades of green.   How much this matters is up for debate, but nothing is as meaningless as using your eyes to tell what line colors look like to fish.

  8. Two years back, offshore I was fishing with a guy: we both had 25 lb main line, same color and type braid, leader, same weight, same length, same hook–from the same package, and both with the same fluorocarbon BRAND–but mine was "clear" and his was color "multi". Both fishing live anchovies. He took seven big yellowtail and I was zip. I changed to his COLOR of fluoro–and wallah! I started catching fish at his rate. I can't sort it, how can you beat "invisible" clear fluoro? Is it that "clear" is not in fact, clear in water which is colored?

  9. this is only accurate in regards to how "we" are seeing these lines. fish see totally different than we do, they see with UV as well. shine a UV light on your lines, you may be VERY shocked at the results.

  10. First, thanks for sharing this, great info:)
    But I have to ask. I fish after Nordic salmon in saltwater, the water is bluegreen and have some brown seaweed etc. I fish in the top water layer (i guess it is maximum 10 meters deep to the bottom). I am fishing in the shoreline throwing my fishing lure. Will a good choice for me be GREEN braid like Power Pro? Also if i want to use fluorocarbon leader, is the PINK color the best choice here? Do you have a brand you recommend etc for that?

  11. Awesome Video !!!!! I just Subscribed to your channel and please return the sub…Thanks…

  12. If you could do one on braids including white, high-vis yellow, dark green, red and blue would be absolutely fantastic!

  13. So what's more important?….for us to be able to see the line?…(so we can untangle from others lines, etc.?)….or…. for the fish to not be able to see the line?

  14. From a fish's perspective I don't think color of line matters much, they don't have the capacity to think, "hey, there's a human trying to catch me on the other end!" Color of bait matters, somedays more, somedays less.

  15. Here is a new video we made testing different color braided lines underwater:

  16. Excelent vid! Just what i was looking for! Its incredible how there are so many different colors of lines and specialy braided and no body talks about it! 🤔😎 thanks 4 sharing! ✌

  17. I consider that white color is the best for topwater game. Because you could see the two big company in Japan, YGK and Varivas, their long casting series adopt white color mainly. That totally explains what color is the best braid for topwater. Although Varivas' most expensive casting line is grey, it claims it is stealth. Hope one day you could test the line's visibility.

  18. Once again the fluoro (first and third from the right) lines are no less visible than the mono line (second and fourth from the right) in most light conditions. When they say "Fluoro caches more", I think they must mean catches $$ from anglers. Search youtube for on fluoro test : do you see a host of manufacturers demonstrating how their fluoro is less visible than mono? NO – you see hardly any such videos, and when you do they are nowhere near thorough and from various angles. This fact says it all.

  19. Very helpful, thanks. I think one of the big factors into colors is how many times a fish has been caught & released. They may associate a particular line or lure with a very painful poke in the mouth. I will say, though, my grandson's first try at fishing caught a largemouth with several lip tears from previous catches, and it grabbed at a simple grub like it was candy.

  20. Different animals see in different color spectrums and detail…….is majority of game fish vision able to see similar enough to humans for us to judge what hides best?
    If fish see uv the lines clear likely are highlighted as an example.

  21. Great video, went fishing day before grouper season closed in Fl. My buddy and I using same rig, egg slider stopped by swivel and a 4ft fluorocarbon leader with size 7 hook using Sardines hooking them the same way…In an hour he caught about 12 me ZERO then I realize the only difference was I had braid to my swivel he had clear mono. Changed over to my other rig with white/clear mono and whalla fish on almost immediately. We were fishing about 3 ft. from bottom. Caught 20 plus groupers and only 3 keepers….Cheers

  22. Enjoyed this video a lot. Your explanations made sense.
    Have gone to Hi-vis yellow braid, clear mono & floracarbon,
    & Yozuri disappearing pink for my line needs.
    Will pay attention to more of your videos in the future.
    THANKS !!!

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