For catching catfishes by braided line and monofilament line, anglers have different opinions. Some are suggesting braid for its good strength, and some for mono for its good starching capability. But it depends on the water quality, the structure of the bottom of the water body, and the fish to be caught. Both have some pros and cons for fishing. So, Mono or braid for catfish: which will win? For me, the monofilament line has better advantages than the braided line for catching catfishes. Let’s find out why mono is good.

For a better understanding, let’s go through the pros and the cons of both fishing lines.

Monofilament Fishing Line for Catfishes

Catching catfish’s mono is chosen by anglers as I say before for its good stretch property. Compared with the braid, it has a low price. Generally, mono is used for its abrasion-resistant for catching catfishes. For this characteristic, it can glide over rocks and underwater obstacles, which makes it easy to through a long distance. On the other way as catfishes love to live in the hidden area of the water body such as in vegetation or holes or under the fallen trees etc. This abrasion-resistant property gives great advantages for baiting catfish in hole or other structures.

Mono Fishing Line

For good strength of mono, it can be used for catching a good size of catfishes. The color of the mono is different from daytime to nighttime. It glows at night when light is falling on it. For night fishing, it gives extra benefits.

That all has the good term about mono, but there have some disadvantages to using mono. For stretch property, the line becomes thinner and loses its strength. Sometimes it’s tearing apart for this reason.  It has a little memory, can use for a few times.

The sensitivity is not good for mono to catch fish. Sometimes you may not feel the knock of bait hitting. For this reason, some anglers are not suggesting using mono for catching catfishes. This can also easily break, and rolling is easy too.

In a short the pros and the cons of mono are given below compared with braid:


  • Good abrasion-resistant
  • Low price
  • Good stretch property


  • Have little memory
  • Sensitivity is not good

Braided Fishing Line for Catfishes

Braid is another fishing line that is popular among anglers to catch catfishes. Some anglers suggest braid to catch catfishes for their good strength and sensitivity.

Braid Fishing Line

Braid doesn’t stretch, for this, there is an improvement for the long-distance trough. This is good, but sometimes your rod may break for lacking this stretch. It’s so slippery and small in diameter to make it difficult to tie the knot.

Small diameter gives extra advantages to fly long distance super smooth casting and pack more line onto the reel. When you pull fish, the braid is won among the braid and mono race. This criterion of this line also helps to deep fishing.

Sensitivity makes it more useful among catfishing anglers. You can feel the full knock of bait hitting because it’s no stretch. The braid is more expensive than mono.

Braid is good for a heavy weedy area like lily pads, hydrilla, water hyacinths, and cattails for fishing. It’s cut through this water vegetation. Braids also float on the water, which is good for topwater bait.

Braids are visible in water and using for several times the color is taken off. It does not have any memory too.

For me above all this criterion of braid give benefit for saltwater fishing not for freshwater catfishes (find a major difference in “Freshwater Fishing vs Saltwater Fishing“). Yes, for its good strength and sensibility, you can get the benefits to catch a larger size of catfishes.

In a short the pros and cons of braid are given below compared with mono:


  • Good strength
  • Sensitive
  • No memory
  • Smooth casting
  • Long-distance fishing


  • Expensive
  • Low abrasion-resistant
  • Does not have stretch

Mono or Braid for Catfish: Criterion of Fishing Line

Catfishes are very powerful in strength, different types, and different sizes. They have great visual contact and different eating habits. So, before buying a line to catch catfishes you must combine the character and property of both catfish and the line. So, let’s move on to know the basic difference between braid and mono fishing lines.

Stretch: Mono

The stretch capability of a fishing line gives you an extra benefit to pull out the catfishes from the water.

Strength: Braids

For a larger size catfish, you must need good strength and good quality fishing line. Compared with mono, braids give you great strength.

Tough water body structure: Mono

Catfishes like to make their habitation in the hidden areas like in holes, under the rocks, under the fallen trees or leaves, etc. Mono gives you a great advantage over braids to reach the bait to the catfishes in this hard water body structure.

Heavy weedy waterbody: Braids

For hunting small fishes, catfishes hide in water vegetation areas of low deep water. Having a thin diameter and smooth casting braids can give you extra benefits to bait in weeds and pull out.

Sensitivity: Braids

Braids have a greater sensibility to the knock in the bait than mono.

Abrasion-resistant: Mono

Both are good in abrasion-resistant, but mono gives you a better abrasion-resistant than braids. This criterion of the fishing line gives you to pull out fish from the tough water body.

Color: Mono

Catfishes have good visual contact; they can easily see all around them in muddy water. Generally, mono is transparent and braids have a different color. So, mono gives you extra benefits in this situation.

Diameter: Mono

In diameter, mono is less thin than braids, which give you better gripes to hold the line.


For me, mono gives a better advantage than braids to catch catfishes. It may give you different results for you.  So, analyze the environment of the water body and the size of the catfishes you may catch. Then choose the fishing line whatever mono or braids for catfishes which may give you a better result.

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Alex Hoang

This is Alex Hoang, who lives in Florida and has been obsessed with fishing since he was 8 years old. Since then he gathers much experience in different types of fishing in various water and recently runs a fishing gear shop. Today he has a dream to spread fishing in a fun, educational, and respectful format.