A Beginner's Guide: Fishing Line
Monofilament: Monofilament is more forgiving than any other fishing line. You can tie almost any knot with monofilament without having to worry about it slipping or snapping. It offers more stretch than any other line which can act as a shock absorber to bigger fish. It is recommended that you use a 6-12 lb. test line to catch bass.
Braided or fused lines: Braided or fused lines are the ultimate in sensitivity because they have no stretch, which means you feel every tension on your fishing line. Braided or fused lines are typically thinner, allowing greater line capacity on the spool. Standard fishing knots tend to slip with braid and fused line, so it is recommended you tie a Palomar knot. It is recommended to spool up 15-50 lb test line for bass depending on the conditions you are fishing.
Fluorocarbon: Fluorocarbon is a popular choice with fishers since it has the same refractive index to water, making it invisible in the water to fish. It sinks and has more abrasion resistance than many nylon monofilaments, which is why many anglers connect fluorocarbon to their braided line and use it as leader material. It is recommended to use 8-20 lb test line for bass.