Sunline Fishing Line: Shooter vs. Sniper

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Pro-staff Contributor: Rich Lindgren

Many anglers have approached me saying, “I know Sunline Fluorocarbon is great, but how do I know when I should use Shooter or Sniper line? What is best for me?” These are great questions—when you are buying a premium fluorocarbon, you want to make sure you are spending your dollar wisely.

Sunline Sniper, in general, is softer and more manageable than Shooter. It casts very easily and performs amazingly on spinning gear. It is easy to fish with while maintaining good strength and abrasion resistance—it’s a great all-around line. Plus, Sniper is the best choice in extreme temperatures: both cold (under 45F) and hot (over 100F). In summary, it’s the best for finesse fishing, small jerkbaits and crankbaits.

The alternative, Sunline Shooter, is more abrasion resistant and even stronger than Sniper. It has extremely low stretch, allowing it to be as close to a fishing braid without actually being one. The line is very hard; transmitting superior sensitivity and sinking slightly faster than the Sniper. Palomar knots tend to fail due to this hard line, so make sure you use a slip style knot like a uni-knot or San Diego Jam knot. This line is great for fishing jigs, Texas rigs and general power fishing.

Rich Lindgren is a tournament bass angler living in Lakeville, MN chasing bass all over Minnesota and its adjoining states. Bass blogger, podcaster and fishing promoter. You’ll see him fishing the Minnesota bass tournament scene representing and Dobyns Rods among others. You can follow him on Twitter (@HellaBass) and like him on Facebook (


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