SNOODED TROTLINES - What's the difference?


#5 Main Lines


It's inexpensive. It's the line of choice for the beginning or occasional recreational crabber, it's made from nylon and will not rot and will last for years.


If you are not careful when you are baiting, or bringing in back in from the water, the loops in the lines will turn into knots.

#8 Solid Braid

Cheaper than the 3 strand, and stays soft, easy on the hands when you pull line in, less likely to knot up than #5. If a loop develops usually all you have to do is shake it out.

None. It's a good, all around line.

3 Strand Nylon

The "Cadillac" of all lines and also the most expensive, but you get what you pay for. It's been reported with proper care that this line will last 20 years and if you get a loop in your line when you're letting it out, just shake it out. It very rarely gets knotted up. This is also the line preferred by commercial crabbers who use "line winders" because it has great wear resistance.

Some might say it's the price, but you get what you pay for. With proper care this line can last 20 years.

Snoods, 1/8"

Thinner snoods are more "flexible" and absorb more vibrations resulting in less crabs dropping off your line with more crabs coming to the surface... The bottom line is at the end of the day you will catch more crabs.

4' used mostly with auto dippers, or young and fast dippers.

Snoods, 3/16"

Won't break as easy as 1/8" dia snoods if you get your snood line hung up. That's why most commercial crabbers prefer the 3/16" snoods over the 1/8" snoods. They are more durable than 1/8" dia snoods, and work better with line winders.

3/16" dia being thicker, have a little less elasticity than the 1/8" dia snoods, but alot of recreational crabbers also prefer using them.


6' standard spacing for hand dipping.

4' used mostly with auto dippers, or young and fast dippers.

Is Quality line worth the extra money? You decide!

Ever wonder why some lines have to be “seasoned" to sink, while other lines sink without seasoning? The lighter (cheaper) line starts out with a fiber core and then has a acket spun around the fiber to make the finished line. In order for the fiber core lines to sink, the fiber core must absorb water to become heavier in order to sink, thus so named “seasoning.”

In addition to the sinking factor, the life of the line is much less (2-3 years on average) because the outer shell wears thru to the fiber core and the line breaks continually resulting in you having to replace your line every 2-3 years.

Captain Bruce’s lines do not have fiber fillers. All lines are made in the manufacturing process by using ALL polyester, or ALL nylon, resulting in a heaver “SINKING LINE” because they don’t have a soft filler core. If your line is not sinking to the bottom (on its own), you are not going to catch as many crabs.

In addition to the self-sinking line, Captain Bruce’s line will last up to 3 times longer (9-10 years) on average. Some customers have reported that they have been using this type of quality line for 20 years or more and its still being used today. When Captain Bruce inquired as to what is the secret to keeping a line that long they all say just take care of it. Taking care of it means use it as often as you want, but when you are not using it, keep in out of the sun, and dry it out and store it dry in the off season.

So what’s the difference between Imported and Made in USA line?


This line is made overseas. The main difference between imported crab line and USA made line is that the imported line is a little poorer in quality, and a little stiffer than the USA made line which makes it a little more difficult when you use a winder or to store it in your basket.

Made in the USA

Captain Bruce's crab line is made in the USA. It's medium lay, its better quality, and coils up easily to store in your bucket or basket.

This is one time that you really get what you pay for!