I was recently chatting to my coworker, Werner Wessels, after one of his fishing trips, and again realised after hearing his story just how important it is to ensure you’re fishing with the best line your pocket can manage. Here’s his version of the events in his own words.
“Like most serious anglers, I have been fishing since I can remember and should know how important line is. Occasionally you decide to go for the slightly cheaper option even though the voice in the back of your mind warns you not to. This happened again a couple of days ago to yours truly. After spooling my spinning reel with a cheaper 14lb line we set off to Injaka dam. After launching the boat in the early rays of the sun just rising on the horizon, I decided to start my attack with a double Colorado bladed, white spinnerbait. I made the effort to double check my knot and started casting to the abundant timber structure in the dam. We were fishing deep water just off the bridge with some old trees around us. On my fourth cast I let the spinnerbait sink down to the bottom and left it for about 5 seconds before retrieving slowly. Suddenly I felt that familiar resistance on the retrieve and I set the hook. The monster fish swam straight to the boat. About 5 meters from the boat she surfaced and turned before diving deep. I applied the necessary pressure to turn her. She jumped out of the water and while shaking her massive head the line just snapped. With disbelief I had to watch her swim away with the spinnerbait and about 2 meters of mono in her mouth. I was so disgusted in myself that I sat arguing with myself for at least twenty minutes for not purchasing a better line. Know better and layout the few extra Rands. It is not only so you don’t lose that monster fish, but also not to ruin your whole day and weeks after.”
Above: Don’t drop fish because of inferior line. Photo courtesy of wired2fish.com
A depressing tale that I’m sure most bass anglers can relate to. Despair not! There is help on the horizon. Below I’m going to detail a couple of tried, tested and trusted line options that are within most anglers financial means.
Just based on pure sales figures, most bass anglers are still opting for monofilament lines over the more expensive fluorocarbons. If you take a look at the more serious bass anglers out there, you’ll find that most of them hardly use mono line anymore. The reason is simple, fluorocarbons are just as manageable as mono lines, and the better brands don’t have the same “memory” issues as the cheaper options. I’m also going to advise opting for either full mono or fluoro instead of copolymers or fluoro coated lines for your various fishing applications.
What brand of fluorocarbon lines are best you ask? Having been in the fishing industry for many years, and having fished actively for bass for near on 15 years, there’s one brand that I really trust. If I may borrow the words of passionate bass angler Kevin Scarselli for a moment, “That brand is Seaguar. Seaguar makes AbrazX and InvisX (also Tatsu), their top performing fluorocarbons. All are very good. I use both a lot and don’t really favor one over the other too much. If you want the cat’s meow, Seaguar makes the best in my opinion.”
These are a few of the lines the guys at the shop (including me) fish:
Seaguar AbrazX: “Rocks, weeds, docks. Hit the heavy cover with confidence. Now your whole spool can handle the toughest conditions with a main line fluorocarbon designed with unparalleled abrasion resistance. AbrazX — Fish won’t see it, stuff can’t break it.” – seaguar.com
Above: Seaguar AbrazX. Photo courtesy of seaguar.com
Seaguar InvizX: Soft, supple and castable. Superior sensitivity. Fill your spool with a main line specially designed to dominate fresh water. It’s virtually invisible, with advanced hook-setting power, smooth casting and great knot strength.” – seaguar.com
Above: Seaguar InvizX. Photo courtesy of seaguar.com
Seaguar Tatsu: “Tatsu – Japanese for dragon – delivers an amazingly strong, yet supple, fluorocarbon line unlike any other through a superior, state-of-the-art double-structure process. It fuses two custom, 100% fluorocarbon resins, creating the world’s only double-structure main line. Fill your spool with Tatsu and fishfierce”- seaguar.com
Above: Seaguar Tatsu. Photo courtesy of seaguar.com
If you are gonna fish monofilament lines, say for spinnerbaits, hard-bodied topwaters, buzzbaits and chatterbaits, still stick with Seaguar, and purchase a spool of their Senshi mono.
Seaguar Senshi: “Senshi – Japanese for Warrior – is a premium monofilament that provides the ideal balance of strength and sensitivity so you can tackle heavy cover with confidence. This soft, sensitive, thin-diameter line with virtually no stretch easily detects structure, lure action and strikes for improved catch ratios.” – seaguar.com
Above: Seaguar Senshi. Photo courtesy of seaguar.com
Seaguar Smackdown Tournament Braid: “This next generation Seaguar braid is so thin that 20 lb test has the diameter of 6 lb monofilament! Smackdown Braid is made with 8 ultra-thin, micro-weave strands in a round, smooth-casting profile with extra sensitivity. It provides exceptional knot and tensile strength with unparalleled abrasion resistance.” – seaguar.com
Above: Seaguar Smackdown Braid. Photo courtesy of seaguar.com
Try some of these lines, and if you’re not happy with the results, I’ll be really bowled over.
See you on the water. Tight lines