PowerPro Super8Slick V2
Reengineered for a maximum angling toughness, Super8Slick V2 combines a new eight-end, dense-weave construction with the proven Enhanced Body Technology coating process. S8SV2 delivers all of the smooth and silent benefits of original Super8Slick, plus added abrasion toughness to rip through the heaviest of cover with the same force as traditional four-end braids. S8SV2 is available in blue, moss green and hi-vis aqua green, as well as onyx for those anglers pursuing monster bass and other predators. Available in 10- to 80-pound-test (0.15 to 0.43 mm); $19.99 to $48.99 per 125-yard spool.
Berkley Trilene 100% Fluorocarbon
Trilene 100% Fluorocarbon is the “XT” (a line known by squadrons of anglers for decades) of professional-grade fluorocarbon fishing lines. Its formula provides incredible knot strength, abrasion resistance and shock strength. It sinks fast, with greater line density for high sensitivity and less “bow”—all of which help add up to a better feel for the bite, easier hook-sets, and more fish landed. Trilene 100% Fluorocarbon is low-memory and nearly invisible. It comes in 4- to 25-pound-test; prices range between $11.99 and $27.99.
Daiwa J Fluoro Samurai
Also available as leader, Daiwa J Fluoro Samurai is a made-in-Japan fluorocarbon main line intended for anglers seeking to mask presentations to wary gamefish. It is of very fine diameter for any given pound-test, and its stretch and stiffness levels vary across the range of ratings. All pound-tests of Daiwa J Fluoro Samurai fishing line are wound on ergonomic spools with convenient filler-enabled spool protectors with a D-VEC halfway sticker located at 110 yards to inform the user of available line. Available in 2- to 25-pound-test (0.138 mm to 0.426 mm), and prices range from $23.99 to $44.99 for 220-yard spools (1,000-yard spools are available).
AFTCO Saiko Pro Leader
Several anglers who we know and trust swear by 12- and 15-pound AFTCO Saiko Pro fluorocarbon leader for bass fishing.
Saiko Pro is a leader material that is 100 percent custom fluorocarbon and made in Japan. AFTCO Saiko Pro offers anglers superior strength and abrasion resistance. In fact, the maker claims that it is stronger after becoming abraded than its leading competitors—up to 20 percent more, actually.
Naturally, Saiko Pro offers the low visibility for which fluorocarbon is renowned.
Additionally, the AFTCO SecureSpool keeps leaders neat and organized. Saiko Pro is available in clear and pink. While sizes up to 300 pounds are available, freshwater anglers will seek lighter line-test ratings. Check out the range of sizes between 12 and 80 pounds (0.281 mm and 0.810 mm); $13 to $38 for a 25-yard spool.
Casting, twitching and jerking large lures can really put fluorocarbon line to the test. Shimano’s new Mastiff fluoro stays tough to keep you fishing using what the company calls Nanoarmor.
Nanoarmor is engineered with nano-size ridges across the outer surface of the line. These ridges enhance knot strength and toughness, preventing slippage while also reducing the chances of line breakage. These factors are essential for reliability and confidence, especially when working big lures.
Produced in Japan with strict quality control, Shimano Mastiff FC is 100 percent fluorocarbon line that offers anglers consistency and reliability with strength, durability, and smoothness to enhance performance. It is available from 4-pound/0.17 mm to 20-pound/0.37 mm in 200-yard spools; $22.99 to $30.99.
Sufix Sunrise Braid
Small-diameter braid makes for long casts, excellent strike detection and positive hook-sets. But it can be hard to see sometimes. Sufix shines with a new color for its 832 Advanced Superline: sunrise braid. Now add seeing strikes better to the list of attributes.
This new color joins an array of other colors that allow anglers to customize their presentations for both -freshwater and saltwater species. The 832 also is available in camo, coastal camo, ghost, high-vis yellow, low-vis green and lime green.
Sufix sunrise braid is available in all spool sizes: 150 yards, 300 yards, 600 yards, 1,200 yards and 3,500 yards in 6- to 80-pound-test; $19.99 for a 150-yard spool; rapala.com/us_en/sufix.