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Discussion in 'Fishing Line Review' started by germanmudfish, Jul 13, 2008.
who uses this for catfishing? Advantages/Disadvantages or have not/will not try it.:roll_eyes:
Fluorocarbon is great for leaders. A little to expensive to spool up with , has great abrasion resistance, less stretch than mono, and of course is almost invisible when in the water, and ties nicely too. P-line fluoro-clear is a great product and a little less expensive than regular fluorocarbon.
i've used it for a bunch of different types of fishing...here is what i've found....
pros: - generally good abrasion resistance
- truly clear, good in clear water conditions
- isn't affected by UV light, lasts longer on the reel
- it sinks, makes it good for crank bait and plastics (rubber worm) fishing
- generally has less stretch then mono, better hook sets and sensitivity.
- doesn't absorb as much water as mono, doesn't weaken or stretch as much when wet.
- usually casts better, it's much smoother than mono
cons: - knots are more difficult to tie, very easy for heat to build up when snugging up the knot, and because it's so smooth, appropriate knots must be used and tied correctly
- it sinks, therefore not very good for some situations (topwater, bobber fishing...)
- there are a lot of different types and brands out there, some are good, some not so good. do your research and read the reviews. tackletour.com has good reviews
- tends to be relatively expensive
just like everything else in fishing, the category is expanding. no longer do you have just one fiberglass rod for everything, you can get a rod for each specific application. the same is true for line these days. no longer is one line good for all situations. each line has its own niche, and applications where it excels and fails.
imho, flouro isn't needed to often in catfishing. usually you're fishing stained or muddy water and catfish seem to not be too line shy. a quality abrasion resistant mono line will fit the bill 98% of the time, and for a lot less money. with that being said, i do have a spool of flouro leader material in the 50lb class for a clear water / heavily pressured fishing situation if i run across it.
The only disadvantage I can think of is the price. If I could afford it I would use it for sure.
I've used P-line for several years bass fishing and prefer it over anything else i've tryed. Little costly but it's good line.
Off the catfish subject but still fishing: I catch several times as many snook in Florida if I use 24" flurocarbon leaders. Makes a BIG difference in clear water.
Cost is the only down side but for leaders not an issue.
I had been reading reviews of some of the flurocarbons but not the price sheets. Further study is warranted.
Fluorocarbon works great when your fishing clear lakes, I use it a lot for ice fishing
I use stainless coated leaders all the time in our big muddy lakes down here... Would fluro be a better choice?
From what I understand about these creatures, they are all nose and taste buds and could care less about the looks of things. I have been getting a lot of ideas from Saltwater fishing mags, that I hope to put to the test real soon. Wire leaders was one of them, brideling bait is another or maybe some sort of carp rig. The idea here being to keep maximum hook exposure for the kitties to nibble on.