Although many anglers tend to think all braided line is the same, that’s definitely not the case in my opinion. Without much work, you’ll find braid that crimps, frays, digs and loses color—all of which are very undesirable traits.
For my finesse fishing needs, I’ve been using Sufix 832 Braid lately with outstanding success. The bass here in Georgia have the January funk right now, causing me to break out the spinning gear, downsize my baits and grind it out. I’ve had nothing but positive experiences with this braid and it has been responsible for hundreds of my fish catches this winter.
Before using this braid, I had been having problems with the longevity of my finesse braid. After just a few fishing trips, it would get really thin—almost like dental floss—and become extremely frail. Each time I tried to tie a line-to-line knot, the braid would snap whenever I cinched the knot. I was keeping my knots wet, but it didn’t help at all.
Since switching to 20-pound Sufix 832, I haven’t had a single issue with longevity. It doesn’t thin-out over time which allows it to hold knots excellently. Its color does fade a bit after a few weeks of use, but that doesn’t concern me at all. I’m using a 6-foot fluorocarbon leader, so it doesn’t matter if the line is pink—the fish aren’t going to see it.
You can get away with stiff braided line for heavy duty applications such as froggin’ or flipping, but it can be a nightmare when finesse fishing. Just like a bad fluorocarbon, stiff braid will jump off of your spinning reel, dig into itself and kink around your line guides constantly.
Sufix 832 is very soft and supple and it handles beautifully whether you’ve used it for a few weeks or even a few months. When you hook into a good fish and put the line under increased pressure, it doesn’t dig into the spool and create any weak spots—on each cast, the line comes off the spool effortlessly.
Some other braids can also kink a lot when you store it for a few days. If you clip your bait onto your rod, there will be a hard kink wherever the braid comes out of the rod tip. This not only creates castability issues over time, but it weakens the line and makes it more prone to breaking.
Fortunately, the limpness of Sufix 832 doesn’t allow it to kink or crimp while not in use. You don’t have to fool with searching for bad spots and removing feet of line. Just unclip your bait and start casting.
I don’t know why this is the case, but this line is much more sensitive than many braided lines. Maybe it’s the type of fibers it’s made from or something, but either way, I’ve been absolutely blown away by how much I’m able to feel with it.
Just this past weekend I was fishing a tournament in extremely heavy rain and 25 mile per hour winds—definitely not ideal conditions. I was throwing a shaky head on deep river ledges and it was so bad that my rod was being blown sideways with the wind. I hit a stretch of ledge and start pounding on ‘em one cast after another. I have no idea how I felt all the bites, but even in the awful conditions, I could feel even the softest bites. My co-angler was absolutely amazed that I was catching these fish, but I honestly don’t think I was doing anything special—this braid just allowed me to feel everything down there. Talk about impressive.
If you’re a finesse angler, I would totally suggest checking out Sufix 832 Braided Line. Again, I’ve been using a 20-pound 832 main line on all my finesse setups with excellent results. It starts at $19.99, but I believe it’s worth every penny. Believe me, I stocked up on it after this past weekend.