It’s easy to tell when you get ahold of low quality fluorocarbon line—you may as well fish with a slinky. It constantly bounces off the spool, you can’t cast without at least a minor backlash and it feels like braided horse hair. It is one of the most frustrating occurrences in bass fishing and can seriously damage angler confidence. Whenever you run across premium fluoro, however, it’s a real game changer. It effortlessly glides across your thumb, holds up to the abuse of a big bass on the other end and allows you to fish more and pick out backlashes less.
The Wired2Fish crew has been using Sunline Super FC Sniper Fluorocarbon for quite some time, and it has been some of the best all-purpose line we have had the opportunity to use. Whether we’re using 8-pound test to coax finicky smallmouth or flipping jigs with 16- or 20-pound test, we have found it to be highly castable, durable and manageable under various conditions.
When you first tie the line to your spool, you will notice how manageable it is. It doesn’t kink or twist into awkward positions as you manipulate it around the spool and through the level wind assembly. Due to its triple resin coating, Sunline Super FC Sniper Fluorocarbon has a much limper feel to it than many other fluorocarbons. This quality proves to be quite useful when re-lining reels, tying complicated knots and making long casts in windy conditions.
Using fluorocarbon line can also get pretty expensive over time, which drives many anglers away from it. As many fluorocarbon lines sit on a reel for extended periods of time, they begin to mold to the shape of the spool, causing major line management issues. This hasn’t been a problem with Sunline Super FC Sniper Fluorocarbon, as we have left it on our reels for months with only minimal memory formation.
With other fluorocarbons you will often notice kinks in your line at the rod tip after having your bait hooked to your reel throughout the day. This can seriously compromise line strength over time, but Super FC Sniper Fluorocarbon does nothing of the sort—it simply snaps back into place with no creasing or kinking whatsoever. If you’re on a budget and looking for better fluorocarbon, this can prove to be worth its weight in gold.
Though the low-stretch benefits of fluorocarbon line are undeniable, low-end fluoro can cause major headaches when casting. No matter how hard you thumb the spool, it will twist and tangle almost every time. Sunline has taken notice of this problem and has designed their Super FC Sniper Fluorocarbon to be some of the most castable fluoro on the market. In both windy and calm conditions it launches your bait without any worry of a catastrophic backlash. The lighter tests, such as 8-pound test, have also proved to be extremely manageable on spinning gear as well. In the past, the thought of fluoro on a spinning reel gave me the willies, but you’ll swear you’re fishing with monofilament after your first cast with Sunline Super FC Sniper Fluorocarbon.
Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, this line has unbelievable abrasion resistance. I’ve been using 16-pound test to flip a 3/8-ounce jig lately, and it has been more than impressive. Even in the thickest blowdowns and most jagged chunk rocks on the lake, Sunline Super FC Sniper Fluorocarbon has been up to the task. For a more subtle presentation in shallow grass, we’ve also been using the 16-pound test to flip creature baits. While some may cringe at the absence of braided line around thick grass, we had to try it in order to test the strength of the line. To our surprise, we have not had the first break-off with Sunline Super FC Sniper Fluorocarbon.
Fluorocarbon line is a must-have for serious bass anglers, and you’ll quickly learn that not all fluorocarbon lines are created equally. For both finesse and power fishing tactics, we suggest getting your hands on a few spools of Sunline Super FC Sniper Fluorocarbon. Starting at $20.99, the price is well worth the benefits of a hassle-free, superior fluoro.
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