A Quality FC Line from Hi-Seas : 100% Fluorocarbon
This line handles very well and a little more like a mainstream fluorocarbon than a high end one. Most high end (expensive) fluorocarbons are really stiff and a little tricky to handle. This is why Shimano's recent generation DC reels have a settings to distinguish between nylon, fluorocarbon, and braided lines - fluorocarbons are notoriously the most difficult to manage.
No line is immune to this on spinning gear. This was just a minor
setback that was easily resolved
Hi-Seas's 100% Fluorocarbon is among the better handling fluorocarbons out there and behaves well on both spinning and casting. I found the line's knot strength to be good as well as its resistance to abrasion. Our lab figures back this up as the line scored just above average in its abrasion tests but had mixed results with knot strength.
Rewarded while dragging this bait combo on the bottom
If comparing the rated line strength against knot strength, Hi-Seas 100% Fluorocarbon held up to 80% on average (meaning knots with the 12lb test broke at an average of 9.6lbs). However, the average breaking strength of the 12lb rated line in general was actually 15lbs. When held against that standard, knot strength performance dropped to 63%. In the end, it all depends on which number (rated vs actual breaking strength) is more important to you.
I liked that kind of light, chartreuse coloring of the line
Features: Hi-Seas's 100% Fluorocarbon Line appears to be untreated for color which means it still has pigmentation from the original resin from which it is derived. With Japanese fluorocarbons, this is usually a kind of amber color. This line is made in Portugal and has a kind of light chartreuse coloring to it. The company offers the line most commonly in 200 yard spools but there are also bulk, 1000 yard spools available.
Our 12 pound test line measured at 15 pounds breaking strength, so I suggest
adjusting your expectations accordingly
Design & Ergonomics: Like all fluorocarbon lines, this one does exhibit some latent memory issues if left on the spool for prolonged periods of time unused. These loops are easily straightened out after a few casts though and never came into play to affect my fishing. That natural, light chartreuse coloring holds up over several trips and the line does not cloud - an issue with earlier fluorocarbon lines, but I rarely see this anymore.
I eventually gravitated towards the 10 pound test on my casting gear because
it fished more like 12
As mentioned earlier, our 12 pound test line measured at 15 pounds breaking strength, so I suggest adjusting your expectations accordingly. This probably explains why I eventually gravitated towards the 10 pound test on my casting gear because it fished more like 12, the weight I typically use on my casting gear.
12lb topshotted on 50 Daiwa JBraid in chartreuse
Applications: I would not hesitate to recommend or use this line in all the applications you rely upon fluorocarbon to fish. From vertical to horizontal bait presentations, this line can support them all although it'd be nice if they offered down to 4lb test line for finesse applications.
Hi-Seas 100% Fluorocarbon Fishing Line
|| Really good consistency off the spool
Nice handling line, good resistance to abrasion, knot strength could be a little better
||$0.11/yd. for 12lb test on the 200 yd. spool make it a very affordable choice in quality fluorocarbon line (avg is $0.17/yd.)
Real bulk spools are available, no color treatment to weaken the line
Very good handling and longevity
|| Suitable for most any technique save for topwater
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poor : 3
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fair : 7
= good :
: 10 =
Pluses and Minuses:
| + Natural Resin Color
|| - Rated strength is lower than actual breaking strength
|+ Handles well for a fluorocarbon line
||- Not precision wound
|+ Very good resistance to abrasion
Pitched up into heavy cover with that topshot using a Texas
rigged plastic and was handsomely rewarded!
Thanks go out to Jeff Kriet for turning me onto Hi-Seas's 100% Fluorocarbon. Fishing line is a highly personal tackle choice and with so many options on the market today, it's difficult to decide upon which line to try next. Of course, once I find a line I like, it's difficult to get me off of it to try something new because I'm rarely testing one product at a time and I need my fishing line to be dependable. Hi-Seas's 100% Fluorocarbon is dependable and priced at a point that makes it easy to rely upon for a variety of applications.
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