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The Tackle Box
by
Ralph B. Spoerl

 

This is a different sort of article for the Tackle Box.  Normally, I don’t “push” a particular product or even review products from the fishing world.  I leave that to the real “pros.”  However, in this case, I’m making an exception.  This is good information all of us fishermen should have.

A friend asked me to take a look at some line he was using.  He handed me a box of twelve-pound Sufix Elite Gold Monofilament (I think he gave me the gold knowing my eyes aren’t what they used to be).  I did some checking and found out that Sufix has incorporated a new G2 winding process into its Elite line series.  They claim this will increase casting distance.  I thought, “Okay, let’s give it a try.” So, I loaded about 50 yards on my Quantum Energy PT (Burner) reel and attached that to a Quantum Tour Edition PT bait cast rod (seven-foot, medium-power, fast-action).  My test bait was a Brovarney ¼-oz. swim-jig.  I also made up the same rod-and-reel with some of the line I usually use.  I’ve used that line about ten years now, but I’ve heard they’re going to a new manufacturer, so I’m keeping an open mind.

My test field is my front yard, which gives me 300 yards to cast out.  I placed a marker spot about 120 feet away from myself (that’s about my normal casting distance).  Okay, my reels set, spot marked… all systems are go!  First, I cast with my regular line.  That (as usual) hits out at about 85 feet.  My second through tenth casts show me an average of between 95 and 105 feet, after some line stretch.  I then tried the Sufix Elite.  The first cast sailed out to about 100 feet.  The second cast motored out to about 130 feet.  I shot out another, grabbed my tape rule, put the rod-and-reel down, didn’t touch anything, and walked to where the line and swim-jig lay and measured just what was happening.  One hundred and thirty-six feet!  That means my casting distance increased about 36 feet!  I completed my ten casts, finding each one to be as consistent as the first.  Wow!  I was impressed!

I went into the house and called my friend to let him know what was going on.  He laughed and said, “That’s why I gave it to you.  I knew that with your quality control background, you’d check it out to the next level.”  He hadn’t done what I had—he had just started throwing it out into the water.  He could see it was really sailing out there.

We met the next Saturday and put the line to the real fishing test.  I’m not sure if we caught more fish, but reaching way out there sure was a lot of fun!  We were able to stay further away from our targets and, knowing what’s said about that, we should get more fish.

Here’s another thing… I tried this line on my finesse rigs.  It didn’t seem too bad, but I did have to turn it a few times.  I’ll have to do more checking on that.

Needless to say, that secret compartment in the Tackle Box marked, “Special Use,” now contains Sufix Elite Monofilament.