|Posted by Scott Jones on June 22, 2016 at 2:00 AM|
The UAPB Fishing Team is like every other collegiate club, we're always hunting for sponsors to help our students save some money while promoting businesses who support youth fishing. However, we also warn our sponsors that we do not praise products that under-perform just because they're from a sponsor, just like we don't unfairly bash products from competing brands. That policy results in product reviews that are honest and backed by at least several weeks of on-the-water testing in casual and competitive scenarios.
This REAL REVIEW focuses on HI-SEAS 100% Fluorocarbon. For the past several months, members of the team have been testing every weight of line from 8 to 20 lb test. The consensus is that although HI-SEAS 100% Fluorocarbon is a thicker diameter per lb test than other popular brands of fluorocarbon, it is also one of the strongest and most sensitive fluorocarbons our members have ever used.
When it was introduced, fluorocarbon was advertised as having virtually no stretch. We know now that is not entirely true and some of the most popular fluorocarbons, Seaguar InvizX for example, have a noticeable amount of stretch. HI-SEAS 100% Fluorocarbon appears to be a higher density than other brands, it certainly stretches less than any form of Seaguar, is more sensitive than most fluorocarbons, and very-well may be the most abrasion resistant fluorocarbon available. Also, despite being thicker than most brands, HI-SEAS 100% Fluorocarbon still casts surprisingly well and has no more memory than other popular brands in their heavier lines.
In the latest Arkansas Bass Team Trail tournament on Lake Dardanelle, alumni using HI-SEAS 100% Fluorocarbon in 20 lb test were swimming jigs through shallow lily pads and bagged 17.37 lbs including a 5.9 lb kicker that wrapped itself around a small limb that was then dragged through lily pad stems for 10 feet before it was netted. Despite the fish thrashing back and forth on the limb during the fight, the line was not damaged at all. A team member also landed a 4 to 5 lb bowfin (lots of teeth and an angry disposition) after pulling it over a limb and through a bush while using 12 lb test several months ago. While not that impressive for a 15 to 20 lb line, that is a lot to ask of 12 lb test.
The drawback to HI-SEAS 100% Fluorocarbon is that it is noticeably larger in diameter per lb test than any other popular fluorocarbon. This is likely to make deep crankbaits run a few inches shallower than they would with other brands' thinner diameter lines. Also, the very low stretch of this line and high sensitivity may not be ideal for cranking applications. Hook-up and landing rates tend to improve on crankbaits with less sensitive rods with less sensitive stretchy lines. The smaller crankbait hooks are easily pulled out when anglers feel the initial strike and set the hook too quickly or too violently, and when fish make hard runs close to the boat. For this reason, it might be best to look elsewhere for cranking lines.
In summary, HI-SEAS 100% Fluorocarbon is extremely strong, extremely sensitive and casts well despite its larger diameter. It excels as a flipping and pitching line and can be trusted in heavy cover to resist abrasion even in lighter lb tests. The price per pack is comparable to lines from Seaguar, Sunline, and other top brands and in some cases cheaper if you shop around.
You can find HI-SEAS 100% Fluorocarbon on TackleWarehouse
Our review not enough? Check out Wired2fish's review of HI-SEAS 100% Fluorocarbon