Some stuff just works.......

I have always liked coloured lines, and I was using the new bright green version of the Daiwa Tournament 8 strand braid over in Ireland the other day. It was Varivas that first really turned me on to the advantages of using 8 strand braids, and a bunch of my spools still have the awesome 20lb Varivas Avani Sea Bass Max Power PE on them - check out a review I did of this line in the new issue of Sea Angler in fact. That stuff is awesome for lure fishing. But the Daiwa stuff is doing really well for me, and the new bright green version is just sublime in fact..........

The slight problem with lines is that every single angler is going to use them and fish with them in a slightly different way - and as such, you are always going to hear different bits of info wafting through the grapevine. Personally I don't believe that there are many bad lines out there these days, but you can gain certain benefits by looking for stuff like these 8 strand braids. Are they vital ? No. It's personal choice. And a part of the reason that I am really liking this Daiwa Tournament 8 strand is that it offers a truly high-end mainline at what I reckon is pretty sensible money. I can't see how any lure angler would want to go back to a more regular 4 strand braid after using the more modern stuff, so it does help that there are more of these lines out there now, and at all kinds of prices.

Read my review of the Varivas line in Sea Angler and you will understand what I am on about (page 67, Sea Angler issue 458, out now) - I have heard all the arguments for and against mainlines as thin and as limp as an 8 strand braid. It's true what I wrote in there - I actively avoided using my first ever spool of the Varivas 8 strand because I was convinced that a line that thin surely had no place in the rough and tumble of lure fishing for bass. How wrong could I be ?

I don't know anything about the ins and outs of this Daiwa 8 strand, but all I can tell you is that it's been working really well for me. A little part of me keeps tapping at my left ear and saying things like "Henry, you still might need the extra strength of a 30lb braid for lure fishing around the rough stuff, especially the way you fish". I used to be worried that the Varivas for example only went up to a 20lb breaking strain. But not these days.......

I fish with the 20lb lines as hard as I would fish with the heavier lines. I don't hold back, and I don't cut them a bit of extra slack just because they are of a lower breaking strain. But I just can't get into any grief these days when I am using the 20lb strains for the bulk of my lure fishing. I give them hell, and they just keep on doing great for me. OK, so you can of course drop far lower for certain kinds of fishing, and I do have a spool or so filled up with some 15lb 8 strand braid - but for the moment I am very happy with using 20lb 8 strand most of the time. It works really well for me, and I really, really liked the new bright green Daiwa Tournament 8 strand stuff. I know it's the same as the other colours (dark green and that multi-coloured "Accu Depth"), so I don't see how this is possible, but the bright green colour one feels a tiny bit different to fish with. I accept that this might be completely in my imagination, but if anything this new stuff feels even nicer than the other colours I have fished with. Go figure !!

A lot of these "new" products are not easy to find at the moment, but hopefully that will change with time. As much as bass anglers are right in the thick of the fishing at the moment, in terms of the marketplace we are essentially at the end of the season. I am guessing that next year will see a lot more new products coming on to the market as regards modern lure fishing.............

Oh, and I have found some other versions of those Sakura lure boxes that I was on about the other day - they look very similar to me, but they are cheaper !! How about that ? I do my best to keep an eye on what is going on as regards fishing gear, but of course I am going to miss plenty of things. The "other" lure boxes I have come across are made by a company called Jig Power (new to me), and the two sizes are B#200 and B#260 - check here for them. And yes, they do have the drainage holes that I so like on the Sakura versions.