Over the last few years I have started using more and more fluorocarbon fishing line. This spring I tried a new line made by Sunline. Now that I’ve had some time on the water with it, it’s time to write my Sunline Super Fluorocarbon Fishing Line Review, so you’ll know if it’s right for you or not.
As you may already know from my past reviews, I have tested at least a couple different fluorocarbon fishing lines. One of them, which I won’t mention by name right now, was absolutely terrible. The other one, Stren Fluorocast Fluorocarbon, has been my favorite fluorocarbon line for the last few years. You can read my review for that line here.
Stren fluorocarbon line is inexpensive and just plain works. So, it’s a real bargain for the price you pay.
This past Winter, though, I was prompted by a TackleTest.com reader to do a Sunline Super Fluorocarbon Fishing Line Review. He wanted to know my opinion of the line. So here we go!
They say first impressions are everything. Sometimes it’s true, and sometimes not so much. But with fishing line, I tend to think it’s quite true.
That was completely the case with my spool of Sunline Super Fluorocarbon Fishing Line. The moment I removed it from the package, I liked it. It is probably the most limp-feeling fluorocarbon line I’ve handled. In fact, if you weren’t told it was fluorocarbon line, you might not know until you tied a lure on and fished with it.
It is also very smooth to handle, and it behaves very well while spooling it up, and while tying knots. It’s actually very deceiving, because it just doesn’t behave like fluorocarbon line when you handle it.
Much like the Sufix Seige mono that I reviewed a few years ago, this line also impressed me even while it was still on the spool.
And I have to mention one of the things that stood out to me the most when I first saw this line. It was the diameter.
This line is rated at 16 lb. test. But it looks more like 14 or less based on the diameter. I have to admit that this caught me a bit off guard. I will talk about this a bit later in this review.
What About Real Life?
But what about in real life, on the water, where it really counts?
OK. Let’s talk about that.
This line is a dream come true for fluorocarbon users. I’m not kidding. All of my first impressions were right on.
Despite the line being fairly limp for fluorocarbon, it is sensitive and has virtually zero stretch, just like fluorocarbon fishing line should have.
My initial trial with it was on a medium heavy Lew’s Carbon Fire casting rod, spooled onto a Lew’s Speed Spool LFS Baitcasting Reel, which I am currently testing and will be reviewing in the very near future.
The first several times out with it, I was throwing a Gambler swimbait rigged on an underspin. I failed to get any bites on it, but I could literally feel the bait ticking the grass as I ran it along the bottom of the lake.
Finally, a couple weeks ago, I tried it out more by chunking a 1/2 oz. spinnerbait after dark.
The bait I was throwing was one that I make specifically for night fishing. It’s a 1/2 oz. bait with a very large single Colorado blade that thumps like Godzilla under the water.
With the Sunline Super Fluorocarbon Fishing Line I could literally feel every single revolution of the blade as it thumped 4 feet below the water’s surface, 50-60 feet away. And feeling the bait ticking the tops of weeds was easy.
Best of all, I had no problem at all detecting the bass as they hit it, even if they only slightly inhaled the bait. That extra sensitivity made bite detection a breeze.
Fighting the bass was also great, with only a minimal amount of stretch in the line. I knew exactly what was going on at any second, and the line performed flawlessly during all of the bass that I landed.
What About Knot Strength?
Knot strength is excellent with this line. As with any fluoro line, wet it good before cinching it down, and cinch it slowly to prevent burning the line. Very simple and straight forward.
Is it Durable?
This line is tough. It resists nicks and scrapes from rocks and wood very well.
After landing a good bass, it shows no signs of wear unless the bass has literally dragged it through hordes of rocks or other similar types of hard cover. Even then, it hold together very well and lets you land the fish.
Remember earlier, when I mentioned the line’s small diameter?
Well, I have to admit, now that I have spent many, many weeks using the line, fighting and landing some big fish on it, this line is incredibly strong and tough for the small diameter that it has! This is probably one of the most impressive attributes of the Sunline Super Fluorocarbon Fishing Line.
Any concerns that I might have had about the diameter being small disappeared as I landed more and more fish with it.
What About The Cost?
Well, this is where my Sunline Super Fluorocarbon Fishing Line Review gets a bit tricky for me. As you probably know by reading my other reviews, I don’t like high-priced fishing tackle much. Let me clarify that statement, though.
I don’t believe that good fishing tackle has to cost a premium price in order to be very good.
With that said, I also believe that, most times, you get what you pay for, but only to a certain degree. There is a line that you cross where you don’t get much more for your money as the price increases on an item to the point of being ridiculous.
So, with the Sunline Super Fluorocarbon Fishing Line, I consider it to be a very good value for the price. It costs $14.99 for a 200 yard spool from Tackle Warehouse. At Dick’s Sporting Goods, it’s a tad higher, at $16.99
I consider both of these prices to be an excellent value. Most good fluorocarbon lines cost $20 or more for a 200 yard spool. So I have no trouble whatsoever calling this line an excellent value at either of these prices.
Why? Because the line is worth every penny based on its performance.
Summing it Up
With all of that said, let me wrap this Sunline Super Fluorocarbon Fishing Line Review up, so I can busy writing my next review!
This line has everything I look for in a fluorocarbon fishing line; low stretch, durability, good knot strength, easy handling and manageability, and a good price.
Better than all of that, it works very well on the water. It has given me ZERO trouble or headaches under a variety of conditions, using a variety of baits and presentations.
Lastly, it is priced very reasonably.
There is no doubt about it. This is a 5 star product every minute of every day.
If you like fluorocarbon line and you haven’t tried this line, I urge you to try some now! You won’t regret it at all.
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