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Cheap Fluorocarbon Comparison: Sunline Super vs. Seagaur Red Label By: Nathan Parker
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Cheap Fluorocarbon Comparison: Sunline Super vs. Seagaur Red Label.
By: Nathan Parker
I was late to get on the fluorocarbon bandwagon. It’s expensive. It looks like mono. I’m cheap. I use braid with a fluoro leader on my spinning rods, and that has been pretty economical for me. But on my baitcasters, I didn’t like the leader knot, which caught in the guides at times and gave me some serious backlashes. So I finally decided to go straight fluoro this year, but I still couldn’t stomach spending $20-$25 for 200 yards of line. I decided to test the two most reasonably priced fluorocarbon lines available at my local Academy: Seaguar Red Label and Sunline Super. I bought a spool of 14lb. test in each. As I fished, I tried to take note of their manageability, abrasion resistance, knot strength, longevity, and sensitivity.
Manageability: Red Label is thinner per test rating, and seems to carry less memory than Sunline Super, at least initially. This made it a better choice for spinning reels, I thought. It casts a little farther per its test than Super does.
Abrasion Resistance: I fish around a lot of wood, so this is important to me. Here, I think Sunline’s larger diameter helped. I had less trouble with breaks with the Sunline Super, and found myself needing to trim my line less often.
Knot Strength: Sunline Super was the clear favorite here. I had several occurrences of knot breakage with Red Label, and none with the Sunline. Thankfully, none of these were fighting fish, but still, it was a concerning finding.
Longevity: Huge difference here. I am still fishing with Sunline on one baitcaster that is almost 4 months old, whereas I found that the Red Label was more susceptible to drying out in heat and sunlight than the Sunline. Parts of the Red Label line, after a few trips laying in the sun, would look noticeably cloudy and dry, and these portions of line were as brittle as straw. The Sunline showed no comparable degradation. It is a much better line if you plan to only change out line once or twice per season.
Sensitivity: Both lines, as you would expect from fluorocarbon, were very sensitive. The Sunline, in my experience, had slightly more stretch, but I found that to be positive, as I broke off less often as a result.
Conclusion: Sunline Super is a much better budget fluorocarbon than Seaguar Red Label, at least for baitcasting application.