Kayak Fishing Lines: Braided VS Mono

When asked what kind of fishing line I use people are often surprised to learn that I rarely to never use so-called superlines, braid or fused. I did so for many years before my evolving fishing style outgrew it’s pros, exposing more cons.

One of those cons was the ever-frustrating wind-knots that would often occur while casting (a real bother when fishing from a kayak) and the other being the absolute requirement of adding a leader line, which involves tying yet another knot in the line, effectively adding another potential weak point.

While potential for longer casts, higher sensitivity and lower stretch are present with most braid or fused superlines, these are barely an advantage for the bulk of the fishing I do. Maximum line strength, good knot-typing qualities and high abrasion resistance are more advantageous for the scenarios I typically fish under and wherever possible the ability to negate any need for a leader knot is always a good thing. I do find myself tying on leaders from time to time (using a double uni or double nail knot, otherwise a 6-turn jam knot or uni knot to wire leader) but if I can get away with it I’ll run the mainline right through to the lure.

During a discussion about my kayak fishing methods with the boys from Mayfly Tackle they were particularly interested to hear about this and were keen for me to try out a particular line from Japanese based Xzoga. Specifically, they suggested I experiment with Master Lon, which is their most abrasion resistant offering. This is an experiment I was keen to take on, as the advertised qualities of Master Lon sound like a perfect fit for trimaran kayak fishing. Behold:

“Nothing comes near to it’s toughness and abrasion resistance, Masterlon – the ultimate abrasion resistant monofilament in the market. Exclusive Copolymer Formula-X provides the extra toughness and greater abrasion resistance than most of the monofilaments in the same diameter. High knot strength, less memory, low stretch and great sensitivity for quicker hook setting, special mixed greenish blue color to lower the visibility of the line in deep sea, Masterlon no doubt is the best choice of saltwater anglers.”

 

Time will tell if my experience aligns with the manufacturers claims, but it certainly does feel rather durable, somewhat stiff yet pliable and very smooth. I think it’s going to work out pretty well. Among other lines I’ve experimented with over recent times, I’ve also had great success with Daiwa Triforce, Sufix Duraflex and most recently, Sufix Ultra Supreme. They’ve all been pretty good, though I’ve found the Duraflex lines better suited for lighter flick-sticking estuary work (great casting and sensitivity qualities, not so great abrasion resistance) so use that in 5 and 10lb rating on my Okuma Trio reels that are perched upon my nitro Ultrabream and Distance spin rods, both of which are my go-to inland fishing outfits.

My experience with Sufix Ultra Supreme – an IGFA rated line – was really very good, giving great results in knot tying and holding power, casting capabilities as well as high visibility (I tried out the yellow colour). Its a rather supple line that is both tough and highly flexible. I did find, however, that the strain of the fight from the recent jewfish I pulled in did cause the line to twist up due to over stretching. This was easily enough fixed by letting out the line and allowing it all to uncurl but I do think the stiffer, almost wirelike qualities of the Master Lon line should resist that better. I was however very impressed with it nonetheless and am continuing to use it on both my Okuma Salina 2 reels as a backing line, top-shotted with the Monster Lon. It’s knot tying power and overall strength make for an ideal backing and its high-vis yellow will make it easy to know when I’ve only got 150 metres of line left on the spool.

If high-vis was big on my priority list I’d be using it as the mainline instead but because I prefer to roll without a leader if I can get away with it, I think the low-vis shade of the Monster Lon might lend itself better to what I’m doing. For the sake of the experiment I’ll be running 30lb on the Salina 2 10000/Godzilla combo, 20lb on the Salina 2 5000/Viper combo and 15lb on the Trio 2 40S/Voodoo combo.

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