underwaterI’ve kicked around a lot of ideas about what works and what doesn’t in catching bass. And I would probably have some real firm answers—if it wasn’t for those fish that break just enough of the rules to keep me guessing.

Line visibility (plus all the other issues related to bass vision) makes me wonder a lot. I’ve seen untold number of situations where say, 15-pound green mono beats the heck out of 8-pound clear, and also those days where a 6-pound tinted mono got bit just as well as 6- or 8-pound fluorocarbon.

Furthermore, we’ve all heard the arguments related to the color red (as in hooks, line and bleeding bait imitations). Proponents of the color’s visibility or invisibility are so diametrically opposed; it makes you wonder what the heck they are looking at in those laboratories.

The issue of fluorocarbon is somewhat different. While it may be marketed by some as invisible, its actual claim to fame is that it does not reflect light in the same fashion as nylon (mono) or nylon hybrids. Therefore, in many light conditions and in some water tints and clarities, as much as we can tell with the naked or even polarized eye–it’s tough to see fluorocarbon several inches down in the water.

For that reason alone, it makes a difference in our confidence that the fish (even though they’ve got wayyyyyy better vision than we do) aren’t getting a good look at it and that should help us get more bites.

But confidence is not physics. You can’t put confidence on a scale and measure it. I need to have a little more than a promise on the package to make me feel comfortable with a product. (And so you know, I like a lot of different lines out there, and they’re not all fluorocarbon or braid.)

The thing that first drew me to the Seaguar fluoro was those harder-to-catch albacore late in the season. Side by side against mono, the guys with a three-foot fluorocarbon leader could really hurt your pride. You really needed to use it.

Then, when they brought out InvizX it was obvious, Seaguar manipulated the line’s characteristics to the complete opposite of those stiffer saltwater lines. The new stuff was easy to cast and pretty hard to see in my view.

abrazx-2501But with the new AbrazX (www.seaguar.com) I think Seaguar meets a key trio of bass angler needs: First, it’s tougher to scratch and has a bit lower stretch (in use) than their InvizX.

You will always fight the battle of line diameter versus stretch, and if you use a thick enough line, you won’t hear the stretch complaints. Of course, fat, stiff lines don’t handle for jack. The lower stretch is a good fit for me with under-spins and Road Runners that require thin line for a quicker sink, but give you a chance for a decent hook-set on a long cast.

This is especially evident as I compare lines with a diameter of .008 to .010. Even with the same sharp hooks and reeling like mad to gain line, lower stretch always means better hook penetration than with stretchy line. As a point of balanced tackle, then, I also rely on a good reel drag to protect me once the fish is on and starts to surge, as well as the right, parabolic rod action to cushion the shock.

Second, if you operate on the notion that fluoro’s sole advantage is invisibility, then you’ll probably find, as I have, that even with varying lens colors or the naked eye, you do get quick “fade out” as the AbrazX sinks below the surface. It delivers those low reflective qualities that we’re all told are critical for fishing in clear water.

And that third thing? It’s that elusive issue of confidence. I trust the manufacturer, and not just because they invented fluorocarbon. Heck, you can see where that got Henry Ford. But I know Seaguar knows what its doing and that they are interested in me catching fish. If not, they probably wouldn’t have created this latest Seaguar product that fits bass angling—spot on.