Power Pro aboard Fire Island Charter Boat Maybe Tonight

Power Pro Red Braided Fishing Line

UPDATED 8/9/12- (see below)

I have been using the Power Pro brand of the so-called Super Lines pretty much since it hit the market and have been very happy with the results. I have recently switched from the green color to red and really prefer this color. I am not going to go into the science of the color spectrum underwater and which disappears in the water better, but I will say the red color has not impacted catches at all and it is a LOT easier for me to see above the surface. This comes in handy when I need to follow where the anglers line is in relation to a ripline or a school of baitfish.

I use Power Pro on my spinning outfits that see duty plugging, bucktailing and jigging the fast currents around the areas I fish in the Great South Bay and Fire Island Inlet. Power Pro is also loaded on my casting outfits used for fluke fishing with either the standard bait/strip combo or live baits as well as bucktail/teaser rigs.

I spend alot of time fishing big wooden plugs in fast moving rips and eddies. The thin diameter offered by this line in relation to monofilament helps the plugs swim better due to the line causing less drag in the water. A thicker line in fast water tends to pull the lip of the plug under causing it to not swim the way it should.

While targetting fluke the Power Pro offers the advantage of sensitivity enabling the angler to feel even the slightest take of the bait. When we are bucktailing once again the thin diameter becomes an advantage by allowing me to use the smallest bucktail possible while still staying in contact with the lure.

For the sake of fairness I have to add that it has not all been happy times with the Power Pro line. In the very early days of it’s existence I tried using the lighter pound tests and was not happy at all with my initial results. One instance in particular would be where I loaded a small casting reel with the 15lb Power Pro. The plan was to use this outfit for fluke in the shallower stretches of the bay with tiny bucktails and plastics. I hooked plenty of fish but on several occasions just the thrashing of the fish’s head on the surface at the boat was enough to snap the line.

As a result of my experience mentioned in the previous paragraph I shied away from the light Power Pro lines, sticking with monofilament instead, until giving it another test following Shimano taking over Power Pro. I’m happy to report that to date I have not had a repeat and am now using the 10 and 15lb lines for all my light tackle applications.

There are many discussions on the various fishing forums about mysterious breakoffs while using Power Pro. One never knows the exact situation of the reporters complaint but I can say that from my side of the fence I have not seen any evidence of this. I would suggest taking the negative press with a grain of salt and let your own results be your guide. I can tell you this, I am casting $20-$30 dollar plugs for large striped bass and I would not be using this line if I didn’t trust it.

I am going to leave my original review in place above just as I wrote it since I did use it for a LONG time and never experienced any of the issues that have been reported with the Power Pro line on many Internet fishing forums. That is until recently.

While shooting the following video that was originally done to demonstrate a knot I use for braid to mono connection I was VERY surprised at what happened to my running line during the test. To be completely fair, and it is stated in the video, the line used for the demonstration was not new but instead was on the reel since the start of our Long Island fishing season. But even with that said, the line was only a couple of months old.

Here’s my eye-opening video, the result of which has me seriously reconsidering my use of Power Pro on my reels 🙁

Tight Lines,
Capt Paul