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Line Review


Putting Finatic's Pro Series FC to the Test (continued)

That having been said, I fished Finatic's Pro Series FC predominately on two reels, my Okuma Cerros baitcaster and my Daiwa Exist Native Custom spinning reel. What I found was the line handled very well on both spinning and casting reels. It handles a lot like a higher end fluorocarbon line meaning it's pretty stiff, but in the lower pound tests, like 6 pound, it behaves just fine on spinning gear and just feels strong. This backs up how well the line performed in our tensile strength tests back at the lab.


There are no special coatings, colors, or other distractions with Finatic's Pro Series FC

One memorable catch with this line was with that 6lb test spooled on my Daiwa Exist Native Custom paired with a first generation Megabass of America Orochi XX Drop Shot Rod. I managed to hook into a somewhat significant fish and actually tightened my drag a little because I wanted to see how the line would perform. The fish pulled hard several times barely able to strip any line but at the same time, I wasn't able to gain any ground reeling on the fish, it was a true standoff. The fish, of course, eventually tired, but through it all, the Finatic Pro Series FC held strong.


The line handles nicely on both spinning and casting gear

I was really most concerned about the knot strength of that 6lb test because in the lab it tested out at 64%, but there were no issues in that battle and the experience served to build my confidence with this line.


Finatic's Pro Series FC has very good sensitivity for bottom contact baits

Features: There are no special coatings, colors, or other distractions with Finatic's Pro Series FC. It is only offered in one color (clear) and is packaged in a high end manner with a card board box housing a wide spool.

Finatic makes use of a neoprene like band to secure the line. It's a nice feature that keeps any unused line from spilling off the spool and leading a trail across your garage or boat showing you where you stored the unused spool.


One memorable catch with this line was with that 6lb test spooled on my Daiwa Exist Native Custom

Design & Ergonomics: Latent memory is a common issue with fluorocarbon lines. It's an issue inherent with lines that are stiff. The great thing with most of today's lines that exhibit any amount of memory it is easily cleared after a few casts and/or by pulling the line taught. Finatic's Pro Series FC benefits from this treatment and any memory issues are easily cleared. The line also holds up well to prolonged use with none of the clouding issues common with the fluorocarbon lines of yesteryear.


The line holds up well to prolonged use with none of the clouding issues common with older fluorocarbon lines

 

Applications: Finatic's Pro Series Fluorocarbon line is really well suited for vertical bait presentations. It has good resistance to abrasion and excellent sensitivity. Moving bait fanatics will be happy to know the line actually has a good degree of shock absorbing stretch (11.7% with 11.6% being the average of our FPI lines) with minimal deformity (2.2% vs 4.8% average). So this line is actually a good choice for general purpose applications as well.

 

Ratings:

Finatic Tackle Pro Series FC Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Nice packaging, and very smooth and consistent off the spool 9
Performance Good handling line with excellent strength and good resistance to abrasion 8.5
Price $0.15/yd. for 12lb test on the 150 yd. spool is good (avg price for FC is $0.17/yd.) 7.5
Features More about the packaging than the actual line since there are no color options or even bulk spool options 7
Design (Ergonomics) Offered in a complete array of rated strengths 8
Application A good general purpose fluorocarbon with a leaning towards vertical bait presentations 8

Total Score

8.00

Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
For More Details of the updated rating system visit our explanation here

 

Pluses and Minuses:

Plus

Minus
+ Very good sensitivity - Inability to find/check out the product at a tackle store prior to purchase
+ Handles well  
+ Very good resistance to abrasion  

 


I intentionally buttoned down my drag to battle this fish on 6lb test Finatic Pro Series FC. As you can see, the line (and my knot) held up just fine

 

Conclusion: The leap of faith on ordering a product - even fishing line - sight unseen can be a difficult hurdle to overcome. It helps when a manufacturer takes the care to package their product professionally with a high end feel, but it takes more than packaging to make it through our regimen of tests. Fortunately, Finatic's Pro Series Fluorocarbon has the performance to back up the packaging. Couple this with the performance of the company's Pro Series Braid, and Finatic Tackle is well on their way to establishing themselves as a premium fishing line company.

 

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