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Line Review


Is This Seaguar's Most Popular Fluorocarbon? AbrazX (continued)

 

Real World Tests: I fished AbrazX as top shot leader material in conjunction with Seaguar's hollow braid product, Threadlock, as well as tied to the end of their Smackdown braid for more finesse applications. Of course, I also fished it spooled straight onto both casting and spinning reels and fished everything from finesse techniques, jigs, glides, and even topwater wakes.


AbrazX has really good sensitivity for soft plastics

Handling: Remember how I mentioned earlier that AbrazX didn't seem to have that tendency to jump off the filler spool? Well, wound tighter onto something like a spinning reel, the 10 pound test had plenty of spring and if I didn't have the tag end of the line secured or held in tension, it did indeed unravel from the spool. This was only an issue with a full spool of line on a spinning reel. AbrazX behaved fine on my casting reel and of course, as leader material where there was much less of the line wound onto my spool.


My Seaguar line combo of 20lb Smackdown braid connected to 6lb AbrazX via a uni to uni knot

Sensitivity: Used in vertical bait presentations like drop shot and jigs, AbrazX gives you a really good sense of what's going on at the end of the line. It is a prototypical fluorocarbon line in this regard and of course, is excellent as a leader material to braid too when the line is in tension.


The same fish that thought would bite off my jig during battle

Other Performance Notes: The real test for me, with AbrazX came when I was fishing a jig with the 10lb test used as leader material at the end of my 50lb Threadlock hollow braid. I set on a fish in about twenty feet of water and somehow had difficulty moving it. When the fish was visible next to the boat, I could see the fish's mouth was closed with the AbrazX caught between the fish's teeth. I could almost feel that line being abraded between those teeth (not really, but I have a vivid imagination), and AbrazX at 10lb test is so thin (0.268mm) I was concerned of an abrasion break. A few tenuous extra moments of constant pressure later, the fish eventually came alongside the boat close enough to be landed. The 10lb AbrazX held up! A quick retie later to remove the abraded portion of my leader and I was back in business.


AbrazX's lower stretch characteristics results in some bone jarring strikes

Design & Ergonomics: Seaguar's AbrazX fluorocarbon is available in filler spool sizes of 200 yards and bulk spools of 1000 yards making it very convenient depending on your needs (only the filler spool is precision wound). Each spool even has a method for you to secure the tag end when you're done. A very important feature for fluorocarbon as it tends to unwind from the spool if given the chance leaving you with a tangled mess if not stowed properly. This fluorocarbon product is only offered in clear.


At roughly $0.12 per yard, much more affordable that Tatsu

Applications: AbrazX, like most fluorocarbon main lines, excels as a line for vertical bait presentations. Its sensitivity is very good and it's a better choice in abrasive environments than straight braid or nylon monofilament. It also has enough stretch to be used in moving bait applications and I used the 25lb as leader material for throwing hard and soft bodied swimbaits to good success. It's as versatile a mainline fluorocarbon product there is.

 

Ratings:

Seaguar AbrazX FC Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Very consistent diameter, true strength ratings 9
Performance A little stiff off the spinning reel, but holds up well in abrasive situations 8
Price At roughly $0.12 per yard, much more affordable that Tatsu 8
Features A no nonsense, quality fluorocarbon product 7
Design (Ergonomics) Available in filler and bulk spool sizes though only the filler spool is precision wound 8
Application As versatile a fluorocarbon mainline there is 8

Total Score

8.0
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 - Bulk spools are not precision wound
+ Good numbers across the board in our lab tests - Has a tendency to want to jump off spinning reel spools at 10lb and above
+ Good abrasion performance out on the water  
+ An affordable fluorocarbon mainline product  

  

Conclusion: Admittedly, the reason it's taken me this long to fish and eventually write AbrazX up is its name. While not part of our massive Fluorocarbon Showdown of 2007, we did run some lab tests on the line shortly after that effort and when AbrazX did not perform up to its name in the abrasion tests, I dismissed it. All these years later, hearing good things about the line from other anglers, we decided to take another look and while the numbers did not change, I came to realize the real difference was probably due to the line's diameter. It appears no two brands of line, even within the same manufacturer, share the same diameters, so it's nearly impossible to perform a reliable comparison test.

 


If you're on the hunt for an affordable, reliable fluorocarbon product to use as a main line or leader material, Seaguar's AbrazX is definitely worth a top shot or two

 

That's why we conduct both lab and on the water evaluations, and when taken to that level, AbrazX performs very well all around. It's doubtful the line will replace my preference for Tatsu in Seaguar's lineup, but its not intended to do that. However, due to its lesser tendency to stretch, it may be a better choice for vertical bait presentations than Tatsu. It certainly is if you factor in cost. If you're on the hunt for an affordable, reliable fluorocarbon product to use as a main line or leader material, Seaguar's AbrazX is definitely worth a top shot or two.

 

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