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Tuesday, January 8, 2008

• Testing the 8lb P-Line CXX

I caught two little ones today right after the rain that came through Shreveport this morning. I fished from the bank and the pier, not from the boat. Can't tell you what the water temps were, but I'm going to guess they were in the low to mid-50s. I wasn't really fishing to catch anything. I was getting in some practice casts with the new 8lb test P-Line CXX spooled on my Prolite and fidgeting with the Pflueger because I swapped the MH BPS rod with my M Gander Mountain rod. Both bass came on a blue/chartreuse Strike King Mini King spinnerbait. One was in a foot of water and the other was in three to four around cypress trees.

I continue to be impressed with P-Line. My experience with the CXX is beginning to resemble my experience with Halo. The CXX was casting well in the cool water without any changes in memory. I had no trouble casting the same distances, even into the wind. I do need to kick my brain a little bit to remind myself that it's 8lb copolymer line, not 12lb fluorocarbon. I think I was a strong-arming the fish a little too much. I felt more stretch with the CXX than the Halo. That means P-Line Halo has the low stretch that fluorocarbon should have. Coincidentally, the moss green CXX matches the yellowish color on my Prolite. I'm very tempted to try their Evolution copolymer.

The temps are going to cool off for a while, so I won't be fishing much. I may use a $15 Academy gift card on a few things soon. The Baltimore thing didn't work out, so I have some more time off until March gets here. I hate being idle, but that means I get to fish.

It's now mid-June. I know visitors probably want to know more than what I've discussed. I honestly don't use 8lb CXX very much. I have a lot of confidence in Gamma Copolymer and I'm still trying out PLine Halo. I do have one reel spooled up with the 8lb CXX, but I can't force myself to pick it up. So far, I've found it's very manageable. Again, it has a little stretch. I don't have the sensitivity or castability pegged yet. It does seem to form some memory after being spooled up. I think a little Line & Lure will fix that. Lighter line is generally supposed to be easy to cast. I went for 8lb line to challenge myself. I see these guys on TV making life interesting by using lighter line. I'm so used to manhandling bass with 20lb line that even the 12lb that I use all the time now can make me nervous.

If you want to recommend some lures to test this with, I have it spooled up on a 6.2:1 baitcaster and a medium action 6'6 rod rated for 8-20lb line and 1/4 to 3/4oz lures. I'm going to *try* and get in some time with this line soon. I promise. Next week is looking good to fish or at least practice.

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