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Friday, April 3, 2009

• Vicious Fishing Line Conditioner

Vicious Fishing Line Conditioner is a product much similar to KVD Line & Lure. Actually, it's made by the exact same company. It is quite possibly the exact same product in a different packaging. Let me explain some of the similarities I've discovered. Everything was hidden in plain sight. I've already reviewed Line & Lure in the past. Much of what I will say here has probably already been covered.

If you look on the sides of either bottle, you will notice it says "Manufactured and Distributed by Line and Lure Products" and also mentions a company named RMR Industries. The graph on the side of the bottle is the exact same graph that is on the lineandlure.com web site. Compared with a standardized casting distance of 100 feet, casting distance of treated mono measured 124 feet. Treated fluorocarbon goes 130 feet. Same graph. Same numbers. These are questionable results given my own experience with either product, but worth paying attention to.


Vicious Fishing



KVD Line & Lure


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There are many other parallels with regard to the claims this product makes when compared with Line & Lure. Vicious Line Conditioner should dramatically improve casting distance, offer more control, eliminate memory, extend line life, and protect your gear. As with Line & Lure, I found that casting distance was not quite as far as they claim on the bottle or web site, but it does add five to ten feet to a good cast. It does help control backlashes and can reduce memory. These benefits alone make line conditioner a great addition to your arsenal.



Application of this product is relatively easy. Just spritz the line according to the instructions on the bottle and you're good to go. Can't beat that. If you have trouble with line jumping off of your spool in the middle or end of a cast, try some of this stuff so you don't have to fiddle with the brakes on your reel. Then again, maybe you are a little too loose and fancy free with your brakes. Line conditioner should not be seen as a miracle worker.

General use & tips:
Spray directly on the line spooled up on your reel and allow it to dry completely for the very first application. In other words, treating the line the night before an outing is ideal. To improve casting distance a little more, a tip on the bottle recommends spraying your rod guides too. Now whenever your line gets a little unruly, spritz it a few times and continue casting away. Application is easy and there is no oily residue or associated odor.

So what differences are there?
Vicious Conditioner comes in a 4oz bottle, but instead of requiring 2 squirts, the instructions tell you it takes 4 to 5 when applying to line. I'm left wondering if this a slightly different formula or if it's a watered down version of the original stuff. I've found that 2 sprays are still effective at controlling line and improving casting distance. That's worth knowing. Should save you a little bit of money. No point letting it go to waste by getting trigger happy with the bottle.

I've also started using line conditioner to keep spinnerbait and jig skirts from sticking together. It seems to give skirts a more fluid action and in my opinion, that is a very good thing. The site also mentions providing protection from the effects of the sun. If you have lures that might fade, give them a quick application and see if it helps.

There are several gimmicky products out there meant to sucker in anglers. At first glance, something called "Line Conditioner" might raise an eyebrow. I can tell you from personal experience, this product is worth having with you. It takes the frustration out of casting so you can spend more time fishing and less time dealing with line related problems. I paid $7.59 at a local tackle shop and online, it appears to go for $8. It may not make the fish jump in your boat. It's definitely no substitute for hair spray. Keep it away from children and try to avoid freezing it. Just use as intended and you'll be okay.


Useful Links:
Purchase @ jbsfishing.com

Vicious Fishing
http://www.vicious-fishing.com/

Related Posts:
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Vicious Fishing Fluorocarbon

1 comments:

Basspastor said...

I probably will be using some flouro this year so I might have to pick up a bottle. I am not sure who around here carry's eithe KVD's or Vicious. Maybe they will have info on the website.