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Triple Fish Line, a field-test report at Cabela's

Triple Fish Line, a field-test report

Author: Frank Ross

On a recent bass-fishing trip to Florida, I was fortunate to use several types of Triple Fish Line, and was impressed with them all.

Triple Fish Success
Triple Fish Line is manufactured in Germany, using a high-tech process unique to the line industry. The resulting plastic polymer, perlon, provides a balance of visibility and abrasion resistance. Unlike nylon, which is weakened when it is stretched, perlon restores itself to near full strength after being stretched. Laboratory tests documented this resilience lasts from 400 to 600 times before losing tensile strength.

Shortly after I returned from that trip, my fishing companion, Dave Burkhardt, developed his own testing program, landing a 14-1/2 pound, 29" bass on 12-pound Triple Fish X-rated line. I'll take that program over a laboratory machine any day!

Ultra Viz
I began the day fishing with Ultra Viz, which uses four alternating fluorescent colors that make the line extremely easy to see above the water, and difficult for fish to see. The colors, bright yellow, green, red and fluorescent clear, are alternated every 2-1/2 feet, which helps give you a sense of line movement while reeling. The line is extremely limp, easy to cast and priced very competitively. Throughout the day I changed baits many times and found Ultra Viz very easy to tie and, most importantly, had no knot or line failures. Ultra Viz comes in 1/4-pound spools from eight- to 80-pound test.

Next, I used 12-pound X-Rated Line, so named because it is X-rated for Xtra abrasion resistance, Xtra limpness and an Xtra small diameter. This line is made using a new copolymer formula that achieves up to five times more abrasion resistance than most other lines. This line maintains its extra-limp characteristics, despite its toughness, providing long, smooth casts and retrieves. I especially noticed that I felt every vibration and movement of the baits I was using. Another advantage to Triple Fish X-rated line is the diameter. With the smaller diameter, you can pack more line on a reel, and this is especially helpful when fishing low-profile reels that typically have less line capacity.

Even with a smaller diameter, I was able to horse baits out of the grass without fear of breaking off. Once, I was hung so badly that I decided to just jerk the bait off and retie, but was unable to break the line before our guide had motored to the weed line. After this incident, I had plenty of confidence when setting the hook and adjusting the drag. This line can take abuse and come back for more. X-Rated Line comes in spools of 440 yards of your favorite weight from four to 25 pounds.

Chum Line Leader
While I was bass fishing on this trip, I was looking forward to testing Triple Fish's newest innovation, Chum Line Leader, when the walleye bite starts in our area. This unique line features an attractant, baitfish amino acids embedded in the line, which releases slowly when submersed in water. It comes in a sealed bag to protect the freshness of the impregnated scent. The addition of scent, released in the water near a bait, adds to your ability to attract fish and theoretically increases bites. In addition to its fish-attracting ability, this leader material is extremely tough. Depending on water temperature, the scent lasts about 30 minutes, but even after the scent is depleted, you still have an excellent leader. Chum Line Leader comes in 25-yard wrist spools that are designed to make use on a rocking boat much easier. With weights spanning the entire spectrum, from 15 to 100 pounds, it's good for both saltwater and freshwater species like northern that require a heavier test line.

I can think of three reasons for using Triple Fish Line, it has all of the characteristics fishermen look for, it's limp, tough and very competitively priced. Give it a try, and I'm sure you'll agree.