The water was murky and I was doing some fast retrieves with a weedless spoon, so I suspect the many largemouths I landed that day were striking more at what they were sensing than what they were seeing. The folks at Stren who made the line tout its incredible strength, and I was glad for that because I was fishing some heavy cover. That same bright green line has been a dismal failure, however, on panfish and trout in clear water.
A few weeks ago I was researching some line and came across information about Cajun Red line. What intrigued me was that it was supposed to remain visible above the water but turn virtually invisible beneath the surface.
The fact sheet I'd read boasted of Cajun Red's ability to resist tangles, its low memory (that's fancy fishing talk for "it won't get curly and stay that way"), and its superior castability. The first boast was readily confirmed during my spooling process. And the more I worked with the line, the more I appreciated its resistance to tangles and low memory. Tying it was a joy, and the red color made it far easier to see than clear line, but not as obvious as bright green line. It held knots securely, and soon I started to cast some lures.
I was impressed from the very first cast. The line seemed to leap from my spinning reel spool, and the lure traveled about 20% farther than it had with the other line I'd been using. Yet, when the lure plopped into the water, there was no excess line fed from the spool. It fed just the right amount of line, no more, no less. I tried casting from several angles and over several distances. Not once did the line hang up on the spool or overfeed. What's more, I could see the red line above the surface clearly, even through sunglasses, but it seemed to vanish within a few inches under the water.
After moving from bass waters to trout waters it was time to see how Cajun Red performed with live bait. Fishing was slow that day, but I did manage to land some nice ones using nightcrawlers, including the 19-inch rainbow in the picture. That fish put up quite a fight, but there was never any doubt about the outcome as the Cajun Red worked with the rod and reel's drag to handle repeated runs and play the fish out.
If you've been frustrated fishing and can see your line underwater, dangling there like a telephone pole, I'd suggest you re-spool with Cajun Red and see if your luck doesn't change. Heck, for around 6 bucks you can get enough of the stuff to re-spool a couple of times for each of the next three years, so what do you have to lose? I think you'll find it a great-casting line that's easy to work with and effective at helping fool fish.
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