Lake Fork Trophy Lures’ new “Fluorotex” panfish line
I recently had the opportunity to test “Lake Fork Trophy Lures’ new “Fluorotex” panfish line. This fishing line which is fluorocarbon coated performed very well compared to many other big name lines I have tried. So far I have used the orange 10 pound test on my trolling rods and I was very happy with the performance. The line is really limp with extremely low memory, but very strong. It has excellent knot strength and comes in both clear and fluorescent orange in 6, 8, and 10 lb. tests. The spools have 700 yards of line and are retail priced at $9.99 each for the 6 lb. and 8 lb. test spools and $10.99 each for the 10 lb. test spools. The best way to get the line right now is directly from Lake Fork Trophy Lures by calling toll free 800-408-2028.
Now more on the testing. I found the Fluortex line diameter to be about the same as big name fluorocarbons which is important to me because I like to fish small jigs 1/16 and even 1/32 jigs and they have really small eyes. Also small diameter lines allow small baits to get down in even deep water. When I used this line to troll the small diameter allowed me to use less weight. The line diameter of the 6 lb. line is 0.010″ (0.26mm). The other two options are as follows: 8 lb. – 0.11″ (0.29mm) and 10 lb. – 0.012″ (0.32mm).
When trolling, seeing the lite bite is very important to me. The orange Fluortex line contrast very well in all light and water conditions and I was able to see the bites that otherwise would have gone unfelt.
Did I mention this line is tough? I got the unexpected opportunity to test this first hand when I trolled into a school of blue cats. I caught 9 blue cats one of which was over 8 pounds and did not break off the first time. I also got hung a couple of times and the Fluorotex main line successfully broke the 8 pound double minnow rigs every time.
Lastly I like the handling of the line. It is noticeably more limp than any other non braid lines I have used which results in very low to no memory but it is surprisingly very accepting of knots and not bad to tip wrap the pole.
After using the line trolling several trips I am confident this will be my choice of trolling line for the future. If I was re-spooling right now this is the line I would chose and for me that tells it all.
I will be testing the clear version of Fluorotex on my hand poles very soon. I am looking forward to it and I will report to you guys how it works.