FISHOS are spoilt for choice these days when it comes to fishing line. With so many choices out there, it’s fantastic to see one of the best lines available belongs to an Australian company. Platypus Fishing Lines recently launched its P8 braid, a premium round braid that ticks all the boxes when it comes to dimeter, durability and fishability. It’s thin, although not too thin, and features the right level of suppleness and texture for hassle free fishing.
I spooled up an Abu Revo and Shimano Saragosa with 30lb Platypus P8 and over the past few months tested the line on a number of species in the salt. Locally I caught a bunch of kingfish and salmon, while up north, it was tested on mackerel, tuna and tropical reef species.
The good news is P8 held up against the abuse and is still going strong. It ties a good knot (mostly FG and double uni) and seems to break well above its stated breaking strain, which helps compensate for any shoddy knots I’ve tied.
Platypus says 8 Carrier lines are rounder and thinner than conventional 3 or 4 carrier braids and won’t flatten or take on water like 12 or 16 carrier. The diameter of the 30lb is .27mm, which is reasonably thin compared to most other brands and allows more line capacity without getting too thin and fragile.
Platypus makes its P8 Braid in 6, 8, 10, 15, 20, 30, and 50lb in 150 and 300yd spools.
More info www.fishplatypus.com.au
By Scott Thomas