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Offshore Angler Magibraid Spectra Fiber Line
written by Michael Burch

I just had to try some of this line out -- It's like something Q would make for James Bond if there were an international fishing disaster.
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The line won't soak up saltwater that can corrode reels in storage.

Picking the right line can be tough these days. With all the choices available and all the high-tech materials used, it seems like an angler needs a degree in "long-wordology" to pick fishing line. In the olden days you could walk into a store and pick up a roll of fishing line simply by saying what test weight you wanted. Now you get to choose between braided, monofilament, fluorocarbon, lead core, clear, flouroclear and about every possible color that water can be. And today, thanks to me, you're going to learn about another one – Offshore Angler's Magibraid Spectra Fiber braided line.

Spectra Fiber is an ultra-thin-molecular-weight polyethylene fiber that is touted as being the strongest and lightest manmade fiber. This fiber is used in a variety of applications including protective shields and bulletproof jackets. The line itself is 100 percent UV, chemical and water resistant, can be 40-percent smaller in diameter than monofilament, won't abrade like monofilament and has a low stretch of 3 percent. Plus, pound-for-pound, Spectra fiber is 10 times stronger than steel. I just had to try some of this line out – It's like something Q would make for James Bond if there were an international fishing disaster.

I picked up a 300-yard spool of 12-pound test because the logs I catch usually only weigh 10 pounds. The line was designed for saltwater fishing, but since Missouri is pretty far from any salty bodies of water and nobody around here owns a fighting harness, I figured I'd have to make due with some salty potato chips and a little bit of catfish hunting.
 

After spooling the 300 yards of Magibraid onto Excalibur, my 9-foot catfish-fighting pole, I headed to a local dam to see what kind of monsters I could roust out of hibernation.

I was a little leery about the .005mm width of the Magibraid, being that I usually have about a pinkie's width worth of monofilament hogtied to my treble hook, but it's thinness definitely lent to a more castable fishing pole – I don't think I've ever seen a ball of stinkbait airborne for so long.

Through the course of the night, I never had any problems with the Magibraid; it never made a bird's nest of my reel, even after all my reeling and casting due to teasing catfish. The line didn't do any excess stretching, and the braided line didn't show any visible fraying or nicking after a good night of hard fishing like a lot of them will.

The real test of the line came toward of the end of the night. An extremely slow catfish was nibbling on my stinkbait and I was able to set the hook. After pulling, reeling and a bunch of "yeehas," I was able to bring in a 19-pound channel cat . . . If channel cats are brown with branches.

Whether you fish the deep sea or spend your time on small ponds, I believe you would enjoy using the Magibraid Spectra fiber line. Yes, it's a little more expensive than some of the monofilaments on the market today, but with its durability, and ease of use – it's definitely worth the price.



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Offshore Angler™ Magibraid™ Spectra® Fiber Fishing Line - 300 Yards
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