Seaguar Fluorocarbon Mainline & Leader Material Buyer's Guide
By Owen Gartner
Seaguar is the oldest and one of the most respected manufacturers of fluorocarbon fishing line in the tackle industry. Releasing the first mass market fluorocarbon fishing line to consumers in 1971, no legitimate conversation about fluorocarbon line for fishing begins without the mention of Seaguar and its parent company, industrial materials manufacturer Kureha. They literally invented the stuff.
Today, Seaguar offers an impressive line-up of fluorocarbon fishing mainlines and leaders, with designs covering both freshwater and saltwater fisheries and a wide range of species, from tiny panfish all the way up to big game predators like muskie and blue fin tuna. But with such an impressive and diverse line-up, sometimes even experienced anglers can have difficulty figuring out which line is best for them. In this line guide we breakdown the various fluorocarbon products Seaguar manufactures and their optimal use and applications.
Fluorocarbon mainlines have come a long way since they were first released. Once regarded as only a line that fishing experts should use because of its difficulty to spool and manage, especially on spinning reels, today's Seaguar fluorocarbon mainlines are incredibly supple, easy-to-use, and manage, even for newer anglers. Fluorocarbon line works best for subsurface reaction baits like crankbaits, jerkbaits, swimbaits, as well as stealthy, finesse techniques like spybaiting or drop shot.
Red Label is Seaguar's entry-level fluorocarbon mainline. A 200 yard filler spool is only $11.99 here at Discount Tackle - so one of the biggest selling points of Red Label is its value. But that's not to say Red Label is some cheapo line not worth your time as a mainline - Red Label has a dedicated following of anglers who understand the beauty of a reliable and affordable fluorocarbon mainline.
Red Label is made in the same high-tech manufacturing facilities and uses the same exclusive fluorocarbon resin blends as Seaguar's high-end products. The line offers remarkable impact strength and good abrasion resistance, boasting 30 percent better knot strength over leading competitors. As with all 100 percent fluorocarbon products, Red Label is much less visible underwater than monofilament line and virtually invisible to fish. Red Label is also UV resistant, chemical resistant, non-absorbent, high-density, and impervious to cold conditions.
Overall, the biggest draw back of Red Label is that is not as supple as other fluorocarbon lines and can be a bit stiff at first. This means it can not be effectively used on spinning reels and works best on baitcasters. That said, using a line conditioner like the KVD Line & Lure Line Conditioner can do wonders to reduce stiffness and make the line easier to manage and cast.
Red Label is also available in 1000 yard bulk spools. Both filler and bulk spools of Red Label are available in strength ratings between 4 pound and 20 pound test.
InvizX is Seaguar's most popular fluorocarbon mainline. It offers an optimal mix of performance and value - a stealthy, supple line that can be used for both baitcasting and spinning reels at a reasonable price point.
This means InvizX is a great choice for anglers of all skill levels who target popular freshwater species like bass, trout, perch, crappie, and walleye and inshore saltwater species like speckled trout, redfish, flounder, and more. As with all 100 percent fluorocarbon products, InvizX is much less visible underwater than monofilament line and virtually invisible to fish. InvizX is also UV resistant, chemical resistant, non-absorbent, high-density, and impervious to cold conditions.
The next step up in terms of both quality and price point is AbrazX. Like the name implies, AbrazX is an abrasion resistance focused mainline fluorocarbon. It's designed to hold up around heavy abrasive cover like docks, pilings, rock, and thick vegetation. It is slightly less stealthy than InvizX, but more than makes up for that shortcoming with unmatched strength in abrasive conditions. It can be used on both baitcasting and spinning reels and is rated for both freshwater and saltwater fisheries.
AbrazX is a good mainline choice for intermediate to advanced angler fishing around abrasive cover. This includes bass anglers flipping and pitching into thick brush and matted grasses, inshore saltwater anglers fishing in grassy marches and abrasive oyster beds, or even multi-species freshwater anglers fishing rocky creeks and streams.
Tatsu (which translates to dragon in Japanese) is Seaguar's top-of-the-line fluorocarbon mainline. Designed with tournament bass fishing anglers in mind, Tatsu is some of the highest performing freshwater fluorocarbon mainline ever created.
Virtually invisible and invincible, Seaguar Tatsu Fluorocarbon is at the apex of fluorocarbon evolution, and Seaguar's strongest and softest in their mainline catalog. Available in Japan for quite some time before it officially hit North American shores, Seaguar Tatsu fishing line combines two 100 percent fluorocarbon custom resins using Seaguar's exclusive double structure fluorocarbon (DSF) technology.
So, in addition to unbeatable strength to diameter ratio, this manufacturing process creates a line that is super-sensitive, stealthy, and supple. Overall, this makes Tatsu an excellent choice for tournament bass and walleye anglers who are experienced fluorocarbon users looking for a line to take their fishing to the next level. Tatsu can be purchased in both 200 yard filler spools and 1000 yard bulk spools in strength ratings ranging from 6 pound to 25 pound test.
Fluorocarbon Leader Material
In addition to mainline fluorocarbon, Seaguar also offer an expansive and diverse line up of fluorocarbon leader materials. While most Seaguar mainlines are generally developed with freshwater use in mind, Seaguar's leader materials tend to focus more on specific saltwater applications.
This is because all of Seaguar's mainline fluorocarbons double as fluorocarbon leaders that can be tied on braided or monofilament mainlines. Fluorocarbon is less common than braid as an inshore saltwater mainline and virtually unheard of as an offshore saltwater mainline.
Blue Label is Seaguar's most popular leader material. It was designed with saltwater fishing in mind, but is used by some freshwater anglers who desire an especially tough yet supple fluorocarbon leader as well. It sinks fast and has incredible tensile and knot strength (34 percent better than leading competitors), so you never have to worry about your leader to mainline connection failing.
Seaguar also boasts that Blue Label has such an efficient strength to diameter ratio that it allows anglers to use a lower pound test than they would have to with a nylon and co-polymer monofilament leader. Being able to use a thinner line with the same strength capabilities also contributes to a stealthier presentations and improved action of your bait or lure. All told, Blue Label is an excellent all around choice for saltwater fishing fluorocarbon leader material.
Blue Label is available in 25 yard, 50 yard, and 100 yard leader wheels for strength ratings between 2 pound and 80 pound test and 30 yard leader coils for strength ratings between 90 pound and 400 pound test.
Pink Label is nearly identical to Blue Label in design, function, and intended use, with one small difference: it has light pink color instead of clear translucence. That's it. Same diameters for each pound test and same tensile and knot strength.
Why pink? Some saltwater anglers prefer pink colored leader because it actually disappears more quickly in the visible light spectrum underwater and is stealthier than Blue Label.
Pink Label is available in 25 yard leader wheels and coils in strengths ranging between 15 pound and 130 pound test.
Seaguar Inshore is one of Seaguar's newer saltwater fluorocarbon offerings. It was specifically designed for shallow water inshore saltwater fisheries and excels at fishing in areas like grass flats, skinny water marshes, and surf fishing from the beach or jetties.
Seaguar Inshore is a very affordable leader material ($12.79 for 100 yards of 12 pound test). Overall, a great choice for inshore anglers targeting species like redfish and sea trout in shallow water where stealth and abrasion resistance are a must.
Inshore is available in 100 yard leader wheels in strength ratings between 12 pound and 80 pound test.
Gold Label is Seaguar's top-of-the-line, general purpose fluorocarbon leader material. Originally developed for saltwater usage, it quickly gained popularity among freshwater anglers and was subsequently released in expanded line of lower pound tests, going all the way down to 2 pound.
This line is unbelievably thin and more abrasion-resistant than most monofilament leaders, which is important when pulling fish out of reefs, thick brush, rocks, or dock pilings. Its high tensile strength also means that the leader won't fail when put under extreme stress, like a powerful hookset into a bony mouth, or a boatside battle with a hard fighting predator. Baits rigged on Seaguar Gold Label will swim more naturally, triggering more bites and helping you put more fish in the box than ever before.
Gold Label is available in 25 yard leader wheels in strength ratings between 2 pound and 80 pound test.
Fluoro Premier (aka Green Label) is a high-performance saltwater leader material that boasts incredible shock absorption properties and impressive strength to diameter ratios (even thinner than Blue Label). It also has very low memory which facilitates increased knot and tensile strength. Fluoro Premier is excellent as shock leader for trolling saltwater lures and open water jigging.
Fluoro Premier is less about abrasion resistance and more about optimal lure action and ability to withstand high impact hook sets when trolling for big game saltwater species.
Seaguar STS leader (aka Orange Label) is a freshwater speciality leader developed specifically for salmon, trout, and steelhead fishing. This genuine 100 percent fluorocarbon leader material delivers incredible abrasion resistance and maximum impact and knot strength, all with a smaller line diameter than monofilament. It excels at holding up in rocky creeks and runs against tough, hard fighting fish, which is exactly what you need when targeting these cold water species.
This fast-sinking line also gets your presentation in the strike zone more quickly, and with a lower refractive index than monofilament, it is significantly less visible underwater - which is important in the often gin clear runs these fish reside in.
STS Trout/Steelhead is available in strength ratings between 4 pound and 17 pound test, while STS Salmon runs from 20 pound to 50 pound test - both are available only in 100 yard leader wheels.
AbrazX Pike & Musky is a speciality leader coil, high-strength variant of AbrazX fluorocarbon. It is designed to have the greatest abrasion resistance possible, all while being stealthy and easy to manage given its incredible strength ratings. It was developed with help from muskie fishing legend Pete Maina and is intended to be a stealthier alternative to metal wire leaders required for chasing these toothy species.
If you're chasing monster, 40 inch+ northern pike and muskie in super clear waters where stealth is super important, AbrazX Pike & Musky is the right leader material for you.
AbrazX Pike & Musky is available in 25 yard leader coils in strength ratings between 80 pound and 130 pound test.