Platypus Super 100 Line Review By Kent Cannon

Platypus Super - 100

A little over one year ago, I was contacted by an distributor friend from up in Canada in regards to doing a review of some Australian fishing line that he was handling. We are both kokanee enthusiasts and as such have been comparing notes as to the differences of targeting this great fish in his location as opposed to my location.

For many northern areas, the kokanee Obsession has not really set in just yet and as such they are still using techniques that have been used in days gone by. By that, I mean using gang trolls and lead line. The downrigger system has not really caught on in many of those Northern communities nor has the use of some of the more modern tackle including but not limited to UV coatings and Glow coatings. In fact, while traveling and giving seminars, it seems more the exception than the rule that the majority of people North of the Oregon Border do not use downriggers.

This downrigger thing was also true of Oregon not so long ago! I am sure that the kokanee fishermen from below our Southern border looked at us like we were still in the dark ages. The simple truth is, that the technology is slowly spreading north and hopefully will lead to even more revelations in the form of tackle design since our Northern fanatical kokanee friends are still excellent fishermen even though their tackle design is a bit foreign to us down in these parts.

In any event, I digress; the focus of this article is the 10# Platypus Super 100 Line.  I fished this line on two rods for the entire 2011 season and I fished some 10# P-Line Original on two rods as a comparison. There are some major differences between the two; the most obvious being the diameter of the line. The Platypus 100 has a diameter of 22 millimeters or in USA speak: .0086 inches in diameter. The  P-Line has a diameter of  .28 MM or .011 inches. Both of these lines have a very similar breaking strength and quality even though the Platypus is much thinner.

The first reason that the diameter is critical in the scheme of things is very simple, especially for the kokanee fisherman and that is LINE DRAG. The thicker the line, the more blow back when fishing at depth using downriggers. Less drag relates to a lighter release weight on the clips as well as fewer pre-releases due to line resistance.

The second reason is that when long lining in the spring, there is once again less line drag which allows you to fish closer to the boat with your presentation while still achieving the same depth you were when using a heavier line such as the P-Line. This relates to less time to the boat which relates to less chance for soft mouthed kokanee to throw the hook.

The only drawback that I found for this line is that there are no US outlets for this line. They will however ship to the US so that is not a deal breaker.

 

Platypus 100 P-Line Original Stren Original Berkley Trilene XL
8-Lb. .20 mm .23 mm .28 mm .25 mm
10-Lb. .22 mm .28 mm .30 mm .27 mm
12-Lb. .24 mm .33 mm .33 mm .33 mm

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About Kent Cannon

My passion is fishing and hunting as well as traveling throughout the Northwest and writing about those adventures. I was separated from my job a few years ago due to the still ongoing economic downturn. I had spent years working, focusing on things that really were not near and dear to my heart all the while scrambling and climbing to what I perceived as the top. I of course did not realize what I was doing, because I was caught up in the moment, focusing on what I thought was the American dream. Crashing and pushing ever forward like a Lemming headed for a cliff, oblivious the world around me. I was more than a little bitter over loosing my job; it was a good job as far as jobs go and I was making a lot of money so I could live according to the manner in which I wanted to be accustomed. In the process of trying to find another job in an unfavorable economic climate I found something that I had left behind many years ago. I found me! That is how and why I started this website, looking for myself and sharing things that I found along the way. Even though I am older now, suffering a little from arthritis and my hair is now somewhat graying I still have fire in my belly for the next adventure. The more that I seek out my next adventure, the more excited I become!

2 Responses to Platypus Super 100 Line Review By Kent Cannon

  1. luke starling says:

    Ken,

    I’m an Aussie fisherman fishing Aussie species in Queensland. I use platy super 100, its probably the best light line I’ve used; right amount of stretch, thin diameter, but more importantly and this something you didn’t talk about in your review, it has unbelievable abrasion resistance. In fact its similar to flurocarbon.

    • luke starling says:

      Essentially it is designed for fishing viciously aggressive, insanely powerful predatory fish in tropical conditions. So basically things like mangrove jack in estuaries thick with deadfalls and mangroves. I’m not sure how well it would go in icy conditions. Off topic, but in fact I have never seen snow. Ever.

      The strangest thing I have caught on platy super 100 is a mudcrab which grabbed my bait and refused to let it go.

      However, I did catch a flathead (which is not a type of catfish here in aus) which ran 85 cm on 6lb super 100. I suspect virtually any other non-braided line would have broken, as it ran me through rocks and god knows what else.

      I can report that play super 100 does get chalky after long exposure to sunlight in high temperatures. Where I live in regularly gets to 40 degrees Celsius and up in summer, and after enough beach sessions like that the line does become brittle.

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