NZ Fishing World home
NZ Fishing World

Gosen specialist braid

December 19, 2019
Gosen specialist braid

Should you buy a specialist casting braid? Cut to the chase…yes, you should, and here’s why.

Braid is constructed by many different manufacturers, and in various guises that will do the job.

Created from a number of weaves, it is generally accepted that the higher the weave number, the better quality and performance the braid, much like high thread count in fine fabrics.

A really solid, good quality braid will usually have at least an 8 ply (meaning it is woven with 8 main strands to form the one main line) and brand by brand will differ in strength and diameter.

Diving deeper again into the fibres, the number and size of the fibres that make up the main ply strands also makes a difference to strength, diameter and other properties.

The key here is, that all braid is not created equal, regardless of ply or diameter, braids from various manufacturers will exhibit inherently different performance factors, all of which can have a marked effect on your day out fishing.

Good braid can mean the difference between a fish in the net, or not

The right braid can mean the difference between, casting further, lasting longer, not tangling in your guides, or not soaking up water and/or delaminating to some degree.

The best braids, like much of the fishing gear today, we have found, are made in Japan.

There are several good quality brands available, but one we have been testing over the past season with great results, is Gosen, kindly supplied for testing by GoFish tackle https://www.gofish.co.nz/

Not only is this braid exceptional in quality, it provides a good example of the difference in real world usage, that specialist -purpose braids can make to your fishing experience.

Standard Gosen braid is a good benchmark, all-purpose braid created from SK60 fibres, considered to be the industry standard for a high quality braid.  It will do the job well and is a dependable option.at the price point.

If you like it light weight, check out how incredibly fine the Gosen braid goes.  Killer for casting and cutting through the current

The next level options feature 8 weave, created in a standard version and a slightly finer and stronger version more specifically for jigging, that utilises a superior SK71 fibre that is 20% stronger for its same diameter.

This braid, marked in 10 metre colour increments, would be a great choice if jigging is your thing.  One particular reason that this braid is a good choice for the job, is that being stronger for a thinner diameter, means your jig has less drag on it.  A critical property if you are jigging in 70 plus metres around currents chasing kingfish.

Finer braid will keep your line straighter and more in touch with the lure, with less of a bow in the line to take out once you hook up, meaning you get a chance to turn the fishes head that little bit earlier.

Now for the soft baiters and surface stick bait crew, back to that question about specialist casting braid.

Who has not had the infuriating braid line wrap around your runners as you crack your lure off and send it merrily on its way to see Davy Jones, or even better flinging your lure lethally around the immediate vicinity of the boat.

Next step: to be faced with untangling a tightly woven mess of limp braid jammed in your rod guides.  The ugly downside of braid.

For some applications, stiffer is better.  See how the casting braid from Gosen remains pretty perky.  Here's why this can be good...

Well the good news is that there is a braid designed specifically for casting that won’t do this, and your lure will also sail another bunch of metres for the same casting effort.

Gosen casting braid is created with a stiffer profile, and a finer weave, that utilises 8 or even a 16 ply in its construction.

The surface of the braid is coated with a ‘Teflon-like’ treatment which performs several functions.

It keeps the line stiffer and more slick, which stops the braid soaking up any water and aids it to fire through the runners.

A stiffer, dryer braid spirals and does not ‘slap’ through the runners and against the rod as it is pulled through at high speed.  Carrying less water means also carrying less weight, and you will notice a significant improvement on your casting efficiency.

It also knots up nicely and you can see the distinctive ‘clear look’ form on your knots as they cinch up correctly.

At 16 ply the line is still supple and smooth as silk once loaded up and is a joy to use under pressure, almost feeling like mono running over the guides.

We were not the only ones impressed by this line.

Gosen casting X16 braid won the EFTTEX Awards 2017 voted Best Braided Line.

If you are casting a lot, or having problems with wind knots, tip wraps, or just want to upgrade your braid to one that will give you a bit more confidence, the Gosen will not disappoint.

For more information, check out the range available at GoFish Tackle  https://www.gofish.co.nz/

Specifications

Gosen specialist braid line

You can see all the dimesions for the many individual braid types available on the GoFish Tackle website here

For More Information

Greg Hill
Phone: 0064 9 4802070
Email: greg@gofish.co.nz
View more at www.gofish.co.nz

Related posts

Catch Rainbow Warrior Double Trouble
Gear
The Catch Double Trouble is one of their very best jig patterns. We've caught everything from snapper and kingfish, to albacore tuna and exotic species overseas on this versatile slow pitch/mechanical crossover lure. Here's Espresso talking about a hot new colour out for this season, the Rainbow Warrior.
How to use the all new Catch 'BOSS SQUID'
Gear
The all new Catch 'BOSS SQUID' inchiku lure combines the best of two Catch lure favourites to create a new beast that's deadly on just about all predatory fish species. Check out the new lure and how to use it, it's surprisingly easy.
Catch Waterwings - bling for your bling
Gear
Catch fishing have invented a new way to add a bit of extra vavavoom! to your lures. Check it out here...
New Catch Beady Eye Kabura Jig
Gear
There's a new weapon from Catch Fishing. Check out the latest kabura jig that will catch just about any predatory fish out there. We've had great success with this extremely effective lure and it's well worth having a few in the tackle box, especially if it's a tough day. Easy to fish, and effective all year round, the new Catch Beady Eye Kabura is a must have if you like your lures.
Catch Deep V jig
Gear
Here's a slow pitch jig that can either be mechanically jigged or slow pitch fished to save your energy. Check out the new Catch Deep V in action. This is a great jig for just about any conditions and the special V shaped keel gives it extra hang time in the strike zone.
Create your own assist rigs for inchiku and other jigs
Gear
With the popularity of inchiku, slow pitch, and speed jigging, it's often the assist rig that gets beaten up before the metal jig. In some cases you might just prefer to customise your own rigs to suit your choice of hook. If you want to get the edge on your mates, here's a cool video showing how its done.
All Related

See Also

New netting restrictions now in place to protect Hector’s and Māui dolphins
Press Release
In June, Fisheries New Zealand and the Department of Conservation announced decisions on a revised Hector’s and Māui dolphins Threat Management Plan. Hector’s and Māui dolphins are among the world’s rarest dolphins. They face a range of human-induced threats, including fishing, seismic surveying and the disease toxoplasmosis. As a result of these decisions, on 1 October 2020, new fisheries measures took effect restricting commercial and recreational set-net and commercial trawl fishing off the west coast of the North Island, and commercial and recreational set-net fishing off the north, south and east coasts of the South Island. In addition, drift netting will be prohibited in all New Zealand waters.
How To Use A Sabiki Rig To Catch Live Bait
Hints & Tips
Here is the best sabiki rig tutorial video we have seen. Excellent tips for rigging, storage and use of the sabiki rig to maximise your opportunity to catch livies. Even if you are well experienced in using sabikis, there's a tip or two in here you may have missed.
How to make groper rigs
Deep-water
Check out the deluxe groper rigs full how-to video from Mark Cotton.
Trout season 2020 -2021 begins on October 1st
Fresh water
Freshwater anglers are eagerly anticipating the start of the new trout and salmon fishing season, which begins on October 1. Early reports indicate there is some excellent fishing to be had this coming season. Licences are available now and the photo on the licence was the winner of the 2020 Fish & Game Fishing Licence Photo competition. Take your camera with you when you go fishing because the competition will begin again in January 2021 with more spectacular prizes to be had. "Getting your licence signals that winter is over, spring is here, and Christmas is coming, which means your favourite little stream, lake or river will be open soon for fishing," Fish & Game New Zealand Chief Executive Martin Taylor says. With more Kiwis holidaying at home this year the time is right to have a go at fishing when you are camping, tramping or just visiting your local lake, river or stream. "Kiwis are exploring New Zealand like never before. Every river you cross is a fishing opportunity. "New Zealand is one of the world's great fishing countries. Our lakes, rivers, and backcountry streams all offer fantastic opportunities to fish for brown and rainbow trout. In the South Island, you can also fish for salmon in many places. "You are never far from the action."
The Lateral Line: Episode #11
Land-based
The boys find themselves in the right place at the right time. Gannets diving have given away a pack of hunting kingfish
The Lateral Line Boat Build: Ep #5
Boats
Suzuki powered and fully loaded. Here's the latest on the Lateral Line boat build
All Posts

Drop NZ Fishing World a line!

Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.
Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.