VARIVAS Field Tester Report
By Brandon Brylinsky
It was only ten minutes into my kayak bass club’s tournament on Sodus Bay in upstate NY and my level of excitement was off the charts. I was working my favorite topwater frog over a fishy-looking patch of lily pads. I paused the frog for a few seconds when suddenly it disappeared. Not your typical topwater blow-up, just a subtle yet audible slurp and the frog was gone. It would have been so easy to miss that strike but I was on full alert and ready.
Thankfully the line that connected me to that fish was up to the task. I was using VARIVAS Monster PE Si-X braid in the Japanese size 3 Gou (or about the equivalent of 52lb test) and 20lb VARIVAS Seabass Fluorocarbon Shock Leader. This setup has become my new standard for frog fishing and flipping/punching into heavy cover but this was it’s first real test. I’ve landed many largemouth in the 2-3lb class on this combo out of thick weeds but I had not yet tangled with a giant like this.
Brandon Brylinsky is a kayak fishing enthusiast and IT Accessibility Manager at Cornell University.