ROVEX D8:DEPTH FINDER REVIEW
Dave Magner field tested Rovex’s new D8 Depth Finder Braid and he believes it has a lot to offer switched on anglers who want to know exactly where their lure is at all times.
TRIED AND TESTED
A bit over a month ago DINGA Online kindly supplied me with a spool of their 20 pound Rovex D8 Depth Finder Braid to try out. Upon receiving the line, I spooled it onto a new Shimano Nasci spin reel which I had just purchased. Right from the start it seemed like a nice match, as the Nasci’s compact 5000 size spool accommodated the entire 270 metres of braid perfectly.
Since loading it onto the reel, I’ve mainly used this line to cast metal lures at Tuna and Mackerel, however it has also been used for some light jigging and a couple of short trolling sessions. Having given the line a bit of a workout on some pretty solid fish over the last couple of trips, I’m happy to report back on how it performed.
Firstly, the multi-coloured finish. Well, compared to regular, single coloured braid it certainly looks a little different on your reel. I’ve quickly become accustomed to its kaleidoscopic colour scheme however and have found the colour markers quite helpful in a number of situations.
The most obvious use for it is when jigging offshore. By simply counting the colours as the line feeds out, it’s pretty easy to work out how deep your lure is and whether you are getting to the bottom or not.
I’ve even found this feature useful when trolling, as I can keep track of how far behind the boat my lure is. This is especially handy when trolling a number of lures at the same time, as it allows you to accurately stagger them at set distances behind the boat to avoid tangles.
As for the characteristics of the line itself, well it certainly is nice and thin for 20-pound braid as it has a diameter of just 0.23mm. While I’m not one hundred percent sure it’s the thinnest line on the market it’s certainly up there. I’ve let a few of my mates have a go with it and several of them have commented about how fine and soft the braid feels in the hand.
In use, it casts quite well. Being so thin it has less drag through the guides and it almost leaps off the spool. In general use, I’d say my average casting distance has increased enough to be noticeable. When casting at skittish schools of pelagics busting up on the surface, every metre counts, so it has received a big plus in that area from me.
It’s also proven to be a pretty user friendly line. Whether it’s the round profile or not is hard to tell, but it does seem to resist digging in, even under the pretty serious drag settings which were needed on those barrel chested tuna. Despite its soft and limp feel, it has also has proven to be less prone to wind knots than some of the other braid I have used.
I should also add that it ties a small, neat knot which snugs down nice and tight. Connections between the braid and my fluorocarbon leaders have given no issues at all.
Due to the timeframe involved, I can’t really comment on how colour fast the line will be. I haven’t noticed any real fading yet, so I’d presume it will last a fair while. In general, I’d say it has coped with some pretty torrid spin sessions very nicely and looks to be a strong, reliable line.
WHO IS IT FOR
If you are into offshore fishing, then this line is for you. Whether you are dropping a bait, a jig or soft plastic, you will find it much easier to get your lure to the desired depth. I’d also say that it lighter breaking strains, it would be a great line for chasing schools of bass in impoundments. With this you will be able to confidently put your lure in front of suspended fish and keep it there.
Rovex’s D8 braid has proven to be a reliable, good quality braid. The colour coded sections make it easy to monitor and control where your lure is at. It knots and handles well and casts beautifully. The fact that you can pick up a 300m spool from Dinga for under $50 makes it great value for money.
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