Seaguar Denny Brauer Flippin’ Braid and Fluorocarbon

New Braid and Fluorocarbon from Seaguar

If you know me, it doesn’t take much to get me excited about new gear. This is especially true when one of my favourite brands solves a problem facing numerous skinny water bass anglers. I’m talking about a new signature series of fishing line made specifically for flippin’, pitchin’, and punchin’ from Seaguar.

Black out = Lights Out

Seaguar Flippin Braided Fishing Line

Seaguar Flippin’ Braided Fishing Line

So, since about the time braided line hit the mainstream, bass anglers fishing in the junk have been using a permanent marker to black out the last couple feet of line. Gear companies have even created their own line of permanent black markers for exactly this purpose. The idea being that blacking out the line when you are fishing shade will decrease the chance of fish being line shy.

Well, why haven’t the line manufacturers just produced black braid?

Enter Seaguar with the solution. The Seaguar Denny Brauer Flippin’ series of braided line is black; so no more markers and re-applying to your line as it fades through use or break-offs. So, you take Seaguar’s already fantastic braid (I’ve been using Kanzen for quite some time) and then turn the lights out for a killer product targeting the shallow water angler.

Fluorocarbon line you say?

Seaguar Flipping Fluorocarbon

Seaguar Flippin’ Fluorocarbon Fishing Line

Yes, yet another line of fluorocarbon from Seaguar, who in my opinion already makes the absolute best fluoro going already. This line boasts super

abrasion resistance when fishing in the junk, and I have it on good authority that it live up to it’s name. FLW Gator League Pro Tim Zdrazil says to me on Twitter:  “Fished a whole day practice after roughing the 30lb flouro early on sawgrass(aptly named btw) caught 8 in junk w/out prob”

So, my recommendation: Run out and grab some of this line while you can, as I bet it flies off the shelves in short order.

A note for my Canadian pals; this line won’t be available in Canada for a little while yet, however, you can order it through Tackle Warehouse or Bass Pro Shops in the U.S.

Private Members Bill C-246 – The Storm before the Calm

Private Members Bill C-246 is freaking out the fishing community like nothing I have ever seen.

Let me begin by saying: I am not a lawyer.

However, I have taken law courses in school, so I have a working knowledge of how these things typically go.

Let’s look at some interesting facts:

  • In 2010 there were approximately 3.2 Million Resident Adult anglers (2015 numbers not yet released)
  • In 2010 Anglers spent 2.5 Billion dollars on  recreational fishing
  • There is a massive ecosystem of business tied directly to recreational fishing from enforcement to goods and services
  • There is a huge amount of tax dollars to be lost by outright banning sport fishing

Based on these facts alone, there is absolutely no way the Canadian Government would enact a law that would destroy the sport fishing industry. Moreover, it is clear to me, that this is not in any way the point or goal of this law, or that of the member who introduced it.

This is the statement of intent from the representative Nathaniel Erskine-Smith about Private Members Bill C-246:

“The bill addresses three specific and achievable goals. First, it aims to end the cruel practice of shark finning by banning the importation of shark fins. Second, it aims to strengthen and modernize our Criminal Code, from closing loopholes related to animal fighting to introducing a gross negligence offence for animal cruelty, as proposed by former Liberal governments, through the hon. Anne McLellan and Irwin Cotler. Third, it aims to ban the sale of cat and dog fur in Canada and to require source fur labelling.”

This brings me to analysis of the law, and some basic facts:

  • Private Member Bills are rarely, if ever, enacted into law
  • Laws themselves are always up to interpretation; typically laws will need an initial ruling to set a precedent for enforcement
  • This bill does not pertain to the laws set forth for Hunting and Fishing; those are a separate set of laws altogether
  • The Bill also cites “kills an animal without lawful excuse”; it can easily be interpreted that Hunting and Fishing is already mandated as legal activities.

So, in short, while I recognize that ambiguous phrases and terms are a reason for concern; such as:

182.‍1 (1) Everyone commits an offence who, wilfully or recklessly,
(a) causes or, being the owner, permits to be caused unnecessary pain, suffering or injury to an animal;

It is important to understand that law must be interpreted in it’s entirety and not just through one clause or statement. In many cases, laws cannot contradict other laws, and when they do, it is for a judge to interpret the meaning and intent of those laws as a whole.

My friend Steve had this excellent contrast for this very issue:

” I think that’s the part throwing people off, the “kills animal without lawful excuse” is now on it’s own line but it still protects you from being charged with any of the other provisions.

Like in the highway traffic act it states:

Highway Traffic Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. H.8
170. (1) No person shall park, stand or stop a vehicle on a roadway

So everyone who stops at a redlight or stop sign is breaking the law? Well, if you look further down the act you get this:

136. (1) Every driver or street car operator approaching a stop sign at an intersection,

(a) shall stop his or her vehicle or street car at
a marked stop line or, if none, then immediately before entering the
nearest crosswalk or, if none, then immediately before entering the

While I certainly recognize why folks would be stirred by this, and I applaud the efforts of everyone in the fishing community to rally against such a potentially damaging bill, I think that we needn’t worry so much about this legislation being passed, much less manipulated to end lawful hunting and fishing. Private Members Bill C-246 has good intentions, and would still see many changes and re-writes before ever being enacted into law.

With that being said, if you are still concerned about this bill, be sure to contact your local MP to express your concern. It can’t do any harm.

Keep your rod bent!

Cliff Van Kempen

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