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X8 J BRAID
By Pat Langevad
Hunting & Fishing New Zealand, Botamy
Hunting & Fishing New Zealand, Botany
aiwa J Braid has been a huge success worldwide and also inis more horizontally aligned and straight line pulling strength becomes
higher because each fibre is pulling in the same direction. However, this
There is no doubt that braid has dramatically changed horizontal alignment of pitch means the braid is weak against abrasion. If
one strand is damaged, then each of the remaining strands has to support
New Zealand for a number of years.
the way we fish, with next to no stretch, greater casting
distances and bite detection feel
more weight over a longer pitch length.
If the pitch of the fibre is short, it becomes stronger against snaps,
happy with the characteristics of the product; however Daiwa has gone up friction and knots. A shorter pitch length is supporting each individual
fibre more often, so even if one strand breaks, each of the remaining
Exclusive to Hunting & Fishing New Zealand, DaiwaJ-Braid Grand is strands have less overall length which they will need to support the extra
tension. With the shorter pitch and tighter weave, it takes 1.5 times longer
to produce J-Braid Grand than other brands, and the finished product is far
The benchmark was set pretty high with J-Braid X8 and anglers are
another level with the introduction of J-Braid Grand.
Japanese-made with a new material called IZANAS. This round profile
eight-carrier braid is stronger,smoother and four times more
resistant than other braided lines.
Most of the time braided lines break because of damage to the line.
This can be from fraying, cutting, knots and heat. Braided line strength
depends on the individual pitch length of each fibre within the braid
weave. J-Braid Grand pitch is short (0.74-0.97mm), whereas most otherSlow jig Stick bait. Jigging
braids have a long pitch length. Long pitch length means the fibre inside
Diameters versus breaking strains to note:
Freshwater. Soft bait.
o. 28mm-30lb. 0.36mm#50lb. 0.43mm-80lb.
I was able to test DaiwaJ-Braid Grand on a two-day trip to the Barrier
On Nautilus Charters, along with others from the Hunting & Fishing New
Zealand team, including Dave Scott from the North Shore store and Mike
Davis from Rotorua. Adam Clancey from the TV show Fishy Business also
jumped on board, as this was a great opportunity to film some segments
for his show
strength for longer periods of time which ultimately will help you catch
Oliver David, from Ballinger's Hunting &Fishing New Zealand
Christchurch, has been testing it in freshwater and says: "This has to be
one of the smoothest, most sensitive, roundest braids I have used to date.
When casting ultra-light jig heads this will be my go-to braid from now on.
In demanding conditions why try the rest when you can use the best?"
The weather was a bit unkind, however we caught plenty of fish
predominantly casting soft baits into the wash and slow jigging some
deeper reefs. I found J-Braid Grand a pleasure to use. It cast exceptionally BECOME A J-BRAID TACKLE TESTER
well, was strong and had good abrasion resistance
Mike Davis says:"I was very impressed with its ability to effortlessly Right? Now that someone can be you.
cast time after time and not lose its shape after prolonged use. I liked
its rounder profile and smooth surface compared to other brands on the
market. J-Braid Grand will help you cast further. It will retain its shape and
Testfiring the latest fishing gear is dirty work but someone has to do it!
Check out the J-Braid Grand testfiring offer that
we and Daiwa are partnering-see details opposite
on page 81.
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