‘Hoax’ call rings true for P-Line
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Stefano Pucci, President of P-Line, thought the phone call from a friend telling him he had just won ICAST’s best new line award was a hoax.
And even when he received a picture of the big screen at the awards night announcing his Tactical Fluorocarbon as the winner, he was not convinced.
“I was back at my hotel because I was taking a customer to dinner,” he explained. “I thought it was someone having a joke. It took a while before I was convinced that we had won.”
P-Line was founded by Stefano’s father, who immigrated to the US in the early Sixties. He began selling line a few years later and established the company in 1982, becoming the country’s first supplier of copolymer lines.
Pucci built a reputation for small diameter lines when most other line producers were making large diameter products. Today the Japanese-made lines have a strong pedigree among both fresh and saltwater anglers and it is not the first time the brand has been among the awards at ICAST.
Nevertheless, winning a category populated by so many big and powerful brands can be considered a significant achievement by the company from Brisbane, California.
“Tactical Fluorocarbon has all the characteristics of a quality fluorocarbon without the memory,” said Don Newman, VP Sales and Marketing.
“Flourocarbon inherently has more memory because it is three times as dense as mono, but Tactical is extruded with a little more stretch to relax the line and make it softer. It’s not an easy process to achieve.”
The line has also been commended for its clarity and for the way it doesn’t transfer light, making it virtually invisible. It will be available from early September.