CHECK YOUR GUIDES
mystery popping of power pro is usually caused by worn or fractured guides on your rod.
take a q-tip or cotton ball and run it through each guide on your rod (both directions), where the cotton hangs up and gets caught is where you have a problem guide.
replace it and your power pro popping problems are done.
as for those who have tried and hate the braided lines, i suggest you give it another try.
there are great advantages to the braided line, but there is a small learning curve to master in using them.
most of the above complaints i have read are based on inexperience with using the line. once you get used to it, you will love it.
as for how good the line is, most pin hooking crews switched over to braided lines years ago and never looked back, makes a BIG difference in anything over 50 feet.
don't ignore it, learn how to use it and your catch rate will improve dramitically with bottom fishing.