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02-10-2015 03:13 PM
Opry99er Thanks for the invite Steve. I'd love to give it a shot. It IS a saltwater reel... Might need to rethink my line and tackle though.
02-10-2015 11:42 AM
redleader As for the reel attachment, it appears you are missing the safety clamp that fastens to the pole, I see part of it is on the reel. Not absolutely necessary but most larger reels have them.
I'm telling you bring that rig to AK and try it out on a 100lb Halibut..
02-10-2015 11:15 AM
Opry99er half the hook is buried inside a big pink school eraser. Don't sweat if, bro... "Relax"...
I'm not gonna kill any squirrels
02-10-2015 11:05 AM
rvinson FYI: Be careful not to hook a stick tree or whatever on your back swing....... Worst birds nest EVER!! Dont ask how i know.....
02-10-2015 11:02 AM
ronco You are really practicing casting with a hook tied, on in your yard, seriously
02-10-2015 08:44 AM
Opry99er I moved the tag of the wire tie....

Had a couple learning experiences last night.

Decided to go ahead and rig up my reel. I learned that braid is extremely slick, especially on casting reels.

Spooled all 150 yards of 65# PLine onto the reel... Decided it was time to test the drag and bait clicker out. To my surprise, the line freespooled even with locked down drag... The levelwind eye did not move either. My first thought was "$#!#, I broke it." Then I got to looking closer... The spool was not spinning, but all my line was...

So.... I UNSPOOLED 150 yards of braid and tied on some mono backing... Re-spooled 30 yards of braid and did the test again. (see... I got smarter there).

Same result.

Unspooled the whole thing again, added some electrical tape backing onto the bare spool and tried again... The tape did the trick, giving the line something to "bite" on to.

Finished spooling the 150 yards, put on a 3oz no-roll flat slip sinker, a bead, tied on a 100# barrel swivel, added some 50# Trilene Big Game leader, then tied on my brand new super sharp 7/0 Gamakatsu Octopus Circle hook.

Then learned another lesson.

Took the rig outside to practice casting. Now casting a small Pfluger baitcasting reel on a 6' light rod is quite a bit different than chucking a giant rig with a 3 oz weight on the end... I was not totally prepared for it. First cast was good... About 40 yards, but I narrowly missed a backlash... Thumbed it just at the right time. So I tightened the free spool drag a pinch to avoid the backlash on my next cast. Well, I was not prepared for that extra tension. Casting 3/4 style (which I normally do) is great at free spool or using a spinning outfit.... But on this big rig with extra tension, not so much. The added tension caused my normally fluid forward cast to hook viciously to the left, since I'm right handed, and my 3 oz sinker slammed right into the back of my Explorer, narrowly missing the rear window.

So.... I tried a few more casts with the increased tension, but at a full overhead line and it did well, but I could not get used to that casting motion. Went back to full free spool at 3/4, but was much more careful with my thumbing... Kept good tension on the spool the whole way through. This seemed to work best.

Wasn't going for distance, but did manage a very nice 60-70 yard cast, straight as an arrow and no backlash.

I learned a few things tonight, and it didn't cost me much.

Ready for blues and flatties now... I could pull a golf cart off the bottom of a lake with this rig.

02-08-2015 08:15 AM
Oyey Def move that thing, I thought the same thing when I saw it...

I would also suggest rubber stretch tape it will be a nicer finished product.
02-07-2015 10:37 PM
Opry99er Interesting thought... Hand ripping sounds pretty sh*tty. Think I'll do that when I get home tonight.

And thanks for the balloon suggestion, tl1000r. I didn't have a balloon, so I thought tape might have a similar effect... It does.
02-07-2015 10:35 PM
coloradojaguar Just a sugestion I would move the lock on the sip tie next to the reel because when you go to set the hook you are going to possably rip your hand open on it.
02-07-2015 06:47 PM
Opry99er Thanks Tony...

Was able to get it nice and snug.

1 roll electrical tape
1 wire tie

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