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Old 08-11-2010, 10:34 AM
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Default cast offs

I am having trouble finding the right balance between the line test (20LB) and the weight of the lure (diamond rig) - too heavy of a lure casts off quickly, too light doesn't get the lure past the breaks. Any suggestions?
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Old 08-11-2010, 10:45 PM
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Default Re: cast offs

By cast off do you mean you are breaking the line on the cast?

If so then you need a shockleader which is a heavier length of line that takes the stress of the cast.

A shocker runs from the lure at the drop you use, (distance from the tip at the beginning of the cast), down the rod and 5 to 8 wraps around the reel.

Some questions first; braid or mono, spinning or conventional gear, if conventional levelwind or no?
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Old 08-12-2010, 12:47 AM
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Thank you - this is super helpful. I use mono with a spinning reel. So you'd attached the shocker to the main line with a knot or with a barrel swivel? Also - how big of a difference between lines are we talking about? Should it be a 30lb shocker on a 20lb line? Many thanks again!
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Old 08-12-2010, 07:53 AM
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It doesn't sound like you would have a break with 20# mono. You likely won't see great casting performance with monofilament on a spinning reel.

You could try finding something more aero dynamic, maybe 1 once jigs with pork rind, tin lures, or a pencil popper from Gibbs lures. You only need around 1 to 1.5 ounce jigs. bigger isn't always better.

This is just me, but you might try using braided line. I like power pro, other guys don't. If you DO go with braid, you would probably want to put on about enough fluorocarbon line to make 5 or so wraps around your spool. You can join fluorocarbon to braid with a modified albright knot.

Braid line can be finicky; it's recomended that the line be saturated with water (put it in a pale) and be spooled on very tightly. Upon casting and retrieving, try to keep the line tight, and avoid reeling in loose coils of it otherwise you can get the line tangled up in the first guide (the stripper guide) and snap / break off. Braid is great for sensitivity and casting distance, but it's not perfect. Search it up on it on this site!

Another trick I wouldn't recomend is messing with the stripper guide. You could get a new size 50 fuji off the web (if you're gona stick with monofilament). Experiment by positioning it on the rod so that it tames the line coming off the spool more, and doesn't slap the rod. Just use tape at first on the guide feet. Find where you get the best distance by experimenting at a football field or something. Move the guide around and observe. Once you get it, align it carefully, wrap some heavy sewing string around the feet, and liberally super glue it on.

OK, so I rambled on . . .
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