Originally Posted by rchipbrown
I have three factory balistics: a 35, a 40 and a 35 interline. The vast majority of the time I use Tournament Basias on both 35's with 40lb or 55lb samurai braid. I have casted these rods/reels many thousands of times with 5-6 ozs in every type of surf condition. Depending on rig/bait and wind, 500ft can be a routine cast with this gear. I have never had "blow by" and, in fact, I don't even really know what that is. I have a z6000GT on the 40 with 70lb samurai braid and never had any issues with that set-up either.
I don't use shock leader. I can't imagine casting 5 ozs with 20lb braid with these rods. It would snap if you put any kind of muscle into the cast.
I have not measured how far the line intake point on the interline is from the reel stem. I think its further out.
My personal view is that the type of line has a lot more to do with blow-by problems than a few inches difference in the guide placement. The Samurai braid is miles ahead of any other braid.
Your Basias and your z6000GT have small diameter spools. It's possible, because they throw a small diameter line coil, that they are affected less by the close placed 20mm lowrider. I get the distinct feedback (sound, tactile, and visual observation) that my larger diameter spools (ie: Daiwa Saltist 6000 and Emblem Pro) are not responding well to the close spacing of the first guide and my cast is being reduced. I'm not having a problem with blowby/guide snaring.
I have quite a few other 13 foot spinning rods set up with @47" collector 20mm lowriders and I DON"T get the same casting loss impressions from them.
The only way to know if there are benefits to a change in the guide layout is to use two identical blanks that are each set up differently. Given that, it would take many casting sessions, many many casts, and an absence of personal bias to give the correct impressions. A few measured casts would not reveal the truth.
I would have to say I don't think there is a magic line that makes other issues go away. - HPD