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  1. Yes I am aware a conventional would cast slightly further but I already have a good spinning rod so I just upgraded my reel. I have a casting trigger and honestly its not necessary with 80lb braid anyway because of how thick the braid is I never get cut. In the near future ill be trying 50lb mainline to a shock leader just for the hell of it
  2. J braid x8. .43mm diameter. Ill be using 50lb in the future as well. Its for White Sturgeon fishing. Im sure itll already cast 100 yards as I was getting 50+ yards before with an old school spinning reel and 130lb braid
  3. Ok well I will unspool it down the beach and try reeling it in again just to see, maybe I'll remove the washer entirely just to see what it does, can always put it back. Is it okay to run it without the washer?. I'll try your idea of turning the spool every 5 cranks. Do you guys mean turn the spool to wrap more line or to pull line off the spool 1/4 - 1/2 a turn every 5 turns of the handle? I'll test cast a bit and if I get a wind knot well I'll cut that extra line off, haha. You don't wanna know, it's 80lb braid :P. Will be throwing 8nbait basically
  4. Got a penn spinfisher vi7500lc. Spooled it under moderately heavy tension. Is this line lay acceptable? This isnt enough to take a spool washer out and replace with a half size washer is it? It came with an extra half thick washer.
  5. Here is one of the two popular setups which I use. Currently 80lb braid mainline. The leader from the hook is 150lb dacron (It's actually 80lb in the pic because I am out of 150lb right now) with a uni to uni knot to a 3 inch section of 60lb mono so that if I snag bottom with the hook I will break at the 60lb mono before the three way swivel. The three way swivel is rated for 75lbs. Then 80lb mono to the 20oz wedge sinker with a snap swivel rated for 60lb that bends out if the weight snags bottom. Dacron leader is very important as it is extremely abrasion resistant and very thick while still being soft. It's rare to have the dacron break on a fish but it'll often be beaten up bad after landing a Sturgeon. The wedge weights are good because they are made locally and are dirt cheap, plus the shape holds bottom in the mud well. The other rig people use is a sliding bottom rig (see below) but I find they tangle more often than the three way swivel method. The only way your method of 50lb mainline to 100lb+ shock leader would work is if I order clip on sinkers and tie in weak links of 30lb mono to the setup. 30lb mono on the sinker and also tie in 30lb mono behind the dacron hook leader so that those 30lb mono would break before my 50lb mainline. So this sounds kind of neat but nobody sells those clip on weights up here in Canada and I'd have to import them for an arm and a leg, and import them regularly as I will be losing them.
  6. I actually ordered one of those casting triggers when I got my Penn Spinfisher VI 7500 LC. I haven't been able to use any of it yet.. I badly sprain my ankle am stuck in crutches for a few weeks but once I am healed I can't wait to mess around with all these new ideas and new toys... I would be into using 50lb braid or even 65lb braid for better distance and capacity but I am worried about snagging the bottom. It happens a lot... especially when trying new spots out where I don't know the bottom yet. There are submerged trees, stumps and steep drop off mud shelfs in the muddy river bottom. If you snag bottom how do you break off without your mainline snapping (the 50lb braid) if it is lighter than the rest of the setup? I had an idea of using 65lb braid mainline, a 5 foot long 80lb mono leader for abrasion (usually the first 5 feet or so takes a beating), and then a 6 inch 50lb mono to the weight so it can break off if the weight gets stuck? Those breakaway sinkers look cool and would probably work. We often use pyramid shaped sinkers for the same reason. And awesome video.. reminds me of Sturgeon fishing for sure! You should see some of the fights.. guys use jet boats to target and land the 8 to 14 foot long ones.. fight can be an hour! Wouldn't want to hook those from shore lol
  7. It's not as bad as you make it sound but we're also not getting the distance you're talking about. People generally use 200+ yards of 80-150lb braid on the spinning reel as these are massive Sturgeon and the diameter of these thick braids helps with abrasion resistance, and I am guessing the thick diameter braid also doesn't cut fingers like the thinner braid you guys use for surf/casting in fields. I don't know, or I am just used to casting big weights now and don't mind the braid on my finger with big lead. People don't use mono or shock leaders here, just straight braid on a large spinning reel. I see a lot of Penn Battle II 5000 + size reels being used and they hold up well hauling on those big weights, though most people generally don't throw more than 12 oz sinker. I will try this back cast sometime. I use overhead cast generally. I do wonder if what you say is true about wearing out the long cast reels.. I picked up a Penn Spinfisher VI 7500 LC. It's supposedly got CNC brass gears so I am hoping it won't wear out retrieving about 12-16 oz on average. I will try the back cast for fun sometime, generally I do overhead cast
  8. Ill be trying a few of these knots for sure. I use 80lb dacron leader to my hook for abrasion resistence as well and was wonder.. if i run a three way swivel ratef 75lb, 5 inches of 80lb mono, a uni to uni knot (90% line strength), to 80lb dacron and finally a hook with bait. Do you think if my hook snagged bottom that my setup would break at thr uni to uni knot since its 90% rated strength? If not I may buy some 60 or 70 lb mono just to tie in small section for break offs on bottom
  9. Another Patagonia guy here - the Swiftcurrent expedition front zip waders are amazing. In the pacific north west fishing rivers we do a lot of hiking through brutal bushes and need waders that can hold up. It's all Simms or Patagonia up here for the hardcore guys as the other brands just don't stand up. I've heard good things about Orvis and some smaller US brands but they're difficult to deal with shipping, duties, and warranty. I haven't had a chance to try Simms but I know for a fact from my friends that own g4/g4z that Patagonia has much better customer service and warranty. I burn through waders walking around 400 to 600 miles a year on foot in them and after 1-2 years of that many miles I usually get a hole rubbed through the neoprene bootie(inevitable on any waders walking that many miles). I take em to my local Patagonia store, they ship them in for repair for free, I get them repaired or replaced and shipped back to my house for free. Amazing people over there at Patagucci. Sometimes it takes them 4-8 weeks to repair/replace ever since Covid but that's fine. I bought a 2nd pair to rotate out during repair ever year or two. Cheers!
  10. If you damaged the line while tugging then yes. If all you did was pull to near breaking strength to synch your knot down then you should be fine. You can google and find that most knots actually do weaken the line by a %. Google knot strength chart. If you didn't already know
  11. I actually found that keeping the line too tight or too lose while applying the half hitches made a bad knot, and there was a sweet spot for how much tension where I kept the line taught but not super tight. I was using very light line when I used this knot though. Like 20lb braid to 15lb fluoro.
  12. Thanks for all the replies guys! There's tons of good information here for me to work with. You have me thinking about how much distance I am going to lose by using the 80lb mono shock/abrasion leader. I wonder if I kept the length to 5 feet or so if I would still lose a lot of distance. It would be a little difficult (or at least require me to learn a different type of cast) if I were to leave 5 feet of mono leader, a 12 oz sinker, and a few foot leader to bait hanging out of the rod tip so that it's only braid going through the guides, but I think I could manage it. There's not always a lot of room on the river bank for 20 feet of swing lol. I haven't bought the reel yet, and the Ugly stick is an old rod of mine. I have been looking around at the conventional route as well. I am left handed with my retrieve which does limit what conventional reels I can use. I love my smaller round reels (Abu and Daiwa Luna), so I at least have an idea of what I would want for a revolving spool. The problem I have is finding a conventional rod that I would want.. Ugly Stick used to make a rod rated for throwing up to 24oz and ideally I would be using something like that. From my search it seems there's only a few rods around over 10 feet long rated to throw at best 16 oz, and from what I read even those rods don't handle that much weight very well for distance..
  13. Lots of good ideas so far! I want the 80lb mono leader not only for distance but for abrasion resistance. 5 feet is good but realistically probably 30 feet of line is touching the bottom in the Fraser river from shore and although most of it is mud there is mud shelfts and random trees/rocks down there too, which is why I wanted to try 80lb mono knot to knot. Most guys around here from shore run straight braid 80lb + but i notice that doing so the braid takes a beating and every day fishing you cut off 5 feet of it because its all fuzzy and frayed...
  14. I will be using a 12 foot Ugly stik spinning rod rated up to 12 oz (I've thrown up to 24oz with it and it won't break the rod, but the rod loses more and more loading ability the more weight I cast over it's rating), and a long cast Penn spinfisher vi 7500lc spinning reel. Fishing for giant Sturgeon (can reach 1000lb+, but most from shore under 400lb). I haven't used knot to knot for heavy setups yet.. I use uni to uni or FG for very light fishing. I have no idea what knot to use for such thick line to line, and that is why I am asking.