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  1. OK, you guys have convinced me as a noobie with no experience that a little 10lb mono backing is safest. The video Jig It posted talks about the wraps of mono, because of its stretch, actually grips the spool arbor in addition to just relying on the friction of a knot. Thanks for the feedback and advice!
  2. Anyone had success with no slippage tying braid over a taped arbor?
  3. Wow that's a lot of reels! I was actually wondering if anyone ever used it inside the reel to relube it. It works wonders on car locks in a very salty environment. EDIT: With remote keyfobs frozen car door locks are not so much an issue any more. EDIT2: Sorry Scoobydoo, I wasn't clear in my original title that I meant inside.
  4. Many of you are familiar with Fluid Film as undercoating, but for a variety of tasks it is a great alternative to using WD-40. In the short term WD-40 can be a real help, but in the long term it may not work out so well. That's because WD-40 is hygroscopic and will attract moisture that will result in rust. Fluid Film on the other hand is a lubricant, rust inhibitor, and water displacer without the problems of WD-40. Years ago a friend who works at an auto parts supply store gave me a little spray can of Fluid Film to use on my car's door locks. Here in Atlantic Canada, Winter is hell on vehicles particularly in cities where they salt the roads to melt/prevent ice like where I live. Even using little bottles of lock deicer will only keep locks working for a short time. Anyway, Fluid Film is a miracle worker on locks and a multitude of other items you want coated and lubed for smooth operation. It's listed as solvent free, non hazardous, acceptable for use in food plants, not water soluble, resists water washout, etc. I have no experience how Fluid Film might work inside saltwater fishing reels but I suspect there are a few people out there that have tried it. It would be interesting to find out what results it had on their reels. (BTW I have no affiliation or connection of any sort with either the WD-40 or Fluid Film manufacturers, distributors or retailers.)
  5. There appears to be a few variations in the way electrical tape is applied: 1 - One or two layers of tape wrapped around the arbor of the bare spool with a knot of mono or braid tied on top of the tape. 2 - Alternately the knot is tied to the arbor and the tape is applied directly over the knot. 3 - Or a backing layer of mono of a few layers (or many layers to save braid) is wound onto the spool then tape may be applied over the mono before braid is added. If the tape and knot combination of #1 is a no-slip solution, then there would be no need to add any mono backing at all.
  6. I've noticed on YouTube that there are a few videos using knots other than the arbor knot for securely tying braid to the "bare" un-taped arbor of a spool. One was called the 2-5 knot the others seem to be a uni knot with several wraps around the arbor. Have you tried any of these "braid-to-spool" knots and how did they work out?
  7. When I was in my 20s I lived in Inverness, Cape Breton for a few years and was readily accepted by the locals which, according to my first wife who was from there, was rather unusual. As it goes in that neck of the woods, I ended up spending the afternoon and evening in the Legion with friends. Earlier in the day someone had given me a rabbit they had snared so throughout the day and evening I had managed to hold onto the rabbit in a paper bag. After closing the Legion our little group went down the road to someone's weenie little house (cabin/cottage, whatever) and continued to drink. By the wee hours of the morning I was getting really hungry and remembered the rabbit I had been toting around all day. Growing up my father showed me how to clean and skin a rabbit without a knife and at that time I was rather proud that I could do that. So having demonstrated my woodland skills LOL, I proceeded to fry up this rabbit. I want to tell you, it was the most tender and flavourful rabbit I ever had - tenderized no doubt from being ragged about all day long. (EDIT: Doesn't quite match your buddy having small game roadkill in the middle of a party.) My step-son tells me that the Annapolis River isn't doing well for striped bass at the moment, on the other hand, the Shubenacadie River has been doing really good the last while. I got interested in fishing a little late in the year plus it's now just starting to drop below freezing at night; I'll be all set comet he Spring. Once I get line on the spools I'll head to a sports field to try my hand at casting. After that it's figuring out lures and tackle and the pre-tied leaders that you mention.
  8. All your replies have been a great help! On my 10' rod I'll use 40lb instead of 20lb braid as the main line and eliminate the shock leader altogether. I'll only add a few layers of mono backing if needed and fill the spool with braid.
  9. A Mainlander was driving down the highway and he ran over a rabbit. Wondering what had happened, he stopped his car and got out to look. As he is standing there, looking at the dead rabbit, a Newfie drives by. The Newfie, wondering if he can help, stops and asks the Mainlander what's up. Mainlander: "I'm here visiting your fair province and I seem to have killed one of your land rodents." Newfie looks down and sees the dead rabbit. Newfie: "No problem, b'y. Hang'er down a few." Newfie goes to his truck and returns with an aerosol spray can. He empties the spray over the rabbit. He then chucks the empty can into the ditch and sez "There ya go, me son. Enjoy yer stay." He gets in his truck and is gone. The rabbit gets up, hops 10 feet towards the woods, turns around and waves, hops 10 feet, turns around and waves, hops 10 feet and he's gone into the woods. The Mainlander was astounded!! Wondering what the Newfie did, he got the can out of the ditch and read the label, which said: "Hair spray. Guaranteed to bring dead hair back to life with a permanent wave"
  10. The max rating for my 10' rod is 5oz. So if I cast 5oz using 20lb braided main line on a spinning reel, you feel that there is no need for a shock leader at all?
  11. For surfcasters: Do you use a monofilament shock leader? Do you use a couple of rod lengths? If not, what length? What weight compared to your main line? The normal reference for the shock leader on a baitcasting reel is 10 lb test for every 1oz of weight being cast. If your using a spinning reel rather than a baitcasting reel, can you reduce the weight of the shock leader? For example, instead of a 50lbs shock leader on a baitcaster can you go down to 40lbs or less on a spinning reel?
  12. Visiting my step-son in the Valley, 2.5 hours from where I live. He convinced me not to bother backing the reels with mono, instead fill the whole spool with braid and just cut off whatever length eventually becomes worn.
  13. My understanding is that along the Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia we are subject to the cold Labrador Current from the north which pushes the warm Gulf Stream from the south away from the NS coast so that the varieties of available fish drops dramatically. With that in mind the main species I would be looking to catch here would be Striped Bass. EDIT1: Yes the Valley in Nova Scotia. Probably mostly lures. I'll read that top posting again. EDIT2: Isn't the shock leader also for safety to be able to cast heavy weights to get a good long cast without snapping the main line? EDIT3: Am I correct that if the main line was mono there would be less of a need for the shock leader, but with braid because there would be no stretch at all the shock leader is used?
  14. I had pre-ordered PENN Pursuit IV reels but purchased the Quantum Reliance reels instead when I came across some good reviews, they had multiple water seals, and their cost was only $5-10 more. Hmmm, with what I have indicated above there would only be one knot that goes through the rod guides (assuming the backing never sees the light of day), so don't you still need to have a single swivel somewhere before the rig/lure/hook to prevent twisting? Then wouldn't the only other alternative to less knots would be to remove the shock leader altogether? EDIT: which would eliminate one knot.
  15. I’m new to this forum. Last time I fished it was for trout in Turtle Creek NB when I was in grade school in the 60’s. I’ve been retired for many years and recently discovered that both my brother-in-law in NB and son-in-law in the Valley (NS) fish in tidal waters of both beaches and rivers. This peaked my interest in Surfcasting and have been madly reading and watching YouTube videos to get the inside track on what one needs to Surf Fish since I know almost nothing about fishing in general. Even staying within just Surfcasting I found there is a wide range of what people use and recommend for gear. I went with gear I thought would handle most situations and with the lowest cost brand name models. This is what I ended up with for my wife and I: One 8’ PENN Squadron III surf rod, 2 piece, line rating 12-20lb, lure rating 3/4-3oz, medium power mated with a Quantum Reliance REL40XPT reel, 260/30 braid, 285/10 mono, 6.0:1 gear ratio, 25lb drag. One 10’ PENN Squadron III surf rod, 2 piece, line rating 15-30lb, lure rating 1-5oz, medium heavy power mated with a Quantum Reliance REL55XPT reel, 255/50 braid, 315/14 mono, 5.6:1 gear ratio, 35lb drag. Again, middle of the road line weight I choose to use 20lb test braided line. I found one video that emphasized using a shock leader for safety indicating using at least 10 pounds of line weight for every ounce of casting weight (e.g. 5ozweight = 50lb shock leader). Surf fishers recommended having enough main line on the spool to be able to cast 100-150 yds with extra for the fish to run so 150 sounded good to me. That means to save money the rest of the spool can be backed with low cost mono. Since I have no easy way to ascertain how much 150 yds will be, looking at the reel’s line ratings I thought splitting the spool up roughly half and half should work. I have yet to add line to the reels, but this next paragraph covers what I see happening. (I’ve been practicing 5 main knots.) Reel Setup: First half of spool is wound with 10lb mono for backing. The mono backing is attached to the spool using an Arbor Knot. Attached to the mono backing using a Double Uni Knot is 20lb braid wound to fill the last half of spool to within 1/8” of its edge. With another Double Uni Knot two rod lengths of 50lb mono shock leader is attached to the braid and a swivel or swivel snap is tied to the end with the Improved Clinch Knot. Finally a short 50lb Fluorocarbon rig leader is attached to the swivel or swivel snap of the shock leader using the Improved Clinch or a Nonslip Mono Loop Knot. Have I got it right? Anyone see anything I have messed up, missed or should be aware of?