Pline Flouroclear And When To Re-Tie My Lures
Posted March 31 2012 - 08:50 PM
This evening, around 7pm I decided to go up to the local lake and try some late evening fishing for about an hour. I was killing them, I had 5 in about 30 minutes in the 2-3 pound range. I was using a crawfish colored red eye shad and they couldn't resist it. I have had the same red eye shad tied on my line for about a week and used it on the last fishing trip. My father caught a easy 5-6 pounder on it and I caught a few smaller ones. I had no issues what so ever. I did however snag a underwater tree and almost drug the entire tree onto the bank before my lure popped free. This evening, just as I was calling it quits, I hooked up with what might have been the biggest bass I have caught out of that body of water I was fishing. ( Community pond/lake whatever you want to call it ) Probably would have been over 6 pounds. However, I am using 15 pound fluoroclear, and my line just popped. I couldn't tell if it popped at the knot, or popped a few feet up from the knot. I use a knot that Grisby recommends for fluorocarbon, . Even though it isn't a true fluorocarbon line, i figured it couldn't hurt.
My first question would be.... how often to you guys re-tie your baits onto your line? Should I have taken bait off, trimmed some line, and re-tied it after snagging that tree? Perhaps it put too much stress on it which in turn caused it to break when I hooked that big fish a few days later. My second question would be, does anyone have any experience with pline fluorclear that has had any issues with it snapping or anything of that nature? I really like how the line performs on my bait casters but if it is a known issue I wouldn't risk it.
It could have just been bad luck, or completely my fault because I didn't think to re-tie my lure after putting all that stress on it. Anywho, thanks for your time and any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks guys!
Posted March 31 2012 - 09:50 PM
You also didn't mention if you checked the line periodically for abrasion. That could have been a big factor. Every 100 casts or after every fish I run the line between my thumb and pointer finger to feel for any abrasion or nicks in the line. If so, I re-tie.
I also retie after every trip, no matter what. I just have a pet peev about it, I think the knot gets kinda stale after drying and being exposed to alot of sunlight
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Posted April 01 2012 - 11:56 AM
fluorocarbon (especialy invisx) becomes brittle at the knot. I recommend retying atleast once per trip. Check your line alteast 2-4 feet up from the knot after every catch. Check for the slightest knick, fray, kink or whatever. If those things are present then retie. If not, then retie after you've caught 2 or 3 bass. It only takes 15 seconds to retie so do it.
x2 on this....also if you aren't careful when you tie the knot you can weaken up to 2 ft of the line...and I use to fish P-line CX and it was good for 2-6 trips then would break on dinks...I would personally change to a better line IMO
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