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Braided line is finnicky

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Ok so I just started using braided line and I must say that I really like it.  However, I am having a bit of an issue.

I went for Black Bass for a couple of hours before work the other day and missed my first two fish because of weak hook sets.  When I set the hook, my line just sheared right out of my reel.  I tightened my drag down pretty good, then I landed a 5 1/2 pound fighter who gave me a run as I fought with my reel.

No matter how much I tighten my drag, my line slips on my reel.  I have my drag tightened all the way, and I can pull out line no problem.  As you can imagine this is pretty frustrating when you've got a fish on.

What can I do here?

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Welcome aboard!

The reason your line is slipping is because it is "slipping" around the spool. You need to start over with a few yards of mono or copolymer to cover the spool and connect the lines with a blood knot. Another way to secure the line to the spool is with a little tape.

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Gotcha, that's exactly what I was looking for, I was about to machine a hole through my spool(not really, but it was getting frustrating).

Thanks for your help, much appreciated.

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Once you get it secure, make sure you take your time re-spooling.  After its re-spooled, tie a heavy weight the end and then, if you have the room, let you line out (not in a pile, but walk backwards).  once almost all of the line is out, reel it in slowly with tension and make sure it goes on the spool evenly.

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