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Offline ppaauull0

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Lesson of the day!
« on: August 14, 2011, 02:17:18 pm »
Today I lost a big striper, atleast as big as the one I got yesterday, and all because I didn't periodicaly check my line for nicks, cuts or abrassions. The fish hit and as I put pressure on it the line parted. On inspection is was badly chaffed, probably due to the abrasive bottom. Don't let the fish of a lifetime get away, check your line every cast!

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Re: Lesson of the day!
« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2011, 05:32:16 pm »
Great tip dude!! So true. Sorry to hear you lost a big one. Keep on them buddy!!

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Re: Lesson of the day!
« Reply #2 on: November 01, 2011, 09:54:47 am »
I learned the hard way this past summer as well, Paul. I lost a nice salmon, all because I was lazy and didn't think that "wind knot" would actulally give way to the line. WRONG-O!

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Re: Lesson of the day!
« Reply #3 on: November 01, 2011, 12:50:56 pm »
it happens to us all i`m sad to say. and it never seems to happen on a small fish! i try to check my line at least after every landed striper and anytime i change my gear. and any time i think about it. my fishing buddy lost one in the 40lb range this year from just a few nicks on the line and was not pleased...
they also slash the line with their gill plates by rolling in the line and love to rub it on rocks on the bottom - mussels are nasty on line. what are you running for line/leader? in the yak i will run as low as 17lb but have been running 20 and 30lb this year. from shore i run 30lb, some times with 40lb or better leader 3-6`long, all mono or copalamar. my bait rigs go up from 40 to 100lb, mostly using the 60lb. as a result i end up spooling on more main line a few times a season. for braid i normally recomend 65lb or better for stripers, still with a mono leader

the oddest case of this i bumped into was using silver thread copalamar, a  fair inexpensive line but an early copalamar. once, with the feds taking flash pictures from the bushes, i landed (with help!) a 18lb striper with the last 25`of line shreaded like spagetti!! i have never seen anything like it. the outer sheath of floro had shattered and was now many strands. after the first few feet it wouldn`t go through the end guide on the rod! i backed up, held the rod has high as possible and a friend walked into the water and kicked-pushed it up on shore, all the time being blinded by the flashes...! it was pure luck to get it landed, from then on i started checking my line way way more often.

it`s the time of year to get the big ones again, so maybe his big brother will nail your bait next!
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