Capt George Gozdz wrote: »
Would us possibly showing the connections we use during "Reel Time Florida Sportsman" be something you guys want to see?
NauticalWheeler wrote: »
I use the Improved Albright with 7 wraps in each direction. There may be slimmer knots but it's strong.
Binder wrote: »
The show looks good on tv even though they are "repeats" and yes a run down of tackle and knots would be helpful. One question, why did you guys switch the intro(theme song) from what it was on the forum version?
Jack Hexter wrote: »
I have never had a knot problem with my guides. I tie a spider hitch
in the braid, and then tie a bristol knot to connect the fluoro or mono to the braid
I usually make the spider hitch with 6-7 wraps
Jack Hexter wrote: »
I usually make the bristol knot with 4 wraps
Mango Man wrote: »
Jack, do you shorten the length of the loop in the spider hitch when targeting larger offshore fish?
estero wrote: »
Nice tests and very interesting.
Breaking strength of the line or the knot in a slow pressure situation is not proof which line or knot is best.
Most all braided lines will test above their rated breaking strength in pounds. Some will be way over. If a knot breaks at 75% of the rated line then in most cases it will be above the rated line strength.
Not everyone ties knots the same or as good as you do. Many knots that I have seen fail were poorly tied or not correctly done.
It would be interesting to see how knots test with a quick snap or jerk like you are setting the hook or when a fish makes a quick run. It seems that is when most lines break. A nick or abrasion in the line will make a huge difference also. I doubt if many fishermen could even lift a 30 pound weight off the bottom in 30 feet of water using a rod and reel. Most could not lift a 5 lb weight with an inshore rod and reel. You would have to have a real broom stick. A 20,30 or 40 lb fish would be no problem if it were not providing any resistance or fighting in any way.
Keep up with your testing and try with line soaked in water for a while.
aquaholik wrote: »
I think some very well respected Australian fisherman who tuna fishes a lot did a very thorough shock strength test by subjecting the knot to high shock(sudden) load and concluded that the bimini knot is far superior to any single line PR or FG knot. That makes sense since the bimini in it's relaxed state has some built in shock absorption where as the other knot are taut and ready to go. I bet for mono, the australian plait knot is just as good if not better.
Nice to see the knot war finally testing line to leader knot. If 13lbs was the best that they got out of 14lb fireline then they have a long way to go. In my test 14lbs fireline has terrible knot strength but I was able to still manage 20lbs of force before it snaps. I got 15lbs of 8lbs fireline and 18 lbs out of 10lbs fireline. 14lbs fireline is much thicker but does not fare much better.
johnD wrote: »
#15 of drag is more than I can get out of my little Stradic or TDA.