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My braided line and hook testing device is up and running! 
PostPosted: Sun Aug 28, 2011 8:18 am Reply with quote
Art Weston
Joined: 17 Jan 2011
Posts: 238
Location: United States
I have to give a tremendous amount of credit to my new Australian mate Paulus (PaulusJustFishing.com) for inspiring me to enter the testing world (to benefit the Peacock Bass community) and my good friend and neighbor Brian who worked for days helping me construct the testing box with full safety measures (wood and plexiglass lids). You don't want 80lb braid breaking at full force hitting you in face, etc. (some brands break at over 125 lbs). Not to mention a lead jig head flying towards you after the hook straightens.

I do not have the same equipment or the full capabilities as Paulus (he is the master), but I can test my own samples with reasonable accuracy and even test hooks (and swivels, splint rings, etc). I have sent Paulus line samples whose results I have compared to my testing to make sure I am in the ball park (which I am).

I also have solved for one of the biggest issues in line testing ... which is you need to have each side of the line able to bear 100% of its breaking strength. You can't tie it off at each end with traditional knots b/c with braid that knot connection will break well below the absolute breaking strength (ABS) of the line. I even purchased a bimini twist tool from Paulus to see if I can tie 100% loops, but I am not gifted enough to tie biminis correctly (mine look great, but my knots all break well below 100% ABS).

In addition to testing any knot's strength, I can test both solid braid line, hollow braid, and some mono and fluorocarbon (I do have some line stretching limitations). I also can only borderline test braided lines of 80lb+ level ... my equipment only has a stated capacity of 110lbs of load. I will do my best, but will likely send Paulus any testing in those realms so I don't break my digital force gauge, etc.

So what is my secret? I'll hold on to that for the moment, but I am sure I will reveal it at some point. However, some of my future posts will contain hints.

Here are the photos of the testing box:

http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/199/20110828002.jpg/

http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/703/20110828006.jpg/

http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/593/20110828007.jpg/

http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/13/20110828008.jpg/

More to come!

-Art
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