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PostPosted: Wed Aug 17, 2011 3:19 pm Reply with quote
Art Weston
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Nuanced question I know, but IF a peacock bass was able to get you down to the spool knot (i.e. if a monster hits at the end of your cast), would you want your line to break off or try to fight it with a strong spool knot?

With the use of heavy braid, even an Arbor Knot could have a decent breaking strength, but if your spool has holes to tie to, you could tie a powerful knot.

If you assume, even at world record levels, that you are dealing with up to a 30lb fish, COULD you hold on to your pole and reel if he got you down to the knot? Obviously it could cause some serious issues (i.e. damage spool alignment, break the rod, straightened hooks, etc.) ... so that is why I am asking ... just let the line break with a weak knot (maybe even weaker than an Arbor Knot) or hold on for dear life??

Just to give this some perspective, I suspect the use of 80lb Power Pro braid is a commonly used line ... it has a absolute breaking strength of 125 lbs ... I might assume something else would fail before that line would break just based on pull force (vs. running up against structure, etc.).
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 18, 2011 6:08 pm Reply with quote
Dan Hanon
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If this scenario ever occurs in real life, you are totally screwed regardless of what knot you use. Line might break at knot, hook straighten out, rod break, etc. I personally tie a Uni to the spool, but this isn't based on any research of breaking strength.
Here is the ultimate spool connection 
PostPosted: Sun Aug 28, 2011 2:50 pm Reply with quote
Art Weston
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For those that want to hang on for dear life if spooled, this is the spool connection for you. It will also take care of concerns about braided line slipping around the spool (so no more mono backing or tape needed).

Step 1. Start with a looped knot or connection (the weakest would be a surgeon's loop, then a bimini, to the strongest being a spliced loop in hollow braid).

Step 2. Put the loop through the reel eye towards the spool.

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Step 3. Turn the loop around facing the reel eye and go through one on the spool holes (this assumes your spool has holes). Tip here is bend a little curve in your line before you go into the hole ... that way it has an easier time making it back out.

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Step 4. Feed the loop back out the reel eye (took me a while to figure that out)

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Step 5. Open up the loop and put the entire reel through the loop hole.

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Step 6. Pull the line and it will feed back through the eye and a secure connection will be made.

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The spool holes do have some sharp edges, so I would suspect the line will break below its norm, but it will for sure be better than an arbor or other knot.

Good luck and if you are about to be spooled, be warned ... make sure you have a good grip on your reel and hopefully your reel seat was nice a tight. Let go if you have to ... not worth getting hurt if a 300 lb piraiba has your lure!

-Art
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