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Old 10-16-2017, 09:30 PM
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At the end of the season, the last two days, I seemed to lose lures casting. I changed the line in the spring but it occurred to me perhaps I should be cutting back and retying the leader now and again to avoid losing expensive plugs.
What do you do or have to advise on this?
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Old 10-16-2017, 09:31 PM
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boring thread.... but I have been curiuos.
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Old 10-17-2017, 09:50 AM
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Run a Q-tip thru the rod guides , if any of the cotton gets hung up on the rod guide you will have a chip , splice in the guidevwhich will cut off the line . Lose presentations .

If your using a spinning reel check your reels line guide also.
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Old 10-17-2017, 01:40 PM
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I retie every trip. When I have been casting for a long time, I retie. If I have caught a lot of fish, I retie. If the line is hugely strong, as in conventional braid over 50 pound, I am not so fastidious about knot fear. Never, ever, fish any line past one season. I was just reading my old book, "The Trophy Striper". In it I have a section called, "Its the knot, Stupid." I don't like to push my books but that title was very popular and reprinted a number of times. Of course if you keep cutting line back, spool depletion will reduce your casting distance.
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I retie every trip. When I have been casting for a long time, I retie. If I have caught a lot of fish, I retie. If the line is hugely strong, as in conventional braid over 50 pound, I am not so fastidious about knot fear. Never, ever, fish any line past one season. I was just reading my old book, "The Trophy Striper". In it I have a section called, "Its the knot, Stupid." I don't like to push my books but that title was very popular and reprinted a number of times. Of course if you keep cutting line back, spool depletion will reduce your casting distance.
Well that settles it.. I read your books so no worries..push em... I just don't remember everything.. I'll re tie before I regret it.
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Bruce, how many bass do you want to get, only to throw them back. Even if you have a crappy line, just go easy and you will catch your ONE bass and go home.
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