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  1. #11
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    May 2012
    New York City

    Arrow Eagle and other line.

    Eagle Claw sold Bio-line,
    the only Bio-Degradable Monofilament.

    Bioline only came in a maximum of 10 pound test.

    There is some still in stores but I don't think it is made anymore.

    I am going to get some heavy braided waxed cotton thread
    to see if it can be used as biodegradable fishing line.
    A person might have to dry out such line in between uses.

    I have used mostly Ande and Berkley for years.

    And the only colors I buy are clear or green.
    I used to buy the Ande Pink because the party
    boats used it on the rental poles.

    I buy cheaper line but I change it out frequently.
    Also I don't change the whole reel.
    I keep heavy line at the core of all spools.
    So if I have a reel with twenty pound monofilament
    I keep 40 Lb at the first half of the line then a blood
    knot or what ever because I never get to the inside
    of my spool.

    Maybe if I was going for giant tuna
    off the continental

    I would need 2,500 yards of good Pound Test.

    The fishing line producer wants you to use all that line
    every time, when you only ever use the first hundred

    I used to flip my line on conventional reels, but you
    have to be on a boat underweigh. then tie off the
    end of your line to the rail.
    Use the pull of the water to take away everything
    from the spool...
    Once all your line is in the water, cut it off and re-tie
    the end from the rail to the base of the spool.
    Do not let it go!
    Reel up, your line is straight and the part you use is like new.
    That is a lot of work.

    The best way I change out the old line when I get a used reel
    Especially if you have no idea when the line is from.
    Strip out all the old line,
    Put the supply spool in a bucket of clean water.
    Then thread it through a short rod and tie on to the
    reel. Use something new & thicker than
    the main line for the reel filler.

    When the reel is half full tie a blood knot with your regular
    mono and reel up, pinching the line for good tension.
    The action of the water in the bucket prevents bad spin.

    Now... I have a tough time using braid.
    I am always getting tangled.

    I should try again when I am by myself.
    The stuff is so thin, you get to the bottom faster.
    Also the lower stretch helps with feeling the bite.
    You just have to really keep track of it or TANGLE, Tangle, tangle ..................

    I have only just recently started buying the florocarbon
    for leader...I do like the way it feels and ties.
    Last edited by coopie; 09-16-2016 at 07:41 PM.

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    Default Circle Hooks - Less Lethal Fiishing

    I have been using #2/0 offset circle hooks for my blackfishing,
    with no lost fish. As far as I guess.
    The circle hook I use for black-fishing

    The circle hook is designed to reduce gut hooked fish.
    I have been trying some more environmentally friendly tackle.
    The circle hook is working for me.

    My friend the tackle shop guy said the circle hook sets itself.
    It is true, I was using a king-fish rig with
    circle hooks and they hooked themselves.
    Awesome fishing that day.

    I stopped using regular "J" hooks on fluke when I killed a 12 inch fish
    with a favorite fluke rig that had a long shank hook and a rubber squid.

    English Bend hooks are better suited to fluke fishing. I don't think
    I have had too many of those deeply swallowed by fish.
    You can get it out of a bluefish jaw or dogfish mouth well enough

    The job of the hook is to fit the bait,
    hook the fish well and to be removable too.

    On winter flounder hooks they used to use a long shank
    which holds more worm well and is good for extracting the hook.
    BUT they would go deep inside a fish sometimes.

    Also hooks for snapper blues are sometimes made with a
    long shank to keep fingers away from the sharp little teeth.

    Best fishing practice matches the hook to the target species.

    Lets face it sometimes you don't know what is going to bite
    If the poor fish is too big and going to snap your line
    then have the hook stuck in him until it rusts...
    You have done wrong.

    At least we can try to have the lost hook only
    stuck in the mouth of the poor creature.
    I would hate to have a hook stuck in my stomach

    One more thing.
    Please use a diamond jig with no treble hook.
    The treble hook is sometimes fatal to the fish.
    If you are good,
    you should want the simplicity of a single hook.
    It's better to un-hook the fish more quickly and
    get back in the water for more catching.
    Last edited by coopie; 07-28-2016 at 11:23 PM.

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    Exclamation Old School Hook Remover

    For the usual fish we get on the reef,
    rocks, beach or party-boat...
    rental skiff....
    small stuff.
    Sea-Robins, Bergalls and other throwbacks
    We need the Old School Hook Remover

    I had seen it used on the party boats.
    A skiff rental guy implored me to try it
    and now it is the only way for me.
    It is bad fishing to leave the hook in a fish
    or to rip the guts out of a short.
    You leave the fish for the birds or crabs to eat.
    That is a waste.
    On my latest morning blackfishing trip in New Jersey
    I only used circle hooks and released all my shorties
    with little harm using the hook remover.

    While the fish is hanging from your line
    just slide the wire hook part down towards
    the hook in the fish.
    Make it so the remover is hooked
    against your hook in the fish.
    Flip it so the weight of the fish is on
    the remover.

    Bounce the fish so it's weight pops
    it off the barb and your fish is in
    the bucket... or in the water again.
    Is a website about saving the poor fish's life
    check them out...W0W!

    Look at this video it shows the method.
    Last edited by coopie; 09-29-2016 at 05:30 AM.

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    Lightbulb Braided cotton for fishing

    Biodegradable fishing line.
    fishing line is so harmful to wildlife.
    Why not try something less destructive.
    Maybe not for everything. But I get hooked
    on the rocks or submerged pilings all the time.
    I can't always control where a line will break.
    Sometimes a fishing line breaks and you can't
    say what happens at the other end.

    I am going to try braided cotton line for fishing.
    Before mono and dacron fishermen used linen
    thread. Only thread is a twisted or laid type.
    That would work on conventional reels, but
    on a spinning reel the rotation would eat
    up any string, twine, thread or line.

    The Maine thread company sells
    waxed braided cotton cord.

    The sizes are

    0.5 mm. 19 lbs

    0.1 mm. 26 lbs

    1.5 mm. 35 lbs

    2.0 mm. 56 lbs

    This must be dried out between uses.

    To take the cord off the reel and
    dry it on a roll of paper towels.
    Lots of work.
    First the salt should be rinsed off.
    Also I would keep a heavy mono backing line
    under the cotton braid.

    Could a swivel and a long mono leader
    be good for me?

    I would use this .5 mm cotton braid
    on conventional and spinning reels.

    The small spools are 100 meters long.
    how many times can I fish with a roll
    of cotton. I don't know.

    There are some good colors.
    Ocean blues, sky blue or dark green.

    What is the best?

    And what knots to use?

    Will the larger diameter
    add so much drag to make
    it impossible for me to fish?

    This is a cliff-hanger
    because I have to order the
    string and go try it for a season.
    Last edited by coopie; 08-09-2016 at 11:40 PM.

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    Post I got a hook stuck in my arm!

    I was fishing for tautog on a rock jetty and my line was stuck
    in the rocks so I shifted to one side and pulled hard.
    WELL ... the rig came up at me and
    I got hooked in the arm/wrist
    with one of my circle hooks.

    This never happened to me before. The hook went into my skin past the barb.
    I did not freak out and the pain was not too bad.
    I first cut away the pole but the sinker then tugged on the hook.
    Ouch that hurt some. Then I cut away the 3 Oz. weight.
    I didn't have the courage to push the hook through to expose the barb.
    Now my arm started swelling - my blood all on the crab bait too.
    I crushed off the crab and used the old school hook remover to pull the hook out.
    Not too much more pain, I used the ice from my bait bucket for the swelling.

    I ought to be more careful.

    Last edited by coopie; 09-18-2016 at 05:09 PM.

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