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  1. #11
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    Post Biodegradable Cotton Line

    I ordered Cotton fishing line from the
    Maine Thread Company last year.
    I finally had a chance to compare regular 20 pound mono
    and the cotton from the Maine Thread Company.
    There are lots of good nautical colors.

    The sizes are

    0.5 mm. 19 lbs

    0.1 mm. 26 lbs

    1.5 mm. 35 lbs

    2.0 mm. 56 lbs

    First I tried the cotton line on kingfish from
    the shore. It worked ok but I couldn't fish too
    well, this was a very windy day at the beach.

    Then, at home I took the spool off the reel
    and rinsed the line in fresh water. Winding
    the line off the spool onto a wooden box
    to let it dry. It worked, the line was dry
    the next day.
    I reeled the line back onto my reel also fine.

    There should be a special drying spool like an
    oatmeal box. I should make something.

    Now, a side by side comparison.
    I went fishing on the beach on a sunny day at
    the end of June. Windy with a strong tide running.
    I fished for blues with 4 Oz diamond diamond jigs.
    2 similar 10 foot rods, both with Diawa BG60 reels

    One reel with .5 mm Maine thread company
    waxed braided cotton cord.

    The other reel with 20 pound Berkley
    Trilene Big Game Mono.

    The waxed cord does not tie the same way as monofilament
    I had some trouble making the improved clinch knot.

    You have to keep your first loop open with a
    pinkie there is no stiffness in the cotton.

    After tying on my swivel I tugged on
    the cotton line and my fluorocarbon leader.
    The result seems as tough a the twenty pound mono.

    When wet, the natural fiber looks much darker,
    so I would order a lighter color next time.

    I fished with the braided cotton and
    my jig was getting hits by the blues.

    So I kept casting. There is more resistance
    from the line guides and reel with the cotton.
    Also more pull from the wind and more pull
    against the tide with this line.
    It is not a surprise but it is a lot.

    But I was hooking the bluefish today.
    I always have this here, I hook a fish
    and they get off before I can land them.

    I didn't want to give up on the pole with the
    cotton line because I kept on getting bites.

    Then, I got tired and switched poles.
    To the monofilament set-up.

    I still couldn't catch a bluefish.
    They hit my lure and escaped
    before I could beach the fish.


    These blues stopped biting so I switched both
    cotton and monofilament set-ups to bait
    fishing rigs for kingfish. I usually use a 3 Oz sinker on this rig
    in this spot. I had to use a 4 oz to hold bottom on the cotton line.
    There were absolutely no kingfish or anything like that biting today.


    The cotton ties well enough once you get used to it.
    Predictably there is friction with this line.
    The washing out and drying is a big job.
    The larger diameter makes cotton slightly harder to fish with.
    More drag in the wind and water.

    The Braided Waxed Cord comes in many colors
    I am willing to try more experiments.
    There is more friction in this line than monofilament
    and the line diameter is a lot bigger.

    It is possible that the way to a good biodegradable
    fishing alternative is in the leader material.
    Using cotton cord for the main line is a challenge.

    I was thinking of cotton leader or steel leader
    (non stainless so it would rust away).

    Fishing line is deadly when it is lost in the water.
    Birds and mammals are choked and mutilated by
    our lost and discarded line. Less lethal biodegradable
    fishing line should be a part of future fishing.
    Last edited by coopie; 08-30-2017 at 01:24 PM.

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    This is true about those fishing lines killing innocent animals, even those fishing net, and tons trash.

  3. #13
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    Yes, Kendall45:

    It is a sad fact, some fishermen are pigs
    when it comes to leaving garbage, or
    tackle in the water.

    When I am looking for a shore fishing spot,
    I check for fisherman's junk like hook pack
    ages, bait containers & beer bottles.

    Welcome to

    Last edited by coopie; 08-11-2017 at 10:18 PM.

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    Post Spinning Reel Repair Old Diawa or New Penn

    Spinning Reel Repair
    I had been shore fishing one day and
    both my spinning reels were hard to work.
    a little tough to turn over and start winding.

    So next day I had time to lube both reels.
    A Penn Captiva and 1 older Diawa
    BG 60.

    I took both apart to clean and lube.
    The Diawa

    was dirty inside and needed
    lube in the upper and lower section.

    Some cleaning and some oil and it was good as new.
    I have had this reel apart before and it is easy to work on.
    I like the big chunky wooded handle. I have 2 BG 60s.

    Mikes Reel Repair has parts for this reel
    and schematic diagrams free online.

    Then I took apart the newer Penn Captiva.

    This is a Chinese model and wow it is
    harder to work on. The screws are sheet
    metal screws not machine screws.
    The whole reel is plastic, then when I took apart the bail
    assembly, a spring sent a key piece flying and I could not find it.

    I am not working on this one.

    The bail is bent and I have all ready glued
    a decorative plastic piece back on.
    I just don't have the patience to fix a plastic
    fishing reel right now.

    Also the Captiva is not made in this size anymore.
    Last edited by coopie; 08-05-2017 at 12:01 AM.

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    Default Floating Plugs - Make or Repair?

    I wrote about the Diawa SP Minnow and
    how it caught fish for me in the Spring.

    Well I busted 2 of them up pretty good.
    This plug was lost on a piling
    at my back bay spot for a week.

    I was able to go out at low tide and retrieve it
    W0W is it worn out!

    I broke the lip on the rocks
    ruinning the swimming action.
    I transferred the lip from the old one to the fresher lure.
    That held on for about 2 casts.

    Once I hit the bottom the
    transferred lip was gone.

    As I have time I will try to repair these cool plugs.

    You can "Print" a lure on a 3-D Printer

    My friend made a plastic bodied swimming plug
    with his 3-D printer.
    is the website... But you have to have a 3-D printer.

    He made a 4 inch floating lure with a lip in the front and BBs inside.
    He is not really a fisherman so he should make me one too.

    Also I saw a You tube video
    "How to Make a Fishing Lure
    from a Paint-Brush Handle"

    There are lots of DIY fishing lures on you tube.

    I guess, like tying flies, making your own lures
    is the very serious fisherman's pastime.

    Repair photos to follow
    Last edited by coopie; 08-30-2017 at 01:05 PM.

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    Lightbulb How to repair a swimming plug

    I broke the lip from 2 of my
    favorite Diawa SP Minows.

    The clear plastic "Lip" on the front of the Super Pro Minnow is fragile.
    I have tried repairing one by making a replacement lip from a piece of galvanized metal.

    The broken lure & a piece of pipe strap.

    This added weight in the front may sink this plug.
    This new lip is slightly larger than the original, it is heavier for sure.
    I think this will not float any more. I plan to screw this to the head
    of the minnow with a sheet-metal screw.

    I want to try some thinner metal on the next one.
    A pop top would be good.
    If I could find something with the old fashioned pull ring pop top.
    Last edited by coopie; 08-16-2017 at 10:27 PM.

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    Question Screw Head Lure / Will it float?

    How does it look with a
    screw head on top ?

    Will it float?

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    Thumbs down Does not FLoat

    The frankenstein minnow doesn't float.
    It pulls to one side and swims only a little.

    Diawa's Super Pro design is balanced, sophisticated.
    My hack job does not do it right.
    Last edited by coopie; 08-31-2017 at 05:40 PM.

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    Lightbulb How to Convert a Casting Rod to a Spinning Rod

    I wanted to fix this old
    fiberglass five foot boat rod
    and convert it for spinning

    Never having done any repair except for
    rod tip replacement I was un-sure about the
    whole wrapping with thread thing.

    I did some research , there is a
    forum about rod building and repair.
    is a good resource.

    If you really want to do this correctly there
    is a rod dryer that rotates the rod at 9 rpm.
    The glue does not pool up on one side.

    The rotating rod dryer can be used to wrap the
    thread onto the blank or other rotating vise/jig
    can be used.

    I found out the rod builders sometimes use
    5 minute epoxy to hold the thread and clear
    coat the rod.

    To convert a casting rod
    to spinning you have to
    change the line guides.

    First I cut off the old casting line guides,
    just cut the old wrapping away.
    I kept the tip guide. I like the old type all
    metal one that is on here.
    Then I sanded away all the old lacquer
    until the fiberglass started to splinter.
    also I sanded the wood part of the handle.

    I spaced out the guides like another 5
    foot spinning rod I have. I think the weight is
    properly distributed to the length of the rod.
    Also I tried to see how the line will pay out
    while casting.

    I just used the green cotton thread from
    my biodegradable fishing line project.
    I bought replacement line guides from E-Bay.

    Tying and wrapping the thread is fun, I could
    do better next time. I started and ended each
    section with a clove hitch there must be a
    better way to hide the end.

    I got a package of Devcon epoxy and a
    disposable brush. While spinning the rod
    I painted on the epoxy...
    This is so satisfying
    and the way the epoxy goes on
    so thick and clear is amazing.
    Don't work the epoxy too long as it starts
    to thicken just let it dry.

    I sprayed the rod with some spray
    lacquer on the raw fiberglass and
    the wood of the handle.

    Look at my rod now, it is quite
    home-made but I like it.
    The old blank is the right stiffness
    for my tautog fishing.

    I had no issue with the reel mounting.
    I think this kind of boat rod has
    the same reel seat for spinning or casting.

    I will post an update when I go
    fishing with my new conversion.
    Last edited by coopie; 08-26-2017 at 10:23 AM.

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    Exclamation Conversion Rod works fine

    My converted boat rod works quite well.
    I used it from the shore bouncing weights
    in rocks.
    Getting stuck, casting, and landing
    a tiny seabass

    I noticed that I treat these line guides more gently
    now that I have worked so hard on them.

    I will never use my bungee cord right on the eyes again,
    I will not hang the rod by the line guides anymore.
    Last edited by coopie; 08-30-2017 at 01:17 PM.

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