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Spin fishing: Avoiding mistakes at spin fishing

You wait years for the "fish of your life" and then the moment of truth has arrived! But because of a careless mistake the fish is lost!

Unfortunaly this is a regular case and often it is one's own fault if the fish is lost. The reason therefore is the bad combination of the tackle and the montage. Often good fish are lost when spin fishing. But if you realize the flaws beforehand and act accordingly, then the stakes rise to catch a really large fish.

One of the main problems is the line. Braided lines are the trend at the moment. The advantage of braided lines is that they can carry an enormous weight in relation to their diameter. But this lifting capacity can deceive, because the weakest link in the chain is the knot. What matters if you have a braided line which can carry 10kg, but the knot can carry only half of it. Some knots are more suitable for braided lines than monofilament. One of the best knots is the grinner knot. It can carry about 90% of the lifting capacity of the line.

The safest joint which has nearly a 100% lifting capacity is the knotless joint. You only have to be careful, if you land the fish and reach for the line that the knotless joint does not hurt you.

Braided lines have a long durability. The first 2-3 metres are more stressed than the rest of the line. Therefore it is useful to control the line before fishing and cut off a bit if necessary.

Another weakness is the rig. Depending on the fish and the fishing conditions, several kinds can be used. The rig must fit to the fish. Steel rigs are mostly used for predatory fish, because there is no better protection against the sharp teeth of a pike. Basically the steel should not be too weak.

Steel rigs have several flaws. Ready made rigs should be tested with a pulling test. Often the data of the lifting capacity is wrong and only tested rigs should be used.

If you want to play safe, build your own rig. You need five things: material for the rig, clamp sleeves, swivels, snaps and - a good plier. The material of the rig should be cut to the right length (between 50cm and 70cm) and the swivel as well as the snap are fixed with camp sleeves. The fixing with sleeves is the safest method. The wire is put through the sleeve and after the rig or swivel is fixed, the wire is put back through the sleeve. The end of the wire is turned over and sqeezed. So you have a 100% security for the wire.

The greatest flaw of the rig is the snap. Many fish are lost because of a deformed snap!

A good snap should allow a quick changing of lures. It should consist of good stainless steel and therefore should have a safe fastener. That sounds simple, but in reality this is often not the case. The locks differ in quality. The best locks are the duo lock (or safe lock) or the sovic (scandic) lock.

The duo lock can open on both sides. For changing the lure only the larger side is needed and therefore the smaller side must be secured. It happens regulary that the small side opens by accident while changing the lure. With a plier the small side is squeezed and cannot be opened anymore.

The sovic lock is a very reliable snap and has just one small flaw - it is difficult to adjust some lures, because one side is very flat. You can open it slightly with a plier, so that the lure is better adjusted. It should not be overdone, because the snap still has to close.

The constant changing of the lure stresses the snap a lot. The wire is bent all the time and therefore is also much used. The resilience is lost and the hanger is easily opened. So the hanger should be changed regulary.

Another flaw is the tangling of the rig with the main line while casting. The line is twisted at the upper sleeve and if it is not recognized, you go on casting - but this mistake will lead directly to losing fish, because the sleeve is so sharp. A small piece of silicone over the upper sleeve can help, so the line will keep hanging.

Bits and pieces like rigs and hooks must be adjusted to the fish. Rusty and blunt treble hooks should be changed regulary. Who does not take it seriously, will catch less fish. Sharp and "sticky" treble hooks get better into the fish and for the fish it is more difficult to get rid of them.

By the way, who does not want to have broken fingernails, should use a split ring plier. Treble hooks can easily be changed. Casting for hours is normal when spin fishing and for having fun and not becoming exhausted, you need a light rod. Light in weight, yet "hard" in action. Depending on the size of the lure or the fish, the rod should be hard, so that it is lifted easily and the lure gets the right speed.

Old and heavy rods which might be flabby should be changed into new and steady rods.

Discovering a flaw of the material and not eliminating it, one should not be surprised to lose fish - especially large fish take advantage of every flaw.

That is the reason why potential flaws should be eliminated before fishing to have more success when fishing.

Good luck and have fun! Yours truly

Guido Jubelt

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