Thanks you sir for the detailed and in depth development process of the new Innovate. You obviously have put a tremendous amount of mental and physical effort into its creation.
I thought you might have to create a whole new rod to use multiple tip sections with. It would be convenient, though, to say the least. On a Pulley Ridge trip, for example, you could use one tip for deep water and another for on top of the ridge with lighter jigs. I can dream, can't I? Maybe this could be another project between you and Temple Reef? BTW, I tried the Wolverine Triple Split Rings that you mentioned in one of your seminars and they are sweet!! I also own Owner, Decoy and Spro split rings but the Wolverines are all I'll probably use from now on. Perhaps you'll share more secrets like this for the rest of us, maybe a slow pitch "top gear" thread or something like that in the future, or maybe I'll start one and hope you'll contribute to it.The honest answer is I don't know. I've thought about that idea - having an interchangeable tip section. But, as a practical use, I don't know if it would work. The action of the rod is primarily in the tip portion. However, as a result of different actions, the male end tends to have slightly different diameter which may not allow them to pair.
Benny, can you write more about your line selection and drag setting?The reels are Accurate Valiant 500n with a factory long-arm. I primarily use 30lb 8-strand J-braid when I jig, and the 500n holds approximately 500yards.
I don't focus on the stated breaking strength of the line, but rather the actual breaking strength that we've achieved through testing. Bigcountry1969 is correct. The breaking strength of 30lb J-Braid 8 Strand is about 46lbs, give or take. I'll fish somewhere around 12-15lbs of drag at strike usually, and rely heavily on the reel's precision lever to increase or decrease drag as needed - and always relying on an educated thumb when needed.Benny, can you write more about your line selection and drag setting?
With 30# line, I would have set the drag to 9#. I'm inferring that you're using closer to the 30# the Valiant 500n actually outputs. Did I get that right?
What are you doing to keep the fish from breaking the line? Your 50# AJ should have been big enough.
30# braid is an optimal choice but knot tying skill is what separates the successful. That knot between the braid and the leader is the most difficult in fishing. The strongest and slimmest join knot is the PR knot. Tied correctly it is a 90-100% knot The FG knot runs a close second. In the early days of spectra that inherent difficulty has been the root cause of anglers upping their braid strength to absurd levels. Anglers kept breaking that join knot,,, so to compensate they kept increasing braid strength until their
sub par knots stop beaking. That thinking still pervades today. See guys all the time using 60-80 spectra to fish for 25 lb Yellow Tails.
So to do the math Mr. Benny's 15# of drag is still a good amount below what could safely be applied. 50% of 44lbs is 22#, drags set at 22 would still have , say 15# of overhead for protection. Could run 30 in an emergency but would guess that would very rarely ever be necessary. This depends of course on the ABS of the leader material used.
Have been testing knots and lines since 2004 and the above suggestion has proven itself many times.
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