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Old 05-27-2013, 12:29 PM   #1
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I've been surf fishing for 10 plus years with 7 and 8ft rods. I few years back I bought a 13ft rod to use and ended up using it twice. I ended up putting it out by the curb for someone to drive by and get before the garbage took it. haha

The problem was, when I cast, the increased line speed would slice my "trigger" finger as I released the line. If I fish for several days in a rod, my 8ft rods will end up cutting me, but the 13ft will cut me on the first or second cast.

Anybody got a cure for this? I would like to move back up to a 12 or 13 footer for the distance...

I tried wearing a thin glove once, but the saltwater made it very irritating and the glove ended up cut as well.
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I'd say just barely hold the line against the rod as you cast. I've never had a problem casting like that.
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I'd say just barely hold the line against the rod as you cast. I've never had a problem casting like that.
Yeah, I figured that. I hold it as lightly and as far toward the tip as I can and still hang on to the weight. The more weight I use the bigger the problem. I usually only use 2 or 3oz.
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Maybe try releasing a little earlier.
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a band aid on the end of your finger might work. it'scheap enough you could put a new one on every twenty mins if needed
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a band aid on the end of your finger might work. it'scheap enough you could put a new one on every twenty mins if needed
This might be worth a shot. Good idea.

As for releasing earlier... That will result in the bait going in too high of an arc and thus reducing casting distance.


I just found this thread on another forum. It is mostly talking about braid causing the cuts, but I get it with mono too.
http://pierandsurf.com/fishing-forum...h-braided-line


In that thread, they talk about one of these. Anyone ever used one?
http://video.search.yahoo.com/video/...p-t-621-s&tt=b
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get a breakaway cannon.

i wouldn't expect much info here on long distance casting or using rods (of any value) over 9ft. these guys wade out to chest deep water and sling bait 30 yards to get to the fish. standing on the beach and hitting passed the first bar, sometimes even hitting the second is unheard of around here. i always think its funny when guys wade out and cast pomp rigs and i stand on shore and put my shark bait past where they cast.

for spinning rods use the cannon. if you really want to hit distance get a conventional.

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Thanks. I had not seen a Cannon until I made the post right above yours.

Distance casting is a big deal to me. I have an odd OCD. I HATE getting wet with saltwater! What a horrible OCD for a saltwater fisherman. hahaha I just hate the stickiness and sand. With the 13ft rod and a pendulum cast, I can get in the 100yd range, but at the expense of my finger. Where I fish, that will get me over the second bar from the beach
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i'll put 6-8oz and a hand size chunk of whiting or mullet about 80yards with a hatteras cast. using one of my lighter rigs and casting just fleas or shrimp, 100-110 no problem.

when shark fishing, getting wet is un avoidable but anything else, there is no reason.
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when shark fishing, getting wet is un avoidable but anything else, there is no reason.
I agree!

I was looking around at casting techniques and found that the world record cast is 313 YARDS!!! Bet it wasn't 6-8oz with a big ol chunk of bonita! haha
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