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    Braid on surf/rock setup ?

    Hey fishos, some advice pls

    I have braid on my softbait rod / spinning reel, and it is awesome. Casts further and super sensitive for feeling bites/knocks.

    Question is : worth looking at converting my larger coffee-grinder reels to braid for surf casting and rock fishing ? Currently spooled with line that feels like a bugy cord compared to the braid

    Online there's all kinds of horror stories about fingers being sliced open by braid when casting larger weight rigs. Is that just an issue when you hold the line against the rod when casting with a spinning reel ? I've never used a conventional / overhead reel, but it doesn't look like there would be that much chance of slicing a finger with those ?
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    i found braid to be hotter when feathering the spool so adjusting tension was a bit more critical on the spool and I use a air cannon for casting so don't have to hold line for casting with either type anymore.

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    Braid with a leader FG knotted on, gives your finger something to hold when casting and a bit of abrasion resistance in the rocks/surf.
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    Quote Originally Posted by berg243 View Post
    i found braid to be hotter when feathering the spool so adjusting tension was a bit more critical on the spool and I use a air cannon for casting so don't have to hold line for casting with either type anymore.
    Got any pics/a how to on the aircannon?
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    one of my boys made it for me out of scrap pvc pressure pipe . air chamber and ball valve are 50mm then stepped down to 32mm for barrel .the pipe is rated for over 100psi .we just use a bike pump to charge up then wad a bit of newspaper down the barrel with a broom handle then load sinker and 1 baited hook . still experimenting with it but it will shoot spuds about 200m .once we get it perfected we are going to make mini burley bombs and freeze to same diameter as barrel.it shoots the sinker further than I can cast ( useless caster that I am ) just make sure hands are behind the reel for initial blast as line is coming off fairly quickly then just watch out for over runs with overhead reels egg beaters are fine.hardest thing is keeping it steady while trying to open valve as fast as possible. an accurate air pressure gauge is needed if you want pinpoint casting I don't bother .
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    https://www.ebay.com/itm/9-Liter-BEA...-/232487131220

    These are great, just a bit expensive. Nz retailer wants $400 odd dollars for them. However, the trigger trips super fast, and a spare barrel could be made real cheap to make and easy to swap, as it's threaded on.
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    Looks the part. What caliber,twist rate .....
    Cobber had one made of stainless with a bbq igniter in it. A couple of squirts of Wella hairspray and push the button. Used to fire polystyrene cups full of frozen water 300ish m, they also went through tin walls......apperently.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oraki View Post
    Looks the part. What caliber,twist rate .....
    Cobber had one made of stainless with a bbq igniter in it. A couple of squirts of Wella hairspray and push the button. Used to fire polystyrene cups full of frozen water 300ish m, they also went through tin walls......apperently.
    I made a steel one a while back. Would fire a frozen onion through both sides of a wheelie bin
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    this one a bit safer as you only use compressed from a bike pump. I use one that you put your feet on the base to hold it steady that way no large explosion from someone overcharging fuel mixture.Name:  IMGP0013.JPG
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    Quote Originally Posted by berg243 View Post
    this one a bit safer as you only use compressed from a bike pump. I use one that you put your feet on the base to hold it steady that way no large explosion from someone overcharging fuel mixture.Attachment 101945
    It's not like gunpowder, it doesn't 'create' its own oxygen- google stoicometric ratio. Overcharge will result in less pressure or even no bang.
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    Quote Originally Posted by veitnamcam View Post
    Braid with a leader FG knotted on, gives your finger something to hold when casting and a bit of abrasion resistance in the rocks/surf.
    Yep, about 8-10m of 60lb mono ahead of the braid allows finger-saving casting without lowering your BC much
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    I have braid then the FG knot then a wind-on leader, used all day today and no worries on the fingers. Hard to go back to mono Iím afraid...


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    @Tommy, what kind of "trigger" mechanism did you use on yours. Might be a fun lathe project for winter...
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    Quote Originally Posted by ebf View Post
    @Tommy, what kind of "trigger" mechanism did you use on yours. Might be a fun lathe project for winter...
    I had a coil and a hot little motorbike sparkplug. I'm trying to remember where it is at the moment, mate was using it up north last I recall
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