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Behslayer wrote:For one, we are shooting 4 Band guns with 5/16" Shafts. Those are what I have for our boat guns. In my experience, Cable will drag a bit unless it has a bigger shaft and a little more power. I make a gun which has 5 bands and an 11/32" which pulls cable like nobody's business.
For two, I have a nice, sharp, cheap knife. So does my dive buddy. But that's not going to help if you get a halfhitch of cable wrapped around your wrist etc.. this is the main reason.
We're shooting big fish, but we are using Bungees and Floats and playing them, or Reels and playing them. So it's not like a fixed object and a beast. I also use Chafe gear on the loops. And it's Deeeeeep. In Indonesia we always had problems with the Dogtooths going straight for the bottom and Mono could get cut pretty easily, but out here we are in 2000' of water. 400lb Mono is pretty strong considering we use 80lb on our fishing reels and land big fish all the time. Just need to play them.
It's just my personal style. I have friends who only use Cable and swear by it. But if someone is using cable, everyone in the water should know about it and be comfortable with it. To me. The worst case scenario, ie me, my brother, or one of my friends dissapearing into the Deep attached to a 100lb+ Tuna with a simple halfhitch around their wrist, and staying there for too long.. is not worth the added strength. Shit happens.
I'm in the process of developing a new shooting line and it should offer the best of both worlds. Very high breaking strength, cut by knife, and rigidity. I am doing some testing with it now.
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