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Freeryde wrote:I really want to find a good set of shears that won't rust to mount on my weight belt. I have used a few different ones but they all turn into a ball of rust in no time. Anyone have a recommendation for me?
Behslayer wrote:Bill, you can get cable in Yellow, even Pink..
Red Tide wrote:Mono/Cable has been a spearfishing topic for years. My experience has shown me that cable is good for hunting vertical structure (Oil Rigs, Ship Wrecks, and Kelp) BTW, I have never hunted kelp. A big fish can drag mono across a Oil Rig leg and cut you off easily. There is no defense with mono. The same holds true for shipwrecks. In those situations I always use cable. My knife will cut cable but it is not easy. I have cut my cable several times on the Oil Rigs but not in a bail out situation. I think it would be better to rely on some kind of cutters if that is where you normally hunt.
The best cutters are going to be hi carbon steel and will rust on a cloudy day. All you can do is rinse them in fresh water and coat with a lubricant. If you take good care of them you can get 6 months use if you use them a lot. This is just an estimate.
In bluewater 300 to 400 lb mono is all you need. I would suggest using stainless steel chaffing springs because a big fish can put enough pressure at the shark fin to cut through the mono. The first tuna I ever shot did this to me. It was a fish close to 300 lbs. Since I began using the springs I have not lost a tuna over 200 lbs and up to 300 lbs with mono.
On the slip-tip I use 1200 lb spectra that I double back braid. This has never failed me either. It lays flat unlike cable and even when it gets frayed it still works. I used it till it was just a few threads left and still landed a smaller tuna. I am a believer in this stuff.
The key to rigging for bluewater is a progressive bungee/ floatline set up that allows for the fish to run hard and not break anything. I watched a friend with a Mori Cable Slip tip loose a 350 lb Yellowfin because he was using one of those big tuna boards. The cable snapped in the middle and looked like spaghetti as the fish swam away. This happened on the fishes first explosive run. I was 20 feet from the fish and witnessed it first hand. Multiple smaller floats with bungee between is the best way to land big fish. Rule of thumb is one float for every 100 lbs of fish you expect to shoot. This gives you a progressive drag system that will not put too much pressure on the fish but still enough pressure to wear him down for capture.
Behslayer wrote:I did some snooping. But. The dive shears I saw were mostly those same 15-$20 shears. Others have that big spring which inevitably falls off when you need them to work. I figure the best people to ask would be commercial rig divers. One small scissor which I've always used in the shop, on the boat, and for cleaning fish which can cut anything well are these Joyce Chen scissors..
Behslayer wrote:They run 400lb Mono on the Camp Guns at Isla Montuosa.
Mikey Vicens with a nice 170lbYFT he nailed yesterday using the 155RH Carmina Delores Model
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