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Old 10-04-2013, 11:55 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Does anyone have any advice to reduce wind knots when using braided line on a spinning reel? I switched to Suffix 832 and the amount of wind knots I get has decreased compared to the previous braid I used. However, I still get them when throwing a hard body bait. I have no problems when casting plastic worms. I tried all the tips I could find on the internet: spooling the braid as tight as I can, stopping the cast with my finger not the bail, using a smoother braid, avoid casting into the wind, etc... I never tie directly to the bait. I always use a fluorocarbon leader. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.
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-do not over-fill spool
-make cast
-close bail by hand
-pull line tight on the spool, before beginning retrieve.

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Are you getting wind knots (caused by a crosswind) like this:



Or are you having twisted line causing tangles? If you line is coming off your spool and just creating a large wad of tangles you could have a combination of an over-filled spool and twisted line. If your line is twisted (I know the following sounds crazy but it works) take your rod & reel out to a very large park. Start at one end of the park, open the bail and lay the line out on the ground and walk in one direction in one long line. Lay out at least 3/4 of your spool, then close the bail and walk dragging the line along the ground (preferably grass) for at least twice as far as your laid out line length. What this will do is allow your line twist to uncoil as it works it's way through the grass while you walk. You may need to do this a few times depending on how twisted your line is.

This also works on the water if you have access to a boat.
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I was having issues with wind knots and power pro a few years back on a Penn reel. Some good info in this thread.

https://www.chicagolandfishing.com/fo...otting-up.html
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If you do not wish to smell like a nursing home, do no pee into the wind.
If you do not wish wind knots, do not cast light lures into the wind.

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-do not over-fill spool
-make cast
-close bail by hand
-pull line tight on the spool, before beginning retrieve.
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Zombie Fish pretty much explained it all. I wish I had all his knowledge. Thank you Zombie.
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boggzD-do not over-fill spool*-make cast-close bail by hand-pull line tight on the spool, before beginning retrieve.

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I've been doing all of that except for pulling the line tight. I will start doing that. Thanks.
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