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Old 09-29-2020, 01:28 PM
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What’s the best way to attach the balloon to your line?
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I just tie mine on the leader side of the swivel.
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Originally Posted by steve76 View Post
I just tie mine on the leader side of the swivel.
This....tie it right to the leader or main line if you want to set up deeper.
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Little trick, take the small black rubber bands that you use for ballyhoo or kids braces. Inflate your balloon and tie a knot in it. Then loop the small rubber band around your line and then put the loop over the ballon mouth part with the knot. The small rubber band is slim profile and plenty of pressure to keep the ballon in place. Then when you take your line in, the ballon comes off with a quick pull and it’s ready to go on another rod. The rubber band is a small profile and goes through kingfish guides just fine
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NEVER tie to swivel or main line. We run a 2 ft piece of mono from swivel. Tie balloon to that. You can doubl a short piece of mono and tie it. This creates a loop. Run through swivel and back through. Then you have a loop to tie to. Helps keep pogies from circle and fouling.
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Why not just tie the balloon directly to the main line? That's what we've always done and don't seem to have a problem.
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Originally Posted by bonecrusher1 View Post
Why not just tie the balloon directly to the main line? That's what we've always done and don't seem to have a problem.
harder to get off in my opinion. The way I mentioned is a simple pull and the loop comes off to reuse. Nothing like trying to cut off the tip of a ballon from 20# mono in rocking seas
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Originally Posted by Wickedfisha View Post
Little trick, take the small black rubber bands that you use for ballyhoo or kids braces. Inflate your balloon and tie a knot in it. Then loop the small rubber band around your line and then put the loop over the ballon mouth part with the knot. The small rubber band is slim profile and plenty of pressure to keep the ballon in place. Then when you take your line in, the ballon comes off with a quick pull and it’s ready to go on another rod. The rubber band is a small profile and goes through kingfish guides just fine
maybe just bad luck on my part but i get tangles and cut offs until I started running a tag line from swivel. 1-3 feet mono and tie to that. No more cutoffs or tangles.Also like wicket said you'll have a balloon sliding up and down mainline fighting fish then you have to get it off when done. With tagline balloon pops and in my opinion helps with hook up. No balloon left on your line.
I shouldn't say it's wrong to tie to main line. Whatever works best for you. Personally I've done better with tag line. Pogies tend to circle. With tag line it's not as big of a problem. If you get cut off when balloon fishing its usually because pogie and wire have wrapped your mainline

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Thanks for the info guys! How are y’all setting up your anchor as far as being able to quick release it if you had to chase one down in a hurry?
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Originally Posted by dholder1201 View Post
Thanks for the info guys! How are y’all setting up your anchor as far as being able to quick release it if you had to chase one down in a hurry?
I bungee an anchor ball toanchor rope. That way I just toss it. Rarely chase one. I try to avoid pack fishing

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