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SWORD BUOY ROD -- Make your own BUOY?

Old 08-09-2019, 06:19 AM
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You want your buoy rod fishing well off the bottom for a couple of reasons-

#1 the tip rod has a much better hookup/land ratio. I don;t want bites on my buoy rod that could have been gotten on the tip rod
#2 if you hang the buoy rod on the bottom you're in a whole heap of trouble
#3 it allows you to clear it faster if you need to
#4 it covers a different part of the water column.

Its all about getting bites from fish that otherwise wouldn't see your tip rod.

In S florida, my buoy mark that I typically use is at 1600'. With 8lbs of lead and average current, I'm guessing that it fishing around 1000-1200' as opposed to 1450-1500' if we're in 1600' of water for my tip rod. If I was fishing in less current I'd use a shorter mark to achieve the same thing. I too like to make the marks out of spliced mono. This prevents the buoy apparatus from touching the light braid. It lasts a long time as well.
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Old 08-09-2019, 06:39 AM
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Originally Posted by hamma job View Post
You want your buoy rod fishing well off the bottom for a couple of reasons-

#1 the tip rod has a much better hookup/land ratio. I don;t want bites on my buoy rod that could have been gotten on the tip rod
#2 if you hang the buoy rod on the bottom you're in a whole heap of trouble
#3 it allows you to clear it faster if you need to
#4 it covers a different part of the water column.

Its all about getting bites from fish that otherwise wouldn't see your tip rod.

In S florida, my buoy mark that I typically use is at 1600'. With 8lbs of lead and average current, I'm guessing that it fishing around 1000-1200' as opposed to 1450-1500' if we're in 1600' of water for my tip rod. If I was fishing in less current I'd use a shorter mark to achieve the same thing. I too like to make the marks out of spliced mono. This prevents the buoy apparatus from touching the light braid. It lasts a long time as well.
Great summary and, respectfully, from someone I trust has done many more buoy drops than me.

To reiterate, while everyone might have their preferred style, there is no way I want to run the risk of the buoy having any contact with the braid. Especially under pressure, IMHO its a disaster waiting to happen not to mention physically handling braid vs mono.

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Old 08-09-2019, 07:43 AM
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Originally Posted by Texasblue View Post
Great summary and, respectfully, from someone I trust has done many more buoy drops than me.

To reiterate, while everyone might have their preferred style, there is no way I want to run the risk of the buoy having any contact with the braid. Especially under pressure, IMHO its a disaster waiting to happen not to mention physically handling braid vs mono.
I think that's my biggest concern planning this out. Then again, you guys have 50x more experience than I. So maybe when I get to that point, I would feel more confident with two lines.
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Old 08-09-2019, 08:00 AM
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Originally Posted by HookMeUpII View Post
I think that's my biggest concern planning this out. Then again, you guys have 50x more experience than I. So maybe when I get to that point, I would feel more confident with two lines.
The best advice I can give you is just go and get a bait down. It will only get easier and feel simpler from there. When we were trying to figure out our fishery , we were making 70-80 mile runs with only 1 rod on the boat. Once fishing the tip rod is easy then start adding rods.
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Old 08-12-2019, 05:55 PM
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Deploy the buoy rod twice as slow as you do the tip rod. You can also let the tip rod get a little ahead of you then use the throttle to help keep the buoy weigh away from the motor as you drop it.
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Old 08-12-2019, 06:36 PM
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Any pics available of that spliced 14’ mono? I assume you are reeling into the bouy and unclipping, and its not a break away where you go back to get the bouy afterwards this way? Thanks
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Old 08-12-2019, 07:49 PM
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Originally Posted by Smoke n Mirrors View Post
Any pics available of that spliced 14’ mono? I assume you are reeling into the bouy and unclipping, and its not a break away where you go back to get the bouy afterwards this way? Thanks

Correct. This one for photo doesn't clearly show but one loop is larger to acomodate the terminal spool of braid. Also, hard to see but the wax loop has plenty of mono on either side.
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Old 08-13-2019, 04:54 AM
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Originally Posted by Smoke n Mirrors View Post
Any pics available of that spliced 14’ mono? I assume you are reeling into the bouy and unclipping, and its not a break away where you go back to get the bouy afterwards this way? Thanks
As Texas said, it's clipped on with a long line clip. Haven't deployed the buoy rod but it's likely how my buddy clips on his weight.
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