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Old 05-21-2020, 07:35 PM
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Today was the day I was going to make my first attempt at daytime sword fishing. I purchased a new reel that came spooled with 65lb Tuf Line. I dropped the lead and was letting out the line and I gradually slowed the reel after 400ft was out to stretch the line for a couple seconds. I then let the line out again in free spool until i got to 900ft and started to slow the spool again when everything went slack. I reeled up about a 100 ft and found the braid had broke. This braid has never been off the reel until today and was its first drop. What could of happened? Was it just bad braid?
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Have you check the reel guides for nicks? .........ICM
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Originally Posted by Ice Cream Man View Post
Have you check the reel guides for nicks? .........ICM
I visually inspected the guides and I didn't find any nicks
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tufline is probably the best made braid out there, fully manufactured in the USA by parent company western filament that makes braid for nasa and the military.
I love to blame braid and the line for stuff too, but it's more likely a nick as suggested or some other issue with gear or user.
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I stopped using that brand because of the same problem. It had happened a few times on different reels.
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Originally Posted by DarcizzleOffshore View Post
tufline is probably the best made braid out there, fully manufactured in the USA by parent company western filament that makes braid for nasa and the military.
I love to blame braid and the line for stuff too, but it's more likely a nick as suggested or some other issue with gear or user.
I would tend to think it must be something other then bad braid. However the spot it broke had never been off the reel before. I also have visually inspected the guides and ran a Q-tip through them and they are fine.
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here are some pics of where it broke. It looks like the treads just pulled apart.
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That looks to me more like a wahoo, shark, etc. may have bitten thru it than the strands just pulled apart.
Something on the line causing a bubble trail or a small fish swimming nearby etc.

If the strands just pulled apart the coloring on the line wouldn't be scraped off near the end.

In September and October in east FL when the turtle hatchlings are just going to sea and a million small sharks are around preying on them.
That is when we get all kinds of mysterious mid water cut offs while reef fishing.
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I have had the same problem with tuff line brand. We had it break several times on a jigging rod. I decided to test some of the fresh line still on the spool and it was breaking at around 5lbs or so. I believe it was rated at 45 lbs. Hopefully it was just a bad batch , but after losing a couple 30 dollar jigs I have decided to stay away from the brand.
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So I decided to test the braid with a 12lb lead. Sure enough the braid couldn’t even hold 12lbs. The braid is 65lbs. Shouldn’t 65lb braid be able to hold a 12lb weight?
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Seems like a bad batch. Have you contacted them? I always test new line at home before attaching anything to them. A few jigs lost and your daily fuel bill doesn’t seem that bad
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Originally Posted by b1gdog83 View Post

So I decided to test the braid with a 12lb lead. Sure enough the braid couldn’t even hold 12lbs. The braid is 65lbs. Shouldn’t 65lb braid be able to hold a 12lb weight?
is the line breaking at the knot?
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Never used tuf line. And every so often a similar thread will pop up with various different braided lines parting for no apparent reason. All I can say is this. all of my offshore trolling reels have power pro backing 80 to 150 # I can honestly say that in 15 years iv never had a mysterious failure with power pro in the 80 to 150 lb range. I know others will disagree but it just hasn't let me down
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Originally Posted by Ken T View Post
is the line breaking at the knot?
Nope its breaking in the middle and the knot I tied to the weight were just a few double overhand knots. Am I missing something shouldnt 65lb braid be able to hold a 65lb weight?
Old 05-23-2020, 10:27 AM
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Bad batch of line.
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Originally Posted by b1gdog83 View Post
Nope its breaking in the middle and the knot I tied to the weight were just a few double overhand knots. Am I missing something shouldnt 65lb braid be able to hold a 65lb weight?
If you slowly lift the weight off the ground then the force is the same as the weight.
If you drop it, bounce it, hang it and jerk up and down.......the force is many times greater than just the weight of the sinker.
Energy of falling object

Tie it to a scale and see how hard a slow pull it will hold. Then if defective return it.

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Unless the guy is swinging the weight around like a rodeo lasso it shouldn’t be breaking. It’s bad line. Had the same happen to me with 50# power pro and a bunch of guys at the cape had a bad batch put on their reels some years back. It happens.
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I had the same exact experience with that line and will not use it again. Have been using Diawa 65lb on a sword rod for 2 years now with no incidents. I called the tufline people and they had every excuse under the sun.
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Been using generic 8 strand, daiwa etc and never had an issue like this. When it broke it was my fault.
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Originally Posted by captbron View Post
I had the same exact experience with that line and will not use it again. Have been using Diawa 65lb on a sword rod for 2 years now with no incidents. I called the tufline people and they had every excuse under the sun.
I called Tuf Line and the number went to Mustad. Apparently Mustad took over Tuf Line maybe ill have better luck dealing with Mustad.

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