Line load­ing with balls

Keep­ing a firm, even pres­sure on a line spool when load­ing line – braid or mono – onto a game reel has a great af­fect on get­ting a line load prop­erly packed on the reel.

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The con­se­quences of not get­ting this right can be dire – un­der the pres­sure of a fish the line can bite deeply into a loose load, jam and break. There can also be a con­sid­er­able re­duc­tion in the amount of line that can be fit­ted onto a reel if a rea­son­able ten­sion is not main­tained while load­ing.

Of course there are fancy com­mer­cially-made spring-ten­sioned spool hold­ers, but most of us end up do­ing it the old-fash­ioned way: some­one winds the reel while some­one else holds the spool on a shaft, of­ten a big screw­driver or the like, and tries to ap­ply pres­sure to the spool by hand. This fric­tion cre­ates a lot of heat, and a glove or rag is a ne­ces­sity to pro­tect the hands. Not ideal.

Dur­ing a trip out of Port Vila in the South Pa­cific is­land na­tion of Van­u­atu a cou­ple of years ago, deckie Brett Jami­son showed me a sys­tem that made the job of re-spool­ing lines easy. He pur­chased a cou­ple of cheap ten­nis balls (the kind you buy your dog to chew up are fine) and us­ing a bait knife, made two in­ci­sions op­po­site each other on either side of each ball. This al­lowed the balls to be pushed onto the large screw­driver, one on each side of the line spool. Mod­est hand pres­sure pro­vided suf­fi­cient fric­tion to get a well-seated line load, even with tackle up to 60kg. - Sam Moss­man

The ten­nis balls placed either end of the spool en­ables the holder to keep an even pres­sure on the line.

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