Crimping Fishing Lines - Crimped Joins
The most efficient surf fishing rig that combines top fishing efficiency, strength, durability and safety for your multi hook kite or kon tiki surf fishing rig is to use the running clip system with either the correct sized round brass annealed crimps
fitted to the mainline or a section of commercial fishermens pre-stoppered hook section fitted correctly into the mainline with aluminum crimps.
As a general rule of thumb a 100kg mainline is ideal for fishing up to 25 traces on the west coast while those using 65kg mainlines should limit themselves to no more than 15 hooks per set when fishing the west coast.
Another useful option for those with 65 to 80kg mainlines is to correctly crimp a 100 to 120kg hook section into the mainline, nothing is stronger than a crimped join.
This gives additional security in the area where most breakages occur while maintaining the advantage of reduced drag in the rip on the remaining thinner 65kg mainlines.
If no knots are used in constructing or repairing the mainline the breaking strain of the rig will be at least 40% greater than rigs with knots. If you are unable to do it yourself it is a worthwhile investment to get your crimping done professionally.