We tried running our big boards the other weekend so we could run more rods but we couldnt get the bands to snap when we got a hit. the bands would stretch about a foot and wouldnt snap. We were using office max .16 bands. i think they were about 3'' long. I dont know if they are too long, or we didnt have enough tension on our boards? I really like the idea of running 5 lines off a side and not having to worry about taking off (or losing) the inlines. we have a big jon mast w/ 2 reels and amish outfitter boards. I checked the previous 2 pages and couldnt find the answer i needed
#10 bands for light stuff (cranks and up to 40 jets)...and 14s for weighted cranks & 50 Jets...I ran 16s for awhile they are a tad too heavy (they work better with 8lb fish attached to them).....The biggest thing is you need a big board that pulls hard enough for a tight towline...If you dont have that you are gonna have issues getting lines off...The amish boards should provide that...Id email frank and get the $5 1lb bag of #10 bands for his releases...And I think that will solve ur problem
"You'd think that after years and years of doing the same old thing thing on Lake Erie, that this walleye fishing would get old...But, it never does..."
quick solution, spread those bands outside in the sun a couple day. I like those better then the bands they sell for the big boards. with small junk fish they strech alot ,easier to tell when a small fish needs brought in. also snap the rod to the rear of the boat.
All I can find locally is #16's at staples. I still have to put small nicks in them to help weaken them. Still, 20+" saugeye have a hard time breaking that little rubberband.Those saugs fight identical to a walleye,just meaner when they hit the floor and livewell.
To get by with your present cache of rubberbands,get a good pair of nail clippers and nick them halfway,stretch a little so you know they won't break too easy,keep them separate from the others. I put nicks on both sides of the rubberbands and keep those nicks halfway between the fishing line and clip.
Anyone know if they make hi-visibility rubberbands? Hard to see mine at dawn and dusk.
i,ve found the red rubber bands thats made for fishing is the best ones. alot of baitshops carry them or you can order them online. the best place i have found to order from is fishusa.com they have them in 2 weights. i use the light weight ones, but they also make a heavy weight one. these work good and the red bands make them easier to see.. big jon also sells release rubber babds, but i have never used them.