Fighting Clamp....Your Thoughts????

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Fighting Clamp....Your Thoughts????

Post by AlloyToy » Fri Feb 13, 2009 8:37 am

Hey All,

Just want your thoughts on my concept. I built a clamp on ring for spinning & jigging rods for large game fish.

The tuna here in the NE will be larger this year so my thoughts are that at some point we will need to use a harness if we will continue to catch these on spinning gear or jigging gear. Also this will allow the angler some leverage (using a harness)allowing for a quicker catch and hopefully a healthier release for the tuna.

I used it last year and have made some changes to it and made it more compact. Also it was tested up to 30# of drag on a foam handle spinning rod. It does not appear to interfere with the casting, is made of 6061 aluminum so it's light. We also used it to attach a safety lie to the rod.

Your thoughts are appreciated???

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Post by JETTYWOLF » Fri Feb 13, 2009 9:30 am

Thats a good deal. I think I saw something like that one time, but was a strap instead, for you spinner dudes.....

I saw this in Miami one year.
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Re: Fighting Clamp....Your Thoughts????

Post by Deno » Fri Feb 13, 2009 10:17 am

Nice........We don’t really use Spinning reels in the West, but I like the idea... I’ve also seen the straps before but nothing like that. I like those better then the straps...
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Post by AlloyToy » Fri Feb 13, 2009 11:43 am

I think the "Reel Colors" strap is for custom built rods as it slides over the threaded section of the handle.....I think......

Thanks for you input. I'll put it to the test soon I hope :thumbsup:

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Post by JETTYWOLF » Sat Feb 14, 2009 9:41 am

You're correct Alloy....that's why yours is different.



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Post by Occams Razor » Thu Aug 20, 2009 7:58 pm

Idea:

The idea is great but I would like to see the load distrabution a little wider on the clamp. If it works well then its a go , my thought is ther may be just too much load in that small area on the blank under extreme load and that is likely where the BANG ! will happen. Don't grafite rods sound like a shotgun going off !

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Post by AlloyToy » Sat Aug 22, 2009 9:46 pm

Occams,

Here is a fish taken in July on Stellwagon by a gentleman from CT. Fight time shy of 15 min with the clamp & harness. This was on an OTI rod I believe :thumbsup:

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Post by capeannfisherman » Tue Sep 01, 2009 12:14 pm

John,
The clamp works great. I got a chance to try it out fighting one of those monsters off the NWC. I was able to sit on the fish just like with my 50's. We did not boat the monster, the slim beauty broke and I went tumbling backwards. The clamp worked perfect, I just put to much pressure trying to lift the fish.Thanks again and we still owe you a trip.
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Post by 21ftcc » Tue Sep 01, 2009 12:20 pm

Adrian
what are you using for stand up gear?
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Post by capeannfisherman » Tue Sep 01, 2009 4:24 pm

Wasn't my gear, it was shimano rod and reel. I don't know exactly which one, but the rod and reel handled the big fish well. If the knot held that fish would be sushi now.
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Re: Fighting Clamp....Your Thoughts????

Post by Doradodon » Wed Oct 29, 2014 5:30 am

Hey There,

I've been searching high and low for these clamps. I bought some from you a LONG time ago, when the tuna-bomb first went off. Well we've been doing very well lately on rec-fish and I'd like to add a few more clamps to rods.

Can you PLEASE give a call.....or if anyone on here can let me know how to contact this genius, I'd appreciate it!!!

My cell is 603.759.1951

Thanks so much!!

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Post by clambo » Thu Oct 30, 2014 6:06 pm

John is on here all the time. I'm sure he will call you. :thumbsup:

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Post by Doradodon » Fri Oct 31, 2014 7:42 am

Thanks for the reply. I did get a message from John, but did not receive contact information. Like I'm most of us, I'm sure he's busy....do you happen to have a phone number for him so I can call proactively?
Thanks again!!

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Post by Doradodon » Wed Nov 05, 2014 3:49 pm

I'm happy to say the power of the internet is still strong as ever. By doing a google search I was able to find a picture of one of these rod clamps and ultimately track down John here to get some more sent out to me.

These clamps make fighting a tuna on a spinning rod a dream!! Once you get them in the harness the pain in the lower back seems to just disappear. Here's one I got a few weeks ago....you can see the clamp on the rod.
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Re: Fighting Clamp....Your Thoughts????

Post by clambo » Sat Nov 08, 2014 7:40 am

Dorododon. Sorry I felt I shouldn't give AT's contact info out but I did call him and make him aware of your request . Glad to hear all worked out well Clambo:beer:

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Re: Fighting Clamp....Your Thoughts????

Post by AlloyToy » Mon Nov 17, 2014 11:19 am

Congrats on an awesome fish!! The clamps work very nicely for many!! :thumbsup:

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Re: Fighting Clamp....Your Thoughts????

Post by nicknotsebastian » Tue Dec 23, 2014 6:45 pm

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the fish were def big this year. our biggest was 86", 400lbs hooked and landed
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on a shimano terez/vs300 off peaked hill area. in the course of the two hour fight, we traded the rod more than once - almost impossible to imagine fighting a big fish on a spinning rod all the way solo. that being said, how would the ring interfere with a quick rod trade off? i'd imagine a clip to a larger loop on the ring so anglers could switch the rod by unclipping and clipping their own harness. we trade off all the time when using heavy duty spinning rods with big fish on - different than stand up conventional rods that have the harness and leverage allowing for arm resting. spinning gear just does not seem to ever present the opportunity to get any real arm rest - its a very tactical fight for sure.

i would think the ring would need to be further up on the rod. i try to get "strait arm" while the fish runs. when that opportunity comes, i am typically grabbing the rod with both hands about the the same place you see my brother's one hand (he's trying to pull back some line while i rest!). the "sweet spot" being about a foot above the reel - actually on the rod. that seems to be the "natural leverage point". maybe a rubber gasket under the ring to protect the the rod too??

great idea. when i first saw the thread i thought it was a spinning rod lanyard idea - also needed with good spinning set ups at $1,000 plus!

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