5/1/2006 4:27:00 PM
MikeF (188.8.131.52) from GA says this way
What I do is tie a knot in the balloon. Then I make a loop in the line and tie another knot over the loop. That way when anything hits the bait it will pop the ballon off the line. If you do it this way you should go back and pick up the balloon. There are some areas where you are not allowed to use a break-away float. The reason I do it this way is so I don't have to worry about the balloon remains while reeling in the line.
5/14/2006 2:05:00 PM
capt_dalton (184.108.40.206) from AL says Interesting idea Mike F
We use ballons for king and spanish mackeral fishing all of the time. I had been just tying the balloon knot with the mainline in the knot. Yes the balloon usually pops on the inital strike, but, you have to deal with the little piece of rubber still on the line when it reaches you guides.
The only drawback I see is it would be a little difficult to adjust the place where the balloon is riding on your line.
However, I'll give it a try. It is my understanding that sea turtles often eat the remnants of balloons thinking they are jellyfish. This can lead to intestinal blockages and death.
2/7/2013 9:27:00 AM
Chris3 from NC says Balloon Fisher King
You're right, not being able to adjust where the balloon is on your line is a drawback, however there is a product out there that fixes that from Balloon Fisher King. These guys make this little clip that goes on your fishing line and then you tie the balloon to it. You can adjust the balloon up and down the line easily to set your bait at whatever depth you want it. Definitely worth checking them out.