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October 25, 2001

Gimbal Rubber Band

How many times have you picked up a big outfit with a fish screaming off line, and headed for the chair, only to get there and struggle with getting the rod butt into the chair gimbal? At this moment, you don't have time to fuss with a free-swinging gimbal that keeps jumping out of the way before the rod butt has a chance to lock in place.

How many times have you picked up a big outfit with a fish screaming off line, and headed for the chair, only to get there and struggle with getting the rod butt into the chair gimbal? At this moment, you don't have time to fuss with a free-swinging gimbal that keeps jumping out of the way before the rod butt has a chance to lock in place. Instead of hiring an extra crew member to hold the gimbal, try this trick with a couple of rubber bands.
Wrap and twist the rubber bands around the gimbal bracket and the gimbal itself several times to stiffen the movement of the previously free-swinging gimbal. It only takes one or two wraps to add tension to the gimbal, making it easy for any angler to hop into the chair and lock the rod in place.
At the hookup, your thoughts and focus will be somewhere else from now on - like watching your fish jump.

Scott Kerrigan
Wilton Manors, Florida