13’ rod casting 5 oz. My money’s on the shock leader knot ripping the spool and cup apart.
Thanks Bill. That's probably the most logical thing to do, but the photo was mostly a gag. I have a strong suspicion that, regardless of the line or knot, the reel would explode half-way through a cast with 5 oz. of lead. Either the spool would get ripped off the spindle and tear through the cup, or the clutch mechanism would give out and I'd be in free-spool way too early. Either way, anything to my right would be in danger.Just a suggestion. Change to braid and use a braid shocker. If your using 15 lb. test you are probably using 30 shocker. Have you tried the the modified Albright Knot, its a small low profile knot that is easy to tie.