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Batman Begins and 300 lb test line...

We had that discussion about the "300 lb test line" in Batman Begins and how it wouldn't be enough, but this confuses me again:

"Capt. Clyde "Bucky" Dennis with his potential record 1,280-pound hammerhead, which he caught on Power Pro 100-pound-test line."

I'm guessing a shark weighing over half a ton can probably exert more than 100lbs of force. Heck, just dragging it through the water should take more than 100lbs. So what does "test" mean again?
Permalink Send private email Steel McLargeEsquimaux 
September 13th, 2006 1:16am
That's the skill of fishing though--reeling in a bloody great fish on the end of a flimsy little line. If the line was strong enough not to break there would be no skill involved at all.
Permalink Send private email bon vivant 
September 13th, 2006 1:20am
I get that - but *100lb*?
Permalink Send private email Steel McLargeEsquimaux 
September 13th, 2006 1:21am
Mucho skill.

Of course, tested to 100 lb means the breaking force is greater than that--doesn't say how much greater.
Permalink Send private email bon vivant 
September 13th, 2006 1:23am
Might have something to do with shock vs. steady pull.
Permalink wheeeeeeeee ~~~~~~~~~~~~~x 
September 13th, 2006 1:32am
Swap places with the shark.

Neglecting the possibility that the angler could be an attractive bigal with g/f, lunch and cold beer on board that motor launch, wouldn't you be swimming AWAY as fast as the hook will let you, seeing as how it's gotten stuck in you somewhere sensitive - such as your upper lip?
Permalink trollop 
September 13th, 2006 2:10am
http://www.interesting.vaty.net/2006/09/one-giant-shark.html

They float in water?
Permalink wheeeeeeeee ~~~~~~~~~~~~~x 
September 13th, 2006 2:38am
The line exerts force on the hook, hurting the shark, so the shark swims in the direction that makes it hurt less. Even if it could make the mental connection of boat=bad people (which it instinctively can, I suppose), it's mad with pain at this point.

You don't use the fishing line as a winch cable, you use it to hurt the fish enough so it swims towards you. Then you bonk it on the head or whatever, and use other tools to get it out of the water.
Permalink Send private email Flasher T 
September 13th, 2006 7:34am
Wow, that's a gorgeous fish in the water.  On land, well, it looks like a fish out of water.
Permalink Send private email Clay Dowling 
September 13th, 2006 8:39am
Wow.

Apparently "all he did" with the 100 lb test line was stay with the shark until he'd tired it out.  THEN they stabbed it with a gaff, THEN they got a real rope around it's tail.  THEN they tried to bring it onboard (NOT lifting it with the 100 lb test line, you'll note) with a rope around it's tail.  And failed, as the boat would sink.

THEN, they towed it in to shore by the rope tied around its tail.

I don't want to minimize his achievement with the 100 lb test line -- 5 hours of fighting a hammerhead IS an achievement.  I just didn't want people to think he pulled a 1,000 lb shark out of the water with a 100 lb test line.
Permalink SaveTheHubble 
September 13th, 2006 9:36am
Tired it out and got it close enough to stab... I've had over 100 yards of line in the water deep sea fishing before.

I am guessing Flasher has not fished.

The way they fight and pull away in spite of the hook in their mouth suggests it doesn't hurt so bad as you think. They just know something has them and instinctively resist the pull. I don't think I have ever had a fish swim towards me unless by sheer coincidence when I let all tension off the line.
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September 13th, 2006 10:40am

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