Help my leader keeps breaking....

Discussion in 'Saltwater' started by ptphisher, Jul 24, 2013.

  1. Steve Saville

    Steve Saville Active Member

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    One other thing could be that your drag is set too tight. I fish with a light drag and tighten it accordingly after the hook-up. Of course, I lost two fish this morning but that was primarily due to stupid inattention.
     
  2. Jim Wallace

    Jim Wallace Smells like low tide.

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    I lost a really nice King two years ago gear fishing (trolling) in Willapa Bay when I tightened down my drag just a little bit. Bad mistake! (what then happened, was the King came up to the top and jumped, landing on my 25# test Ultragreen leader and snapping it).
     
  3. zen leecher aka bill w

    zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

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    I'm surprised no one said "check your hook eyes to see if they are rough". I've had sharp edges on hook eyes that cut leaders.
     
  4. Fishee

    Fishee Active Member

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    Maxima Ultragreen, nuff said.
     
  5. ptphisher

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    GOT THE MAXIMA UG TONIGHT!
     
  6. Luke77

    Luke77 I hope she likes whitefish

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    Just wanted to add another obvious tip/mistake...that we all make. Make sure you aren't joining leader to tippet if the size of each is too greatly contrasting. I made this mistake in a hurry and lost a pig because I joined light tippet and a heavy butt section.

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  7. Gregg Lundgren

    Gregg Lundgren Now fishing on weekdays too!

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    Good point Luke. While a nail knot splice using a knot tool allows .006 difference, I believe most other line connecting knots are recommended at just a .003 difference. I hate getting that tool out when you are in a hurry!
     
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