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Shock Leader

Discussion in 'Beginners and Improvers' started by Shaun Robinson, Jan 9, 2017.

  1. Shaun Robinson

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    Hi All

    I currently use a tapered shock leader 15-50lb on my penn surfblaster 8000, with 15lb sensor surf main line.

    Within the last month or so I have had 2 of the leaders break on the thin part of the shock leader (The Knot was still attatched) My local beach is mainly clean but I was snagged on a big rock or something. I have read that people do cut a length off the thin end of the leader. Is this normal practice? Or do people mainly use the 50-60lb shock leaders, weasel ect?

    Many Thanks

    Shaun
     
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  3. Roryk11

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    Had an issue like yours same shock leader switched to rovex 18 - 60lb no issues since bar regular snags ect won't break the bank either
     
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    Even with Varivas 18-70, or the Rovex I still take off about 4 or 5 ft from the end. Snapped a couple just getting stuck in mud and with almost no effort, I also changed my knot to a spider-hitch & 5 turn yucatan. Line breaks are now usually at the yucatan knot, as you might expect but it takes a lot of pulling. I now have a lot more trust the knot as well as having really heaved on it have had few snap a couple of inches into the leader, with some breaks in the main line instead.
     
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    My preference is to just use a ordinary shock leader. The benefits is full strength along the leader and there cheaper as . In my case its a 121lb power pro leader.
     
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  6. Shaun Robinson

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    Thank you for the replies guys. Out of interest, what main line do you all use?
     
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    Berkley trilene 15lb clear and green good line for me so farming the 60lb great for rig bodies
     
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    I use tapered and cut the thin end out till I've got roughly the same diameter as main line, it's the best compromise I've found.
     
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    I just use a normal Ultima 40lb shockleader tied with a double uni onto Daiwa Sensor 20lb main line. Knot flies through the rings without issue.
     
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    Any light line will break if the 'leader' or lead end get stuck into something on the bottom. Line will snap at the weakest point be it in manufacture, a poor knot, a nick in the line or even right at the knot.

    I use 60-80lb Ultima Powerflex leader and Sakuma line.
     
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    I use 19lb (0.35 dia) Rovex 10X mainline & Asso 18-70lb tapered leaders.
    Rick;)
     
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    .23 or .28 power pro main line.
     
  13. Colin Chaplin

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    Hi Shaun, What shock leader knot did you use?. If you follow the normal rules on shock leaders, from the main line, six turns on the spool, length of your rod twice, ok take in the account you want to get the shock leader knot back in onto the spool to clear any weed and play the fish in the surf, not forgetting the 1oz lead weight to 10 lb BS ratio, tapered shock leaders are too long snip off the thin end.
     
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    Out of interest what tapered leader do you use, I had the same problem as have a number of people I know with the rovex tapered leader snapping within the first 3' of the thin end, switched to ultima tapered leader and have never had a repeat.
     
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    Double 6 turn grinner knot to join lines of equal (ish) diameters, never had a problem with the knot.
     
  16. Colin Chaplin

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    Full Blood Knot, joining two length's of line of the same thickness, never had a problem. Diawa Tapered Tournament shock leaders used them for years.
     
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    Isn't the Albright knot good for this kind of join?
     
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    Personal choice I guess. I use the Albright for thick to thin and 2 x grinner for similar diameters.
     
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    Normally it's for two different diameter lines, as you are tying a taper leader to main line of similar diameter a simple full blood knot, for me never had a problem.
     
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    And that Sir, is exactly why it's personal choice, I would shy away from blood to blood as basically it is a loop against a loop and I would have thought a very weak point but you totally prove that what I think is nonsense.
     
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    Agree.
     
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