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Shock Leader

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

  1. Shaun Robinson

    Shaun Robinson Member

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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 .
     
  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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