Leader Hack For Catching BIG Fish On Light Line


Is there a SECRET Leader Hack for catching BIG fish on light line??

Have you ever heard of the “Dirty Deeks Rig” before?

Capt. Peter Deeks taught us this little trick a few years ago and since then, it has helped coaches and countless Insiders reel in MONSTER fish on light line.

Learn how to assemble the Dirty Deeks below!!

Leader Hack For Catching BIG Fish On Light Line [VIDEO]

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The goal of this leader hack is for you to have enough strength and power to reel in BIG fish while not having to worry about your line becoming compromised.

The Dirty Deeks is assembled by using a heavier leader line of about 6-8 inches on the very end of your lighter leader line.

So for example, I typically use 15-20 lb leader and tie off a small snippet of 30 lb leader or more to create the business end.

That small portion of the leader line just above your lure is the likeliest area for abrasions or damage to occur.

If that section is compromised on a normal leader, odds are you will lose that fish.

But with a heavier tippet section, you’re ready to handle BIG fish!

In terms of which type of line to use, monofilament has proven to be much more abrasion resistant than fluorocarbon.

I recommend using a monofilament leader for the small section at the end of the line.

If you are targeting snook, I wouldn’t go below 25-30 lbs for the tippet section due to their tendency to rub and break lines.

For redfish and trout, I recommend a 20 lb business end connected to either 15 lb or sometimes 10 lb leader.

The overall goal is to have a strong leader that enables you to use lighter line to reel in the monster fish.

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Ronald Peedin
7 months ago


Benjamin Tice
8 months ago

Is this only for snook or is it for all species?

9 months ago

Thanks luke great info !

Michael Mathis
10 months ago

Luke thanks for the awesome video! Can’t wait to give it a try. Quick, easy and clean.

David Atkins
10 months ago

Awesome video, got to try this one out for sure, have been broken off several times by the big ones lately so using 30# mono may be the ticket, send you pictures of my next monster fish!

Dustin Walker
10 months ago

Awesome video, once again. I’ve been tying mono leaders for 30 years and never thought about using a heftier end like this. Great idea I’m going to have to try

Tom Annunziata
10 months ago

I have always used a 20-30 inch leader w 30lb test. I will give this new method a shot tomorrow

10 months ago

It works.I sometimes go up to nearly a foot, though.The flounder that I catch don’t seem to be too wary of length as much as some other fish like mangrove snapper and sheepshead.I prefer mono instead of flourocarbon.Thanks.

10 months ago

Great info! Thanks for sharing Luke! It’s definitely time to upgrade to this rig for chasing big Snook!

Tim Pifer
10 months ago

Here (at SS) I have learned 10 lb braid to 20 lb mono seems to be the “go to” for inshore fishing, trout, drum & flounder; 30lb mono for snook (which is not a consideration here in NC). Should this shock tippet be considered an advanced technique to apply for best results fishing artificials? I do not remember seeing the coaches details this on their reports.


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