1 Simple Hack To Avoid Losing Fish On Light Leader

By: Tony Acevedo on January 8, 2020
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tippet for snook

Here’s the story…

I kept getting broken off by some nice snook not too long ago.

I did all the hard things right…

I found them…

I got them to bite…

But I didn’t have anything to show for it!

So I changed one little thing that helped me start bringing fish into the boat.

Check it out in the video below.

How To Avoid Losing Fish On Light Leader [VIDEO]

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I was using 20 lb leader to try to catch these snook but in this case, it just wasn’t enough.

To start finally landing them, I tied on a tippet of about 6″ of 30 lb leader.

I used a double unit knot and didn’t have to swap out my entire leader, so it was quick and cheap.


snook on tippet

If you find yourself in a scenario where you have light leader on, but you’re getting broken off by snook, or even toothy fish like Spanish mackerel, just tie on a tippet of something stronger.

You don’t need to swap out your entire leader and it’s nice and quick.

Do you have any other hacks for landing snook or other fish that could easily break you off?

Let me know in the comments below!

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William DeMott
4 months ago

I usually use a 30-pound tippet inshore. However, I use titanium wire for Spanish mackerel, as they often cut right through 30or 40-pound fluorocarbon.

Gary Rankel
4 months ago

Hey Tony……..I think I might prefer rigging one of my outfits with 30 lb fluro leader to avoid having what I assume is the more visible big knot.

4 months ago
Reply to  Tony Acevedo

It never occurred to me that the knot may appear as a food item instead of something that may spook fish. Who knows what goes through the mind of a hungry snook?

Robert Ricketts
4 months ago

Tony what gopro mount is that