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Lighten Up - Line Selection  at Cabela's

Lighten Up - Line Selection

Author: Terry LaCoss

A major saltwater fishing problem occurs when a fisherman is not prepared to swap his fifty-pound class tackle for twenty-pound tackle. Instead he has every rod on board, rigged with fifty-pound test line.

Terry LaCoss
When saltwater game fish become line shy and unwilling to strike a bait or lure that is attached to heavy terminal tackle, fifty- to eighty-pound class in particular, the saltwater angler might fish the rest of the day with limited success.

A solid solution to this frequent problem is remembering to bring along various classes of fishing rods and reels, rigged with three different line tests. For example, many knowledgeable salts carry on board twenty-, thirty- and fifty-pound tackle. With this arsenal they can either downgrade their tackle size when the fishing becomes slow or upgrade their tackle size when the fish become active.

Another solid solution to this common problem is to splice a twenty-foot section of either smaller or larger line to the tag end of the terminal line. Be sure to remember to adjust the reel's drag to accommodate the appropriate size line.

You may also increase or decrease the size of your baits or lures at the same time. This can increase your odds of tricking the local school of saltwater fish into striking.





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