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Random thoughts here, for a reason. I broke off 12lb Yo-Zuri in a fishes face today, which claims a near 20lb breaking strength, and I believe it because I've 1. Never broke off before with it and 2. Have uprooted some gnarly stuff. Just keep thinking about whether or not I missed a PB or tied a bad knot, but it was a fresh tie on a T-Rig and the line wasn't damaged from what I saw. One of those moments that haunts you with the what if. 

 

I'm not really looking for anything but random discussion I guess. This is just bugging the daylights out of me.

 

I broke moments after the hookset and the fish ran.

My wife was with me and I was speechless. Just kept muttering, wow I just broke off. 

 

Done it many times before just never with this stuff.

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Where did the line break..knot or ???

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All it takes is one imperfection (like a kink or nick) in your line that you did not detect and remove. The number of birds nest we undo, every time we yank on the line to free it, wear and tear every time the line touches grass, rock and other things, a poorly tied knot can also weaken the line right above it during the cinch, etc. 

 

No line is free from this. 

 

So unless we’re talking about vanish, surprising line breaks imho, are user initiated. Not pointing a finger at you. Now if it happened like 3 times and you know the line is new and fresh, that’s a different story. 

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It happens!

 

Sometimes it happens so easy it leaves ya scratching your head!

 

There's reasons it called fishing & not catching!

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Sounds like it is time to change the fishing line brand or tie better knots and pay close attention to the line and remove any line that has nicks in it.

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Keep in mind. 

Depending on how long your cast's are an imperfection can be way up the line where you won't feel or see it most times. 

 

What I do sometimes is I'll make a cast and let the line lay without what I have tied on pulling on it. 

Any kink or nick will show itself as it's reeled back on. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mike

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A lot of factors.

nick or cut

extreme bend in the line that weakened it

he May have straighten you out, in other words the rod tip was pointed right at him with no bend. No bend in the rod means the knot is getting ALL the pressure of the fish (think how we all get the hook unstuck when it’s stuck in something)

and, of course it could ‘just be fishin’..sometimes, something’s dont make sense out there

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When lure is reeled in, do a line/knot check. Grab the line about 18 inches above the lure, grab the lure in your other hand, and pull on it. Do it often - especially after clearing from a snag, and always after landing a fish. Along with this pull check, run that length of line between your fingers. Feeling for line nicks and abrasion. 

 

I find a lot of problems doing this. Just cut the line (18 inches back) and retie. A few times with the pull check, the lure came right off with what felt like minimum pressure. Maybe a pound or two - literally nothing. 

 

Karl

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As stated above, it really could be anything. A few years ago I got new line over the winter, went fishing and was breaking off like crazy. Long story short, the line was dried out and was junk. Bought new line, respooled and had no problems.

 

Like @Catt say, it's fishing and not catching.

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I just threw a 1 lb spool of 15# mono away yesterday.  I tie an overhand knot and if I can break it it's gone.

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Fish on unless it happens again. Then I'd change something. 

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I've had that feeling many times. I had 8lb. Fins braid do that recently. Now I tend to avoid it. Funny, I used my 6lb. to wrestle 3 & 4 lbrs. under a storm drain with no problems. My biggest concern is that the fish gets free of my lure when I break off.

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If it happened just this once, consider it normal and don't give it a second thought.  If it happens a lot, your knots are either bad OR you have old or junky line.  

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For slow moving baits like a Texas rig it seems like you can break fluorocarbon easily on quick jerk hooksets. I had a tendency to break even invizx frequently upon hookset, even when using a line friendly knot like the San Diego Jam knot. I solved this problem by converting all my jigs and texas rig style baits to mono line leaders. Mono seems to take the quick set a bit better.

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My similar experience was a knot issue. I don’t think I did a proper pass through of the hook on my Palomar knot loop. While I was fumbling about I think the hook might have popped back through the loop I fed it through before I cinched it down.

 

Fish hit, I Set the hook, fish went running and knot came undone. 

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You can ponder it til the end of time but you'll never know. All you can do is try to avoid it going forward and keep a close check on your knots and line. I've been there and it definitely sucks. Lost one similarly this spring in a tournament that cost me a few hundred bucks. Ate at me for a while but no way of knowing why it happened 

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Got to thinking, I wonder if I had that Muskie on.

 

 

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