Double X Super Shock Leader

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It is often said that the most important thing between you and a hooked fish is the line of your reel. Although this is probably true, I would argue that it is the last piece of line (the leader) that is actually the most important because this crucial piece of line is usually short, has a minimum of two knots (one to the main line and one to the lure or a swivel), visible to an approaching fish, in direct contact with a hooked fish (sometimes also its teeth!) and is most exposed to all submerged obstacles such as rocks and tree stumps. Therefore, the most important features to consider when choosing a leader line are abrasion resistance, knot strength, visibility, shock strength and the thickness to breaking strain ratio.

It is for these reasons that high density fluorocarbon lines have become the universal “leader” for types of fishing. The chemical process of bonding fluorine to carbon creates a product with a higher density than monofilament nylon lines and extremely higher abrasion resistance capabilities. Fluorocarbon lines also have very low light reflective properties making them less visible underwater. In addition, they are UV resistant and do not absorb water, making them more durable and longer lasting. It is important to note that fluorocarbon lines range from 100% fluorocarbon (e.g. Double X Fluorocarbon) to fluoro-coated or fluoro-combo lines such as Double X Super Shock Leader). I have used both types of fluorocarbon leaders and have come to favour the more flexible Double X Super Shock Leader for a number of reasons. Firstly, it is cheaper but most importantly I like the flexibility, which allows for easily tying well seated knots onto lures (or lure clips). It also provides improved knot strength, particularly when attached to braid, resulting in a smooth fused knot as the braid bites into the leader. The more supple or limp Super Shock Leader has less memory making it more flexibility and hence ideal for fishing with artificial lures. It is also more buoyant and hence does not influence the action of small surface lures, which can get dragged down when using the faster sinking 100% fluorocarbon. When used with braid this line has excellent shock strength, which I think is aided by being slightly more flexible. This is particularly important during the final stages of fighting a fish, in case it makes one last run or shake of its head prior to being landed. Lastly, The Double X Super Shock Leader has a very good thickness to breaking strain ratio. For light tackle estuary lure fishing I use the 0.38-0.45mm (20-30 lb breaking strain), for surf fishing I use 0.70mm (60lb) and for offshore spinning I use 0.90-1.20mm (100-120lb).

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The results speak for themselves……

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