Fishing Tip: check your leader line often


Slide rule: Along Florida’s Gulf coast and in other saltwater hot-spots, savvy anglers check their fly or lure as a matter of course after catching a fish. But also remember to run your hand down the last two feet or so of your leader to check for frays or cuts. Snook, for example, are notorious for beating up fishing line. A marked-up leader is highly visible and prone to breaking if you hang into a good fish. If it’s scuffed, take the few minutes it takes to tie on a new one. It’ll result in more strikes and fewer lost fish.

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