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BD Quick Tip – Frayed Lines

Dealing With Frayed Lines

Here is the scenario of frayed lines:

You are reeling in one of your trolling rods, guiding the line with your finger when you feel a rough spot slide across your skin. You pull it back out and see a fray from an unknown event.  It is about a rigger length out and you know you need to cut it out, but your bait is still dragging.

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Tie a quick knot of any kind on top of the fray to mark its place in the spool.  Then finish reeling in your bait.

Everyone sits and studies the fray!  If you have to think about it, change it!

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Now when you peel the line off the spool you will know exactly where the problem is and eliminate the “wondering if it came off and you missed it” question.  This will save time in getting it back out.  Ideally, I like to have another rod rigged and standing by with the bait sitting in a bucket of icy seawater.  This can replace a disable bait or rod quickly and then re-rig or tie the rod that’s down for whatever the reason.  It also doubles as a pitchbait at the ready.

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Capt. Scott Goodwin started fishing in the lakes of Kentucky where he grew up. A move to Florida, however, brought him into a whole new realm of fishing. After receiving a bachelor's degree in biology from Eckerd College, he decided that he liked catching fish more than studying them and thus began his career as a captain. Scott began working as a mate on a charter boat and worked his way up to captain. He has been fortunate to fish in some of the top locations on the globe, including Florida, Panama, Costa Rica, Mexico and the Bahamas. Scott has learned from some of the best captains in the sport and has more than 27 years experience as a professional fisherman. He openly shares his knowledge and fishing tips on BD. Scott is now the editor of BDOutdoors.