Q: What is rub­bing leader and what does it do? What types of fish­ing is it for?

Sea Angler (UK) - - SEA SCHOOL -

PETER MA­SON, LICH­FIELD, STAFFS

DL says: A rub­bing leader is a short length of heavy line, usu­ally around 15-20ft, tied be­tween the hook and the main­line.

Its pur­pose is to pre­vent the line break­ing off, rather than be­ing bit­ten off, which can oc­cur when tar­get­ing cer­tain species of fish that can be­come wrapped in the line dur­ing the fight, no­tably bill­fish, tuna and tar­pon.

Rub­bing lead­ers are used for shark fish­ing, too, but in­clude a short length of wire be­tween leader and hook, to pre­vent bite-offs.

A rub­bing leader is fit­ted be­tween the hook­length and the main­line. Pro­tec­tion

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