TIE YOUR FIRST SHOCKLEADER
When fishing from the shore, it’s vitally important to use a shockleader. This enables you to cast quite hard without the fear of your mainline snapping mid-cast and hurtling your baited rig down the beach. The rule of thumb is: for every ounce of lead weight you use, you must use at least 10lb of shockleader. If you use a 5oz sinker, add a 50lb shockleader; 6oz for 60lb, and so on.
The amount of shockleader you use is generally the length of your rod plus six turns around the reel spool.
Tie a figure-of-eight knot near the end of your chosen breaking strain of shockleader.
Thread end of mainline through knot in the leader, pull line through and tighten knot.
Take line five times round leader, then form a loop and pass five times inside loop.
Pull on mainline to tighten the knot so it is ready to secure against knot in shockleader.
Moisten with saliva and ease the knot in mainline so it butts against leader knot.
Using a pair of sharp scissors, trim off the tag ends of the mainline and shockleader.