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On my last vacation I set up a 9ft rod with 20lb test with a 3-way swivel, a 4 pyramid weight and a leader of 30 lb test with a 3/O circle hook. I was fishing on Oak Island at the Yaupon Pier, I lost three hooks, two rigs were completely gone, when a fish hit the line, which was baited with a baby blue or a croaker. I'm not really sure what I can do with the rod as this was my first time using it, being a gift from last year. Can anyone tell me if what I was doing is what the rod can be used for or if I did something wrong that resulted in the fish taking my line?
 

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In all likely hood being that you were using a live blue or croaker for bait it was probably a larger blue or a shark that hit it and cut it. Best use a steel leader when fishing with that kind of live bait on the pier.

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Put 20' of 40lb test line on your reel and use 40lb or 45 lb wire on the part of your leader between the swivel and the hook. Tie the 40 lb shock line to the running line with an albright special and to the 3 way swivel on the other end. loosen up on your drag. 5lbs of drag should be where you leave it when fishing. set your drag with a hanging type scale or a 5 lb weight. Loosen your drag when storing your rod and make sure you reset it properly before heading back down. If you still get cut of chances are it is a shark bigger than what you want to tangle with on that rig. You can try going up in leader size then but I wouldn't really reccomend it. Most of the time I would be using 30 lb mono on that rig for a leader also but when you keep getting cut off you got to do what you got to do. BTW welcome to the site.
 

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I have a question for you by the way. Have you ever floated the Lumber River between 74 and the park on Princess Anne Rd.? If so how was the fishing in that section. Anything to avoid? (besides Mosquitos & snakes)
 

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You can buy those two-hook rigs in wire instead of mono... And if you're don't recognize what SinkerMan suggested, take it to a tackle shop at the beach and ask them to put a shock leader on it for ya.

The first purpose of the shock leader is to stand up to the stress that comes from the cast -- you're hurling maybe 4 to 8 ounces, but when you sling the rod, that weight multiplies by the length of the moment arm and a variety of other physics questions. So it's not that tough to break 20-lb line on the cast. The second purpose of the shock leader is to resist abrasion from oysters and rocks on the bottom.

Bluefish and sharks have very sharp teeth -- if you want to catch them, or if you want your rigs to survive when they're around, your terminal tackle needs to be wire. Again, if you're uncomfortable with it, the tackle shop can help you out.

Finally -- losing hooks, rigs, and weights (and baits for that matter) is a part of the game. If you ever go out with a single hook, a single weight, and a single lure, and you bring it all home, you didn't try hard enough. If you're gonna be on the pier for a few hours, get maybe five or six rigs... You might not use but one or two, but they're pretty cheap. Get a few sizes and shapes of weights -- take what the shop recommends, and pick up one a size smaller and one a size bigger (if it's not too big for your gear). It's really an eye-opener when you develop enough of a feel for your tackle that you can tell the difference between a pyramid weight and a teardrop weight, and when you can feel it dragging in the sand and then hitting a rock. You don't have to go all-out and buy the whole tackle shop, but if you don't want to cut your outing short, you'll probably do better with about five bottom rigs than you will with one or two.

Whatever you do, enjoy it, come back and tell us about it, and then go do it again!!
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Lefty, his set up with just one hook works better for live bait. He was using the right type and size weight also. No oysters etc where he was fishing but sharks have very abrasive skin and the tails of a lot of fish will wear a line into if they hit the line with their tail often enough. That happens with big fish sometimes but usually on a long run and more often in the surf where you don't have much height above the water. I've seen it happen plenty of times on pier hooked fish though. Another line getter is the barnacles on the pier pilings which a big fish often heads for when you bring them to the pier. Also of lesser importance: the shock line is much easier on your finger when casting. Not knowing the brand and model # of the reel or the line capacity or what time of year this took place; I have no idea of what your outfit is capable of or what species you were encountering. Besides shark it could have been spanish mackerel, bluefish, king or possibly barracuda.
 
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