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A representative rig used by anglers practicing the traditional live-bait fishing method observed during the tarpon catch-and-release mortality study in Boca Grande Pass from 2002 to 2004. Main lines were typically Dacron, or other braided line, tied to a swivel. Leaders were long (11 feet on average) and made of heavy 100- to 130-pound test monofilament or wire, as depicted here. Leaders were attached to forged “J” hooks (example shown is a nonforged 7/0 “J” hook). Lead sinkers were attached directly to the swivel using copper wire rigged in a way that would break away when angling a tarpon.  


Image Credit: FWC



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