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Looking for advice on how to keep the line from breaking when a big salmon hits my wire diver rig (Magnum Dipsy).  I use a shock absorber and fish with a 30# leader, but when a large fish hits, either the leader breaks or the wire breaks, usually right after the hookset.  I use Okuma Convector reels, and the drag needs to be tight to prevent the line from paying out while trolling. Would adding another rubber snubber help?  Any advice it appreciated! 

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Something's not working here (obviously because you're snapping off). 

Knots aren't being tried right.

Drags are not smooth enough.

Diver release is too tight.

Wire quality wire isn't good - or old, or it's allowed to kink.

 

What brand of leader and wire do you have?  I've been running 25 or 30 on flouro leaders for years, and have snapped off like 2 divers - due to wire links.  Used to run snubbers but find i get better hookups without.

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I had the same problem two years ago, I broke off and lost multiple dipsey's and rigs.  I loosened the tension on my dipsey and my drag is set so line will come out of the reel once in a while when trolling but when a fish hits, its rips the wire out.  Then I let the fish run as long as it wants and then start working in the fish.  I always check the first 20 feet of wire as well multiple times per year because kinks will definitely break you off.  I'm probably $200 in the hole from the set ups I've lost due to broken wire!!!  That didn't make the wife real happy when I have to replace things multiple times per year. 

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Thanks a ton - The wire is 7-strand Blood Run made for wire divers (at least 30#) and 30# flouro leader about 6 feet with snubber.  I use quality roller-guide 9 foot rods, Eagle Claw and Okuma.  The wire kinks might have been the issue this time since it was the first time using that rod this year.  Also going to check the dipsy tension so it releases more easily.  What knots do you use to tie the snap swivel to the wire?  Interesting about the hook-up.  Should i try leaving the rod in the holder when a fish hits for the first 5-10 seconds or so?  Not sure which is best have lost them either way, whether i grab the rod or when it sits in holder and then snaps.  Thanks for the feedback, It has been one of the hottest rods on my boat since i started with it 3-4 years ago.  But the truly big fish seem to break off every time!

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It's not the wire. Loosen the drag, check setting on the diver, and quit setting the hook on a diver. I use 50lb mono for leader between snubber and flasher and 25lb for spoons. Haven't lost a diver in years or broke off a flasher.

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Always store wire with tension,  I trim back curly q's every few trips. And use twilli tips on the rods eagle claw rollers suck.

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I set my drags just tight enough to stop the clicker. You can always tighten the drag a bit after the first big run. I have never  "set the hook" with a wire diver and have never broken a fish off using this technique. 

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Thank you. I use okuma convectors and think I have the drag set lightly but will have to modify. 

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Loosen the drag and then install a rubber band to hold The wire from Paying out! 

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How and where do you suggest installing a rubber band (to stop the line from paying out), on the inside of the spool or mandrel?   Just trying to imagine where and having trouble.  

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How and where do you suggest installing a rubber band (to stop the line from paying out), on the inside of the spool or mandrel?   Just trying to imagine where and having trouble.  


He’s referring to half-hitching the rubber band around the wire directly in front of the reel, then hook the rubber band around the reel or handle.



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I have to agree with jdh. All of those could definitely be your issue. You could also have a sharp point in your rod rollers or tip. Where are you breaking off? After the dipsy, at the rod tip, etc? That will help diagnose.


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Thanks on the rubber band tips - assume the rubber band hitch will have enough friction to hold on the wire and not slide....I'll try it!

The breakoffs are rarely on the wire, but first time out this year i didnt cut the first 10-20 feet off and retie so that was the problem that particular time.  Mainly the flouro leader breaks (i increased from 30# to 40#) or like the last time the actual manufactures hook knot failed and i lost the meat head.  With the increase in leader and the rubber band trick I'm hoping the line will pay out easier when a large fish strikes, thanks so much!

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Thanks on the rubber band tips - assume the rubber band hitch will have enough friction to hold on the wire and not slide....I'll try it!
The breakoffs are rarely on the wire, but first time out this year i didnt cut the first 10-20 feet off and retie so that was the problem that particular time.  Mainly the flouro leader breaks (i increased from 30# to 40#) or like the last time the actual manufactures hook knot failed and i lost the meat head.  With the increase in leader and the rubber band trick I'm hoping the line will pay out easier when a large fish strikes, thanks so much!


Definitely check your diver tension. The shock absorber will help but wire has zero stretch so it’s important that the diver releases and then lets the drag do the work. I try to keep the diver release as light as possible, sometimes having to pull it back in, tighten the tension, and reset it because it was too light and tripped on its own.


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I  Loosen  the drag so it just starts to click out and then I put the rubber band on and it’ll hold the wire Until the fish strike and breaks the rubber band then I start To Tighten the Drag and fight the fish! Something’s Gotta give so it might as well be the rubber band no more lost tackle due to having to drag too tight some people wonder why the snaps and Hooks straight out it’s because they’ have there drags Set too tight!

Take care and good fishing

 

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