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#11162415 - 10/13/15 08:33 PM Line breaking with tungsten
brobro70 Offline
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Registered: 08/19/13
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Loc: Dallas
Anyone had problems with their line breaking while using tungsten weights? I have been fishing them for years and recently was using some of the new strike king 3/8 with no insert and broke off several times while setting the hook...Never had this problem before. Im using 15lb big game and some florocarbon. Any help would be appreciated.

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#11162427 - 10/13/15 08:37 PM Re: Line breaking with tungsten [Re: brobro70]
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Need to use the tungsten with the inserts. Or retired often.
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#11162502 - 10/13/15 08:55 PM Re: Line breaking with tungsten [Re: brobro70]
SKEETER_MAN_225 Offline
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Check the inside of the weight might have some rough spots. I had this happen to me on some "cheap" tungsten without inserts
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#11162577 - 10/13/15 09:11 PM Re: Line breaking with tungsten [Re: brobro70]
timwins31 Offline
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I've had that problem with those exact same tungsten. Some of the SK ones come really rough around the edges. I had to file some and I threw some away.

The other thing is a bead, are you using a glass bead? I learned the hard way that tungsten will crack and chip class beads, which will absolutely shred your line.

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#11162662 - 10/13/15 09:43 PM Re: Line breaking with tungsten [Re: brobro70]
98Champion Offline
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Registered: 03/17/13
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I hate to tell you this but just throw those strike king tungsten weights in the trash. I had the exact same problem with those weights and I've got a ton of them but quit using them due to this same problem. I switched to the Picasso tungsten and have never had the problem again. SK tungsten is very harsh on fluorocarbon and frays it really bad.

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#11162756 - 10/13/15 10:21 PM Re: Line breaking with tungsten [Re: brobro70]
Trickster Offline
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Slide it up and down you line real hard with pressure on the line. Feel the line to see if messed it up. If so let them know. That's not good if it is so.
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#11162777 - 10/13/15 10:29 PM Re: Line breaking with tungsten [Re: Madman Phoenix]
Fork-Legend211 Offline
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Originally Posted By: Madman Phoenix
Need to use the tungsten with the inserts. Or retired often.


This^... There are some cheaper tungstens that don't have them and will damage the line.
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#11163095 - 10/14/15 07:25 AM Re: Line breaking with tungsten [Re: brobro70]
west tex angler Offline
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I buy all of my tungston weights at Angler Pro Tackle, so I don't know what brand they are but I have never had a problem with them and they don't have an insert.
I do check to make sure they are smooth inside and out, with no sharp edges.


Edited by west tex angler (10/14/15 07:26 AM)
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#11163104 - 10/14/15 07:31 AM Re: Line breaking with tungsten [Re: brobro70]
fouzman Offline
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I had the same issue with the SK tungsten. Dunno if it's rough edges or that coarse paint job, but something about them frayed my line. Nothing but Picasso for me these days.
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#11163150 - 10/14/15 07:58 AM Re: Line breaking with tungsten [Re: brobro70]
horseplaydvm Offline
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Don't use inserts. Bad recommendation. The inserts cause friction on fluorocarbon line and will weaken the line. Problem is either the weights themselves are not smooth bore, glass beads that are chipped, your rod tip insert is damaged, or you simply have a bad spool of line.
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#11163194 - 10/14/15 08:18 AM Re: Line breaking with tungsten [Re: brobro70]
pil,b Offline
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Registered: 05/30/11
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Loc: abilene,texas
Picasso or Echo pro with out inserts. fish

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#11163225 - 10/14/15 08:29 AM Re: Line breaking with tungsten [Re: brobro70]
Txduckhunter Offline
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Registered: 02/19/02
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I started using bobber stops and it stopped the issue. Hard to fray the line when it's pegged and can't slide.

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#11163428 - 10/14/15 10:06 AM Re: Line breaking with tungsten [Re: brobro70]
C.C. Near Nuthin Offline
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Registered: 03/06/12
Posts: 261
Loc: Midlothian, Tx
this
"I switched to the Picasso tungsten and have never had the problem again. SK tungsten is very harsh on fluorocarbon and frays it really bad."

and this
"I started using bobber stops and it stopped the issue. Hard to fray the line when it's pegged and can't slide."

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#11163873 - 10/14/15 12:57 PM Re: Line breaking with tungsten [Re: west tex angler]
Fish AKA Jerry Offline
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Registered: 12/01/05
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Originally Posted By: west tex angler
I buy all of my tungston weights at Angler Pro Tackle, so I don't know what brand they are but I have never had a problem with them and they don't have an insert.
I do check to make sure they are smooth inside and out, with no sharp edges.


I used to have issues until I started buying Anglers Pro Tackle also.
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#11163937 - 10/14/15 01:19 PM Re: Line breaking with tungsten [Re: horseplaydvm]
fishnfireman Offline
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Registered: 09/28/08
Posts: 939
Loc: Amarillo
Originally Posted By: horseplaydvm
Don't use inserts. Bad recommendation. The inserts cause friction on fluorocarbon line and will weaken the line. Problem is either the weights themselves are not smooth bore, glass beads that are chipped, your rod tip insert is damaged, or you simply have a bad spool of line.

Someone needs to tell A-Mart about that. eeks
Last I knew the 2 time BASS AOY would not use one without inserts.. Put them in himself

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