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A representative example of an 8-ounce lead sinker rigged to break away while angling tarpon using live-bait fishing methods in Boca Grande Pass from 2002 to 2004. The lead sinkers (commonly 6 to 8 ounces) were threaded onto a piece of copper wire that had one end secured tightly to the bottom eye of the swivel and the other wrapped loosely around the leader so the lead weight would break away when angling tarpon.  


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