Flat-Line Fix

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When trolling in a small boat, sometimes the bait skips out of the water. We use this flat-line release to decrease the angle of entry and reduce skipping. Get a 2" diameter suction cup and drill a small hole through the nipple. Insert the snap of a snap swivel through the hole and attach a flat-line-style roller release clip to the other end of the swivel. When the flat-line bait skips, attach the suction cup to the side of the cowling of the outboard motor, then run the line through the release clip.

—Reed Thompson, Raleigh, North Carolina