I think most catfisherman have the same problem. That is breaking off your rig when you are hopelessly hung up. With the heavy line and leader its real tough sometimes trying to break off. I don't like to put excess pull on my rod, reel, or drag. I used to rap my line around my boat paddle but this is a pain sometimes, because the paddle is always out of reach when you need it. What I did was cut off a 18" piece of an old sledge hammer handle. I made mine a little shorter than my tackle bag, I keep it in the bottom of my tackle bag so I can keep up with it. You pull your line tight , rap the break off stick four or five raps and pull. It works great and really saves line cuts on your hands. Makes a good little billie too if you were to ever need it.