Finally upgrading to larger equipment. Should I do 20lb main line w/ 15 lb leader -or- 30lb main line w/ 20lb leader? Going mono... Bad experiences with flouracarbon. Braid will end up cutting my fingers off.
I use 25 lb mono and a 25 pound flouro leader. I have found that with my type of fishing where I purposely drag baits over rocks and through trees, 20 lb is just not enough. Once I moved up to 25, break offs became a thing of the past.
I also believe in cutting off some main line and replacing leaders after every catch or after long outings. Fins and planer board clips weaken line.
With the bait I use, it's not uncommon to fish for long periods of time before getting the opportunity to hook into a nice fish. I no longer accept losing out on these sometimes rare opportunities.
Post by catsnstripers on Feb 23, 2019 18:33:31 GMT -5
Yam is spot on. Only difference I use is 30lb main and 30lb floro leader. Certain tree laid areas I step up to 40lb floro leader. But 90% its 30.
I rarely go less leader ln rating than main. My theory is I'd rather lose that tackle due to a solid snag than lose a fish for my leader was not enough for the fish in the snag.
I've never really worried with line visibility with heavier leaders being floro is suppose to be less visible anyways. Plus when if a striper hits an umbrella rig (which I dont use) full of wires, spinners. Lead, hooks etc. A lil heavier leader shouldnt matter.
If your having bad luck with floro. Check the brands. Some are junk. I swear by yozuri disappearing pink, only other leader I use is Seagur.also if your knots are breaking make sure you super wet them before you tighten them down. Also stay away from a clinch knot. Palomar at the swivel, smelled at the hook.