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Old 11-04-2011, 06:28 PM   #1
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Is it necessary to use a mono leader (to decrease visibility of the line) when fishing with braid in deeper water? Obviously on the flats a leader is critical and I understand it depends on what species your targeting but for example trolling for redfish in the pass? What about for grouper and other bottom fish?
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I always tie about 8 ft of fluoro or mono onto my braid for bottom fishing or jigging. It helps not only with visibility, but ease of knot tying and as a "breakaway" should you hang up. Much better to lose the short piece of mono or fluoro rather than 100ft of braid.
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I always use a leader (mono or wire) because braid is not very durable against the abrasive nature of fish scales etc..
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I always use a leader (mono or wire) because braid is not very durable against the abrasive nature of fish scales etc..
A lot of people don't realize it, but against certain surfaces, braid offers less abrasion resistance than mono. I posted this once but caught a bunch of argument over it so I wasn't gonna repost. I'm glad you did. A nice thick section of 50-80lb mono will keep you from getting cut off in structure better than the braid.
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This is my opinion just based upon what I have encountered. I know I dont fish offshore as much as some on this site so someone else might have other opinions. I use a long leader when bottom fishing with Braid. It seems that I loose alot of big red snapper/grouper when fishing with a short (3' or less) flouro/mono leader. My theory is that when the fish begin to shake their head the lack of stretch with braid actually works against you and causes more break offs. I typically fish with about a 10-15 ft leader. It makes it a bit more of a pain in the ass since you do have to handline a little bit but I loose fewer fish which is a good trade off with me. Also it makes rerigging a little bit easier as I can cutoff some leader to retie.

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With regards to spinning gear, does anyone run into the problem of the knot getting caught in the guides when casting? I use a uni to uni splice and it happened to me once on light spinning gear once. I also didn't hardcoat the knot that time which may have caused it?
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This is my opinion just based upon what I have encountered. I know I dont fish offshore as much as some on this site so someone else might have other opinions. I use a long leader when bottom fishing with Braid. It seems that I loose alot of big red snapper/grouper when fishing with a short (3' or less) flouro/mono leader. My theory is that when the fish begin to shake their head the lack of stretch with braid actually works against you and causes more break offs. I typically fish with about a 10-15 ft leader. It makes it a bit more of a pain in the ass since you do have to handline a little bit but I loose fewer fish which is a good trade off with me. Also it makes rerigging a little bit easier as I can cutoff some leader to retie.

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Use and Braid to Mono knot and you can wind all the way to the tip and not handline.
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