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Old 03-03-2011, 09:12 PM   #1
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I am fishing in 80' or less of water. When dropping a Carolina rig w live bait on it, how long do you make your leaders? How do you keep the leader from winding around the main line during the drop? I've slowly sent them down but that takes forever ( to me ) and I'm sure it still is trying to wind around the main line. When there's a strong current, I can see the bait being held down stream.
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It may be where u are hooking the bait, I put in its eyes but it will still tangle leader need to be 6 to 10 feet
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I just cast out a ways rather than just drop straight down. Length of leader is dependent on length of fish I expect and if they are being picky, I lengthen the leader so the fish might not bust me for the swivel.

I always use a bead to keep the sinker from hanging up on the swivel eye...

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The leader length is my problem then. Guess I've been thinking in inches instead of feet.
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The leader length is my problem then. Guess I've been thinking in inches instead of feet.
When I fish for Red Snapper I use 5-6'
AJs 10-12' but I'm usually fishing in 150'-250' of water
Grouper 7'-8'

With Black Snappers I'll use as much as 10-12' of Fluro and as light 20lb if they're acting finicky.

If I'm using long leaders I'll "clear" the leader. This is basically when the weight reaches the bottom or the depth I want to fish at I'll bring the rod from 3:00 to 12:00 in a fairly quick motion and then slowing bring the rod from 12:00-3:00. This will help unwind it for the most part.

I always hook my live bait through the lips as well.

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I've been thinking in inches instead of feet.
For the most part, I start out with about 4 feet of leader... I will cut a few inches off near the hook to cover any chafing a few times before making a new leader up. Generally I don't want under 2 feet of leader. Some times I will tie on 6 footers though.

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i used to have the same issue as well. now i put swivel to main line then a foot or less leader for the egg weight then another swivel and then main leader. keeping the weight from running up and down the main line keeps the line from wrapping when dropping down. also tail hooking live baits can cause a lot of line wrapping too.
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Thanks for the reply's guys. What I started to do also (don't know if it's right or wrong) is to tie a loop section of mono off the swivel so I can thread on weights. If not heavy enough, I could always add another weight without cutting line and retying.
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