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Old 12-29-2019, 09:41 PM   #1
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Default Winter prep of leaders and tackle....

OK,,, trying to get a game plan for when the weather breaks. I am still in the learning phase and trying to KISS...

1. there are a LOT of hook styles, sizes and material. In general drop fishing
A. if you can only select a couple: what sizes and what shape would you pick
B. what size fluorocarbon and what length
C. do you use a swivel at the end
D. do you use different style/size hooks with live bait and another for dead

2. for jigging, again a whole bunch of options
A. do you use a leader with a lure ? what length and size ?

3. When you see a lot of "action" on top of the water, feeding I assume, is there a "good" lure to throw to the mix or is it better to to throw live or frozen?

thanks in advance,,,
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All of those questions depend on the species that I am targeting.
Are we grouper fishing, snapper fishing, or mingo fishing?
I usually have a flouro leader for sight fishing because you never know how spooky the fish will be until you throw at them.
I use a swivel if I am throwing wire, all others get a mono-mono connection.
I match my hooks with the bait size and the target species.
When I jig, I use a leader and a top shot. I use long leaders most of the time I am in the 10+ feet range. That is oout of convenience for break offs and reties..
Nervous water all depends on what I think it is.

All the above said, I keep a crap load of rods rigged and ready. I dont get much opportunity to go as I once did so I am loaded to the gills when we go.
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What Walton County said. Swivels on all bottom rigs because you're apt to get some twist regardless of how well you hook your bait. Pieces of pool noodles and toothpicks for wrapping pre-made leaders make things simple.
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What Catchemall said, pre rig a bunch of rigs and use a pool noodle to keep them stored: hook it and wrap around several times.
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Wow... Thanks
all...
Couple follow up ??
what test leader (assume floro,,, how long) is it a function of the hook size

Are circle hooks better or worse than "J" style

in order to protect species that break off shouldn't a regular steel hook be used?

many thanks
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If fishing for reef fish must use a circle hook ( it's the law)
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Wow... Thanks
all...
Couple follow up ??
what test leader (assume floro,,, how long) is it a function of the hook size

Are circle hooks better or worse than "J" style

in order to protect species that break off shouldn't a regular steel hook be used?

many thanks
For red snapper I usually use 30 to 50lb leader depending what kind of structure I'm on. Downsize if the bite is real finicky.
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