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Old 03-08-2008, 06:19 PM   #1
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So when I get really bored, I tie leaders. So many at a time, that for most tournaments, I have no pre-rigging to do because I have done so much ahead of time. As for some free time I am going to have on my spring break next week, I figured I would sit on the dock and rig naturals (more specifically, spanish, mullet, and squid (sword rigs) ). It got me to thinking, can you freeze leaders? We get a lot of our naturals pre-riggedfrom Baitmasters down in south Florida, and I am 100% sure those sit in our bait freezer, and it doesn't seem to affect the mono, but I could be wrong. So, is it ok to freeze leaders?
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Old 03-08-2008, 06:34 PM   #2
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I would think freezing once would be ok but i don't think I would refreeze one and trust it on big fish. I couldn't find anything online. You might call your leader company and ask them if they've ever tested their leaders after freezing.

Since you'll be on spring break, freeze a few and keep a few standards from the same coil. Test some of the frozen ones against the standards. Let a few thaw out , refreeze them and test them. It might not be scientific but it should give you a pretty good idea how they hold up.
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Old 03-08-2008, 06:43 PM   #3
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I mean it's gotta work; Baitmasters sends us our mullet and spanish pre-rigged and frozen, and we've never had a leader fail.
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There ya go! I still would be reluctant to refreeze them but I'm no chemist.
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Old 03-08-2008, 06:51 PM   #5
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try and talk with brant peacher about it... he is a rep for ande monofilament and owner hooks. he should know a little something about preservation of hooks and leader material.

personal experience: ive rigged plenty of ballyhoo and spanish days (or even a week or two) before tournaments and frozen them. never had a problem, but we never ran any tests on the line after it was frozen. good luck!
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Old 03-08-2008, 07:40 PM   #6
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On another note, I wouldn't trust a pre-rig when big money is on the line.
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Old 03-08-2008, 09:36 PM   #7
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Freespool (3/8/2008)On another note, I wouldn't trust a pre-rig when big money is on the line.


We have had great succcess with the pre-rigs. I still check all of them though to make sure leaders actually made it thru hook eyes, etc. The only ones we get from Baitmasters though are the mullets and spanish.
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Old 03-08-2008, 09:40 PM   #8
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Unless you are freezing your baits and leaders to around say -150 deg below 0 C, you won't have any problems. There is no water in the nylon line, which does not freeze, so no expansion and contraction to weaken the line. I cannot comment on what would happen if you used liquid Nitrogen but I assume you don't have that at the dock.
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Old 03-09-2008, 05:17 AM   #9
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when fishing in norway or denmark on the winter the line often gets covered in a solid 2 inch ice block. it doesnt effect it at all. never had any problems withe my leaders or main line. acually i didnt even had problems with braided line.
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I'd be more concerned about heat. Seems storing mono in the garage or on the boat results in it becoming brittle.
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