Leader length for flathead catfish

Discussion in 'Flathead Catfish' started by GETHOOKED, May 15, 2007.

  1. GETHOOKED

    GETHOOKED New Member

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    I have been experimenting with leader length, and was wondering what was the most common, or most productive length. I am fishing a river section that seems to have a lot of moss, algea growth a foot or so up from the bottom. My weight and usually my bait gets caught up in this mess, and decreases my chances for bites. I usually get bit when I change baits, in the first minute or so, after that NADA. SO what is everyone's favorite leader length---and why??????:0a23:
     
  2. JAinSC

    JAinSC Active Member

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    18"

    Why? Who knows. I really have no good reason. Just seems like a decent compromise. I want the bait to have a bit of room to swim, but no too much.
     

  3. poisonpits

    poisonpits Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    just figure the avrage depth and add a cat bobber to suspend your bait about 12 to 18 inches above the weeds they will find it.
     
  4. JMarrs328

    JMarrs328 New Member

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    hey guys, what pound test leader do use?
     
  5. kickin_wing

    kickin_wing New Member

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    I make my leader length acording to the current. If i am fishin in slower current i will use a longer leader such as 18 in or so. If the current is fast i will shorten it up to around 6 or 8 in. . Reason being is if your leader is to long in the fast current it will be harder for the catfish to bite it because it is moving around to much. I usualy use a 30 or 40 lb leader when im river fishing.
     
  6. Mickey

    Mickey New Member Supporting Member

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    I run a 24" leader when I have the moss conditions. I also add a small crappie float a few inches above my bait/hook. This will cause the bait to stay above the moss. The float is 2.5 inch in line type with pegs.:lol: :big_smile:
     
  7. Skipper

    Skipper New Member

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    I ditto kickin wing. Sometimes I go shorter than 6 inches. Mostly use same test as main line 30lb to 20 lb line.
     
  8. Ed1

    Ed1 New Member

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    Depends on water conditions and structure that I am fishing 6 " to 24 " on the average though Id say 16"
     
  9. massa_jorge

    massa_jorge New Member

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    i use 30" leaders fishing vertically, 10" leaders in snags. want the bait to have some room to struggle and get the message out. i use 45 pound big game, hasn't let me down yet. main line is 50 and 60 pound power pro, also faithful!
     
  10. CJ21

    CJ21 New Member

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    Leaders depend on how high u wont ur bait off the bottom.
     
  11. GMC FishHauler

    GMC FishHauler New Member

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    lately ive been using the steel leaders with 2 oz of lead on bottom and my bait 10" and 20" from bottom
     
  12. river scum

    river scum New Member

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    leaders i use are 6-8inches, same line as the main line. short leader to keep the bait from tangleing me up.
     
  13. Game_Of_Inches

    Game_Of_Inches New Member

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    I agree with Kicknwing and Skipper I adjust my leaders according to the speed of the current I'm fishing. I also agree with poisonpits if its weeds or really soft bottom you should probably add a float. You can use a traditional float approach like line, float, split shots, bait or use a slip sinker rig and put the float on your leader half way between swivel and bait. JMars if I'm fishing an open water situation I my leader is typically the same weight as the main line, but if I'm fishing have cover like log jams or big rocks I'll use trot line rope for my leader. It doesn't seem to affect the fish at all where I fish.