OK....explain the rest of your leader

Discussion in 'LOCAL SOUTH CAROLINA TALK' started by LOWCOUNTRY CATMAN, Aug 16, 2009.

  1. LOWCOUNTRY CATMAN

    LOWCOUNTRY CATMAN New Member

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    I have learned alot on here in my short time which proves that sometimes you can teach an old dog new tricks.What I want to ask here is,
    assuming you tie a leader line on your mainline,what else do you employ on the leader.I always used to use a swivel to tie my leader on,but now I tie it on using an albright knot,so where do you guys put your sinker?
    Do you put the sinker on with a bead before the knot for the leader?
     
  2. SWeiss

    SWeiss New Member

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    I slide a sinker onto my main line, then a bead. Then I tie on a swivel. Then I snell the hook onto the leader and tie the leader onto the swivel.

    Sometimes I slide a small hot pink bead down to the hook on my leader as well. It seems to act as a bit of a attractant.

    If you are fishing with live bait, I recommend the swivel so your baitfish doesn't twist up your line while its swimming around down there.
     

  3. brownie525

    brownie525 New Member

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    Carolina rig for me. snell my hook that attach the leader and main line to the swivel with polamor knots. 40lb big game leader and a 20lb main line
     

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  4. WylieCat

    WylieCat Well-Known Member

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    "...what else do you employ on the leader..."

    A float when I am drifting or when I am in current to float the bait off the bottom.

    Oh ya, A HOOK!!! :smile2:
     
  5. LOWCOUNTRY CATMAN

    LOWCOUNTRY CATMAN New Member

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    I was referring to where they put their sinker...before or after the knot for the leader....and do they use beads,etc.
     
  6. Mickey

    Mickey New Member Supporting Member

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    Good post and I agree with it. I also add a float on the leader at times to get the bait off bottom.
     
  7. billfish76

    billfish76 Active Member

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    Thats going to depend on how much line your using for your "leader". If your using a 20' piece ontop of your braid, then I would still tie on a swivel and put my bead and weight above that on your topshot of mono. You want to use a swivel, chunks of bait dont come back in straight, 99% of the time they spin. If your in current it might always spin.
     
  8. SWeiss

    SWeiss New Member

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    Right on Mickey. I use a 3" cigar float between my swivel and my hook for that exact reason. Since the rocks in the river now own the last two I used, I have been using round plastic bobbers until I buy more.

    I don't worry about a weight stop even with the float because I fish with a tight line and a baitrunner. Everything stays put and the fish can still run with the bait.
     
  9. Catfish_Scooter

    Catfish_Scooter New Member

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    Yes my leader comes with the barrel swivel rig. Thread the egg sinker and bead on the mainline then tie the barrel on then the bottom eye tie the leader. :wink:
     
  10. Arkansascatman777

    Arkansascatman777 New Member

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    Keith, I would strongly suggest you think about using a swivel, when running leaders it is a necessary evil. Don't skimp on quality, buy a good swivel. The true test of a swivel is if it will turn freely under a load. Spro power swivel is one of many good brands, I use a #2 rated for 230 lbs.
     
  11. SWeiss

    SWeiss New Member

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