steel leaders

Discussion in 'Gar Fishing' started by cliff n york, Jan 3, 2008.

  1. cliff n york

    cliff n york New Member

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    when fishing for gar, useing a rope lure, do you use a steel leader. if yes what weight an how long of a leader are you useing. also do you use any other type of lure
     
  2. C_wernett

    C_wernett New Member

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    I've never used a leader, and have caught them on as light at 4# test without a cut off...not break offs occure, but I've never had my line cut. If a fish does cut your line, it will more then likely occure where the tip of the nose crosses the line where there are exposed teeth. I know the teeth are there by getting smacked after landing.
     

  3. DCcatfisher

    DCcatfisher New Member

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    I never use steel leaders and have caught them while catfishing, although I do use a 18"- 24" 50lb monofilament leader when catfishing I never had one break me off.
     
  4. tncatfishing

    tncatfishing New Member

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    clk. tn
    I have caught gar when I was catfishing, but I wasn't using a steel leader, just my usual heavy duty line for catting.
     
  5. montgomery#1

    montgomery#1 New Member

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    ogden utah
    do you live in the lexington area. if you do i would like to know where to go for some gar for some thing to do with my nephews and niece.
     
  6. dan beauchemin

    dan beauchemin New Member

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    MA
    u sacrifice some action, but it does not mean having to sacrifice a fish
     
  7. natethegreat

    natethegreat New Member

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    north carolina
    i usually allways use a steel leader just to play it safe
     
  8. ARMYCATS

    ARMYCATS New Member

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    State:
    Georgia
    when im actually targeting gar i always use a steel leader... just in case
     
  9. ArmyCatfish

    ArmyCatfish New Member

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    Georgia
    when i am actualy targeting gar i use a steel leader about a 12" one its just one of those things. JUST IN CASE all it takes is one of those teeth to rake your line and good bye big gar
     
  10. back channel

    back channel Member

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    Pittsburgh, PA
    I have never used a leader for gar. I have never had a broken line either. It has been mangled before, thats all.
     
  11. captain kirko

    captain kirko New Member

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    State:
    Indiana
    steel Leader's are for some who need the assurance they are in control.

    I am always "out of control":wink:

    No leader, anything that floats, RAZOR SHARP HOOKS, and tie on anything that looks like a dying or crippled minnow and you are in business!
     
  12. craddock1

    craddock1 Active Member

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    TENNESSEE
    a couple years ago i was finding a lot of my jugs with hooks cut off and catching a lot of gar. I put steel leaders on all my jugs. most of them broke the first night. I went back to heavy line when i pulled up a 40 pound flat and the leader snapped at the boat. I was using 160 lb steel leader with barrell swivels on both ends. the fish would just twist them in two.
     
  13. Shreveport Mike

    Shreveport Mike New Member

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    State:
    louisiana
    I've never used a steel leader.