Tight or loose line

Discussion in 'LOCAL KENTUCKY TALK' started by brand270, Aug 2, 2009.

  1. brand270

    brand270 New Member

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    Just wondering if any of you have your line tight or loose in the water? I know that catfish like to run with the bait and didn't know if maybe you need to give them a little running room or not.
     
  2. Jeremy Sheffey

    Jeremy Sheffey New Member

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    personally all my reels have bait clickers and if im not fishing with a float its easy to keep them tighter. however, what i do is i will get my line fairly close then engage the clicker and press the bail. at that point i work the line back with my thumb until it is snug but not tight. then when the fish want to run it can and i wont loose my pole.

    good luck to ya.
     

  3. catfisherman369

    catfisherman369 Floyd

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    I use a carolina rid when tight lining that way the line will slide through the wieght and bend the pole on the run . Plus I am a big believer in if the fish feels the wieght he will let it go and just nip at the bait . When I fish cut bait while tight lining I let my line hang just a little and use a long leader . When using stink bait or dip I only use a 12 to 16 inch leader .
     
  4. festus

    festus New Member

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    For night fishing from shore in calm water, I use spinning tackle because it's doesn't backlash, no weight. I flip the bail open and let the fish run with my cut bluegill. If I use my big Zebco 808 Hawg, I'll Carolina Rig it with tight line and hit my bait alert switch. If the water isn't calm, I use the Carolina Rig on all my poles with tight line. In daytime I prefer using a couple of Ambassadeur baitcasters with tight line and bait alert on.
     
  5. brinley45cal

    brinley45cal Active Member

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    depends on the hook im using.circle hook i keep it tight but with kahles and j hooks ill leave a little slack.
     
  6. catfishhunter2009

    catfishhunter2009 New Member

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    It all depends on the hook I'm using . Circle tight , J hook loose with the bait clicker on ... :wink::big_smile:
     
  7. brand270

    brand270 New Member

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    Thats great info guys, I will try the Carolina Rig, and try using some longer leaders.
     
  8. fishfever

    fishfever New Member

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    If I'm fishing on the bottom, I'll hold my pole and keep a finger on the line to feel the bite. To me, its the best way to go if you're fishing on the bottom or fishing at night.
     
  9. johndeere nut

    johndeere nut New Member

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    i like a tight line and no clicker till nite time then i put the clicker on so i can hear the bite
     
  10. Catfish_Scooter

    Catfish_Scooter New Member

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    Always tightline with bottom rigs. Bobbers can be left a little loose.:wink:
     
  11. plainsman

    plainsman New Member Supporting Member

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    I usually use a carolina rig with a circle hook. My line can be loose or tight, usually not too tight, a little slack. The big fish can swallow the bait and hook, but they will eventually get hooked. The smaller fish can keep eating until they get the hook in their mouth and move off. A little slack seems good for me, not too much tho. A line that is too tight seems to miss them.
     
  12. Swampfox.

    Swampfox. New Member

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    i like it tight. i wanna see that rod tip bounce atime or two then bend as it runs.
     
  13. flathunter

    flathunter New Member

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    I mainly use circle hooks, so my line is always tight.

    On the rare occasion that I use clickers I still keep my line tight, I want that clicker to sound off right away.

    Plus I fish rivers with current, it is pretty hard to keep slack in your lines with current.
     
  14. Brandon829

    Brandon829 New Member

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    I'm a firm believer in a little slack. If my line moves, I can see it. But then again, I sit on top of my poles at all times, lol. Once the line goes tight, then BAM fish on!!!