Tightlining question

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  1. Mccallister25

    Mccallister25 Member

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    Just a really quick simple question for you guys. When tightlining with a slip rig, is it better to let the bait sit with an actual tight line.. zero slack, or leave just a tiny amount of slack?
     
  2. Khh27

    Khh27 Well-Known Member

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    I tight line
     
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  3. Mccallister25

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    Thanks for the quick reply. I do the same, I was just curious. On my non bait runner reels, I’ll cast out and let the bait sink and reel up all slack. It just makes me wonder if when the fish takes the bait how often they can feel weight on the line. I guess technically it wouldn’t matter if there was slack in the line or not.
     
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  4. Nuclear Bill

    Nuclear Bill Well-Known Member

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    I've been told that catfish will drop the bait if they feel the weight. I've had fish drop the bait but no real reason. I was told to leave slack in the line if using circle hooks. I've done both ( tight and slack) both work. I prefer tight. If the fish swims towards me I get slack and watch it closely.
     
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    ramon06 Well-Known Member

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    Tommy Dean Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    twaskom Moderator Staff Member

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    I prefer tight. Never have heard to leave slack.
     
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  9. Bobbycat

    Bobbycat Well-Known Member

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    No big difference for me. Good size cats hit baits as a truck. But I always use a tight line if I fish species with gentle biting.

    P.S. Little slack works for me if I use Kentucky rig and put one or two hooks on the bottom.
     
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  10. SPAZ182

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    Tight! I will say that loose is fine too, but it's more about consistency. We're not finesse fishermen. As catfishermen that is. If you've ever heard of a jug-line, a diddy-pole, at trot line, etc., you would know that most cats don't care about tension. Especially at night. In the dark. With a big healthy bait in front of their face. The problem with hook-ups I have found over the years have been from inconsistent tension. Clickers can seem to scare them. Picking a rod up and dropping it can spook them. Etc., etc.. Any inconsistency seems to be the problem. I could be wrong... But, that's just my impression.

    Peace,
    Chad
     
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  13. JCJowers

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    I agree with all of the above as far as a tight line, but there is some gray area depending on how the fish are acting and how much brush/structure you have a chance for your bait to hang up on. Live bait, most definitely tight line with a decent leader. Cut bait in current, you could always let it move a little for the action.

    I’ve even got one spot I fish in an outside bend of the Red River that has so much on the bottom I don’t even use a leader sometimes. Losing too many good hooks!
     
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  14. Mccallister25

    Mccallister25 Member

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    pretty dang
     
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  15. twaskom

    twaskom Moderator Staff Member

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    I have always felt it was better to fish with somewhat of a tight line. But the term tight line s relative. If your in a boat and it is swaying back and forth, it becomes even more relative. If you have some slack in your line and a big blue tries to yank the rod out of the boat you will probably notice. If a flathead gives you a constant pull and the slack line goes straight, you should notice. If something small id pecking on your bait and it can't be noticed by looking at the rod,,,,who cares, your fishing.
     
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  16. eastforker

    eastforker Well-Known Member

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    Slack lines could end up being swallowed hooks.

    Mono always seems to have a little more slack than braid.
     
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