Tying hook directly to Braid main line.

Discussion in 'Terminal Tackle Review' started by PaJay-p, Nov 12, 2008.

  1. PaJay-p

    PaJay-p Guest

    Does anyone ever tie there hook to braided line that is there main line? I was wondering if the fish would be spooked, ecspecially with colored line like tracer yellow or bright green.
     
  2. catman4926

    catman4926 New Member

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    I would not do that because the braid line frays to bad even the cats can cause it to fray That is why you a heavey leader so them nicks do not bother it as bad .

    hope this helps
     

  3. Foxhound

    Foxhound New Member

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    I use a swivel to eliminate twist........then add a leader which is also braid and have no problems at all
     
  4. Snagged2

    Snagged2 New Member

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    I tie mainline directly to my hooks, mono and braid...seems to work for me.
    Been using Palomar knot lately and no problems.
     
  5. Trahviiz

    Trahviiz Member

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    Agreed.
     
  6. tswebb71

    tswebb71 New Member

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    I have to agree with Harold on this one. The only problem I have with braid is that it does fray especially around the hook, imho.:sad2:
     
  7. GaryF

    GaryF New Member

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    When I was first starting to get serious about catfishing I fished like that, with the hook tied to the braid main line and a sinker that could slide all of the way to the hook. The simple rigging did probably cut down on snag ups, and I caught a lot of fish like that... but along with all the fish I landed that way I also lost a couple of really nice ones due to line abrasion close to the hook. So now I use either 30-50lb mono for leader, or a special extra thick and abrasion resistant braid that was made for big fish ocean fishing, tied to the main line with a swivel. The swivel also prevents some line twist and acts as a sinker stop.
     
  8. kscathunter

    kscathunter New Member

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    It wont spook um but it may stripe um.:tounge_out: think of what it does to you when you pull on it bare handed. ive left a few cats with a line down there back.
     
  9. ozzy

    ozzy New Member

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    I always Carolina rig with a mono leader. A braid leader always gets wrapped around my main line for some reason.
     
  10. jagdoctor1

    jagdoctor1 New Member

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    Wow if this guy uses the Polymer then it must be the best! He is the MAN!
     
  11. Snagged2

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    Yea, A young Scottish fellow taught me how to tie it. It works best with blurred vision,either, from sweat running into your eyes, or imbibing cervezas en mass!!
    The good news is, is, is,, Hey, how's the river?? any water in it???
     
  12. jtrew

    jtrew New Member

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    I don't think that tying the hook directly to braided line will spook catfish; they don't seem to be very line shy. I have no problem when attaching trotline hooks to 100# test braided nylon dropper lines. But there are a couple of good reasons to use a mono leader. The first has already been mentioned; frequent fraying of the line near the hook, requiring constant trimming back of your braided line. Second, using a mono leader that's a little lighter test than the braided line means that when you get hung up and have to break off, the leader will break, rather than somewhere in your braided line. And braided line is just too expensive to be breaking off.
     
  13. Bill in SC

    Bill in SC New Member

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    <Second, using a mono leader that's a little lighter test than the braided line means that when you get hung up and have to break off, the leader will break, rather than somewhere in your braided line. And braided line is just too expensive to be breaking off.>

    Absolutely the truth! One other point of interest is that the mono or fluorocarbon leader acts as a shock absorber, resulting in better hookups in my opinion. I would NEVER tie a hook directly to the braid. Just my opinion.
    Bill in SC
     
  14. HOPPY4

    HOPPY4 New Member

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    I too ECHO the guidance of NOT attaching the Hook Directly!!!! 1. Cats will roll when been brought in and this make a Swivel a Big Positive. 2. The Braid will Cut the fish ( it also takes the slime away and allows the fish to be attacked by Bacteria) if it tangles when they are rolloing. 3. Using a Lighter line for the leader will definitely make a difference when you are HUNG Up. (A Special Braid that is THICKER can be used as stated earlier that will allow the fish to roll without harming it also.) 4. Changing the type of hook is much easier when you use a leader. 5. The Mainline Braid can also be Cut by their fins! JMHO!!!!!!!

    HOPPY4
     
  15. JimmyJonny

    JimmyJonny Well-Known Member

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    I got a #26 blue the other night and he had 3 hooks in him . One of the hooks had some line on it still and it was braid .

    I'm like most , I use a mono leader for abrasion .
     
  16. TOPS

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    I do not use braided line, I think it solved my fraying problem.
     
  17. catfishguy

    catfishguy New Member

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    I lost a monster cat when I first started being serious about cattin'. I fought that thing for a hour and a half because my reel just would not pull him in, and I wasn't about to just give up. He finally got off because he had rolled on the bottom that whole time and when he made a short run at me instead of away from me.......well, I had a HUGE birdnest and he started to run out to the middle of the river. He got off, but if I had used a swivel that fish wouldn't been mine. (maybe!) I would like to think so. I almost had him in when he ran at me. The crowd that had gathered to watch, (yes I said crowd because I had 2 of my kids with me and a bunch of people just wanted to know why my rod was doubled over), was really disappointed. Not as much as me though. I learned my lesson. Always use a heavey duty swivel!!!:angry: