What pound test do you use for leader

Discussion in 'Fishing Line Review' started by payton350, Jan 11, 2009.

  1. payton350

    payton350 New Member

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    I am just curious about different # tests people use for leaders and why? Personaly I use nothing over 40# because it is difficult for me to tie knots with heavier tests.
     
  2. catfishcrazy256

    catfishcrazy256 New Member

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    80 # cajun red, Because I want to see what I catch ! :eek:oooh:
     

  3. mankind

    mankind New Member

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    :wink:i like big game hi-test 40lb test
     
  4. fishnvince

    fishnvince New Member

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    Berkley Big game 50#
     
  5. alton

    alton New Member

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    I use #40 cajun red for leaders and #65 power pro for main line.
     
  6. Backlashed

    Backlashed New Member

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    I quit using leaders altogether last year, and just started tying directly to the hook without a swivel. Only one knot to break, less tackle to carry, and so far just as effective (for me anyway)
    Anybody else do this?
     
  7. bluecatnut

    bluecatnut New Member

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    i use different leaders for different catfish like the blues i just use 50 lb mono and for flatheads i use 350lb trot line line just because the snags they live in hope this helps :wink:
     
  8. john catfish young

    john catfish young New Member

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    I fish with 20# mainline and use 20 or 30# mono leaders.:big_smile:
     
  9. brinley45cal

    brinley45cal Active Member

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    yeap i dont use a leader either,im like you less knots to break and to me you can feel a light bite better then using the swivel and leader.It has its place for high snag areas but i dont use them unless i have to.
     
  10. readingcatfisher

    readingcatfisher New Member

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    65#spiderwire main 40# Ande mono leader:wink:
     
  11. lendog

    lendog New Member

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    i use 40# berkley big cat for leader and 80# power-pro as a main line
     
  12. Pastor E

    Pastor E New Member

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    It depends on where and what kind of rig i am useing
     
  13. Lightnin_lane

    Lightnin_lane New Member

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    i use 80 lb. leader and 50 lb big game main line.
     
  14. JimmyJonny

    JimmyJonny Well-Known Member

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    For the most part I use a 30# Cajun main line with a 40# Cajun leader.
    oR
    50# p-pro main line with 40# Cajun leader. Works fine on my Lake .

    I use swivels because I drift fish and it helps keep the bait straigh and not spinning. Or...while anchored it acts as a stop for my weight. Either way I prefer my bait to be able to spin free...less back lashes I would assume also. As far as my knots go, I have total faith in them so I'm not worried about a weak link , in fact my line really doesnt break at the knots.
     
  15. River_monster91

    River_monster91 New Member

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    i just put a 5 oz. no roll, and about 15-18 inches up i pinch a splitshot on and then tie my hook. the way i see it is theres only one knot and that gives it less chance of a know slipping or breaking.
     
  16. kenlaw76

    kenlaw76 New Member

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    I use a #50 or #80 mono leader.
     
  17. Mickey

    Mickey New Member Supporting Member

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    I use 50# mono leader.
     
  18. jugfisher

    jugfisher Member

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    i usually use #50 mono without a leader. if u break your line, you're back in the water in 60 seconds.
     
  19. Snagged2

    Snagged2 New Member

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    I tie mainline directly to my hook, Quit using swivels and such decades ago...

    If I run my line short on a reel, I'll grab another one,,,
     
  20. alpal16

    alpal16 New Member

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    I have moved to using 50# fluorocarbon leader with 100# power pro main line.