Your Mainline And Leader Setup

Discussion in 'Fishing Line Review' started by rnickel17, Jan 13, 2018 at 12:21 PM.

  1. rnickel17

    rnickel17 Well-Known Member

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    I know that different situations warrant different setups, but “In General” what is your typical setup for your flathead Fishing? Or if you mostly fish for Bluecats, what that Setup would be?

    Mainline:
    Leader:
    Swivel:
    Hook:
     
  2. ramon06

    ramon06 Well-Known Member

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    80lb braid
    80lb mono
    200-400lb crane
    7/0 Daiichi Chunk Light
     
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  3. Khh27

    Khh27 Well-Known Member

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    Kyle harlan
    40lb main mono
    Spro swivel. #1 I believe
    60lb leader mono
    8/0 gama OCTOPUS circle
    9/0 trokar
     
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  4. music4cash

    music4cash Member

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    Jeff
    For flathead (bank fishing):
    60lb power pro braid
    50lb seaguar flouro
    60lb swivel
    8/0 gamakatsu octopus circle
    4 to 8oz bank sinker on a slider
    Plastic bead
    Live blue gill
     
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  5. Fate

    Fate Active Member

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    I am limited to bank/pier fishing since i can't get my powerchair in or out of a boat so I just use my two favorite rods. (mostly).

    Rod #1: TWC
    80lb Sufix 832 Braid
    40lb Berkley BG Mono
    200lb Crane Swivel
    7/0 Daiichi (red) Circle Hook

    Rod #2: RL
    65lb Power Pro Braid
    30lb Berkley BG Mono
    200lb Crane Swivel
    5/0 Daiichi (red) Circle Hook

    That's what I usually roll with anyway.
     
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  6. music4cash

    music4cash Member

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    Is there a reason to use such strong swivels? I very often see people with swivels rated for 2 or 3 times the weight of their line. The Spro #1 swivels are rated for 300lbs. why use them with 40lb main line? Am I missing something about this?
     
  7. Khh27

    Khh27 Well-Known Member

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    I like the size. I could care less about the lb rating.
     
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  8. music4cash

    music4cash Member

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    Do you use a bead with the bigger swivels? Every now and then I'll forget to put a bead on and the swivels go through my lead slider and it goes all the way down to the hook.
     
  9. Khh27

    Khh27 Well-Known Member

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    Sometimes but the size of swivels vs. The sinker sliders I use prevent it. This is the sliders I use. I like them alot and hold up the the weight I sling.
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  10. Fate

    Fate Active Member

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    I didn't even know what the weight rating was on my swivels until after I bought them, they were the size I like and on sale
     
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  11. Mosquito Creek Crawler

    Mosquito Creek Crawler Member

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    Big rigging is easier to jack with especially at night. Sometimes my hands are cold. Sometimes the moment I turn on my headlight I have 30 mosquito's in my face. I wear reading glasses now and tiny work I have to use a magnifier visor.
     
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  12. rnickel17

    rnickel17 Well-Known Member

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    When I choose my swivel size it’s the same reasons as some of the guys mentioned.

    I can handle a bigger swivel easier when tying knots, especially in the dark. Like said above, I could care less about the lb. test, it’s just the bigger size works better for me.
     
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  13. chadinsc

    chadinsc Active Member

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    i fish for blues and use 65 lb kastking braid mainline with 2-4oz lead with a bead then a big swivel with 40lb big game mono with a 6/0 lazer sharp khale.
     
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  14. Andrewcats

    Andrewcats Member

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    Andrew
    65 lbs braid
    80lbs mono
    230 lbs Eagle Claw powerlight swivel
    Mustad demon circle hook 9/0
     
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  15. rnickel17

    rnickel17 Well-Known Member

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    Mine has been the same the past couple years. I know I don’t need as heavy as a mainline that I’ve been using, but my thinking when I got it was, for those times when a big fish gets around a log jam and my mainline could get abraded. I wanted to make sure I had a mainline that could handle that abrasion and still pull a big fish out.

    This line costs a BUTT LOAD too, but this was simply something I wanted to experiment with and try out. And just use the line as long as it lasts. A 16 strand line is Very abrasion resistant. I literally have to rub it over the sharp edge of a brick with a lot of pressure, back and forth, a number of times to get it to rip through. It takes nearly the same amount of time to rip through 50lb. Mono when I compare them doing the same thing.

    Anyways, everyone uses their own stuff that works for them, and that is Awesome. This is something I wanted to try out, and didn’t mind paying the money to try it out.

    Setup #1

    Tekota 600
    Main: 130lb. 16 Strand Braid
    Leader: 50lb. BBG Mono
    Swivel: 2/0
    Hook: 8/0 TC Circle Hook

    Setup #2

    Fathom 25lw
    Main: 130lb. 16 Strand Braid
    Leader: 50lb. BBG Mono
    Swivel: 2/0
    Hook: 8/0 TC Circle Hook
     
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  16. Cuda

    Cuda Active Member

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    Where I am at we do not have the big blues the biggest is the flatheads. I am old school I guess as I use the main line all the was to the hook. I came up with a sinker stop and now I have a new idea that I want to try this year. I use braid line on my reels 30ld for channel cats inland waters and 50 and 60ld for the Mississippi River for flatheads. Braid does not seem to twist up like mono does. I let the drag fight the fish If he really take off on a run the boat goes right after him. I like the Carbontex drag washers in my reels too.
     
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  17. tommeboy

    tommeboy Active Member

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    Thomas
    65-80lb braid.
    #5 ball bearing swivel with welded rings.
    100lb Mono leaderline double barrel crimps for ends
    8/0 Triple threat hooks or 8/0
    8/0 Team catfish double action red finish
    Yellow or green EBAY sinker slides depending on weight.
     
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  18. Cuda

    Cuda Active Member

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    Tommeboy what is the biggest fish you have caught and where do you fish with your rig?