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BRAIDED Line. Do I Need Leaders?

post #1 of 27
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I am using braided line for the first time. Going to fish for Reds, Snook, etc in Florida. Using 30 and 50 lb line. Should I use some kind of leader or just tie directly to my lures. Going to be using BaitBusters, Top Dawgs, and live bait unless I am given better information.
post #2 of 27
I would use a Mono or Floro leader tied directly to the braid using a Alberto knot.
post #3 of 27
Exactly, but if uncomfortable with that knot, you can also use a small swivel to a few feet of fleuro leader. Just can be a pain when you keep reeling it in to your top guide at the end of the retrieve.
post #4 of 27
Oh, also, being that you're new to braid, make sure you don't use some of the knots you may have used with mono when connecting to swivels or lures. Clinch knots, etc will not work as they'll tighten down on themselves and cut off on a big fish. I use the palomar and it works great. Good luck.
post #5 of 27
Try using a Palomar knot to tie your braid to a fluoro leader. It's one of the recommended knots for braid. I always use a fluoro leader on my braid- at least 20 lb fluoro with 40 lb braid.
post #6 of 27
Use a leader and never reach for the braid when a fish is on.Cuts like a razor.
post #7 of 27
If it is a spinning reel I would have a swivel in line somewhere to stop the line twist. Normally I tie braid direct to a small barrel swivel and then to flouro leader 18"-30" depending on rod length.
post #8 of 27
I use the alberto knot w flouro too. Fish cant see it and nice and abrasion resistant.
If a fish is shy, braid could scare them off in clear water.
post #9 of 27
i use a fluro leader with a surgeon's loop into a snap swivel with a bead to keep it from damaging the tip. i've played with the clinch knot by going through thru the eye twice then after 7 wraps go back through the loop twice then pull tight, i use a stick to pull the braid when hung up and usually the hook straightens or the 20# fluro breaks and thats with 20# braid
post #10 of 27
i throw on a 20'-25' mono leader with a albright knot
post #11 of 27
All good advice. Alberto knot, fluoro or mono, don't grab the braid, if you use a swivel to connect leader to braid, use a bead on the braid to protect your tiptop, and my addition, Double Uni for line to leader, double your braid if you will use any knot other than the Alberto or Palomar. You can tie a double surgeons knot as long as you double the braid (40lb and greater) too if you have trouble tying the Alberto knot. Doubled line is less apt to cut your leader.
post #12 of 27
i agree

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Originally Posted by The Riddler View Post
If it is a spinning reel I would have a swivel in line somewhere to stop the line twist. Normally I tie braid direct to a small barrel swivel and then to flouro leader 18"-30" depending on rod length.
post #13 of 27
You dont have to. I have caught a lot of fish with the jig tied directly to the braid. However it cant hurt to use some fluro carbon leader. When I do I tie the leader to the braid without using any hardware.
post #14 of 27
I use 50# Mono tied with a alberto knot . No more terminal tackle .. Flouro is too expensive
post #15 of 27
is there a difference between fluro leader material and fluro main line? i started using suffix main line as leader mat. you get 250 yds as apposed to 25 yds with seaguar leader mat. a huge savings and i have found little difference.
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