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Photos of fish caught on darters

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Sorry, I know it's OT so carry on with the darter porn ...


If anyone wants to PM me advice my big question is whether a 30" tie on leader to 30# PP is fine for throwing 2-3oz plugs or if I need to consider a 12' shock leader directly joined to the PP (which I'd prefer to avoid).  I've got the SSV4500 so heavier braid is an issue for spool capacity.  I don't generally fish jetty's but I do fish the inlet where the jetty rocks are more level with the sand or parallel to the rocks in the pocket, etc. TYIA

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What knot are you using for the braid to swivel connection?  


Could also be a nicked tip guide that's causing some wear after a lot of casting.   That would explain it snapping off right above the swivel.  

I use a ~30" mono leader and have never had a problem.   


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Sorry, I know it's OT so carry on with the darter porn ...

 

If anyone wants to PM me advice my big question is whether a 30" tie on leader to 30# PP is fine for throwing 2-3oz plugs or if I need to consider a 12' shock leader directly joined to the PP (which I'd prefer to avoid).  I've got the SSV4500 so heavier braid is an issue for spool capacity.  I don't generally fish jetty's but I do fish the inlet where the jetty rocks are more level with the sand or parallel to the rocks in the pocket, etc. TYIA

 

A 30" leader is perfectly fine for pretty much all plugging applications. You really dont need a 12' shock leader unless your pendulum casting 8oz+. With a shock leader you also need to consider what knot you would be tying becuase with 12' the knot is going to be going through the guides. The longest I will tie a leader is during spring blitzes here in NJ where I'll use a 6' plus leader of 80lb for ease of grabbing line and pulling fish to the jetty. I prefer to tie braid directly to mono for my leaders but really its just a preference thing, I've gotten to the point where I can tie a double-uni fairly quickly in the dark with no issues.

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Because of where I generally fish, shallow boulder fields, I use long 8 to 10' mono leaders, tied using the Red Phillips Knot. It's nice for the abrasion resistance, I really like being able to grab the line when the fish is close enough and not have to worry (as much) about getting sliced to the bone by my braid.

 

Sorry, I know it's OT so carry on with the darter porn ...

 

If anyone wants to PM me advice my big question is whether a 30" tie on leader to 30# PP is fine for throwing 2-3oz plugs or if I need to consider a 12' shock leader directly joined to the PP (which I'd prefer to avoid).  I've got the SSV4500 so heavier braid is an issue for spool capacity.  I don't generally fish jetty's but I do fish the inlet where the jetty rocks are more level with the sand or parallel to the rocks in the pocket, etc. TYIA

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Nice photos. I have a gibbs darter for a while and was impressed with how it swam. The thing is I always ended up grabbing a minnow type plug just for the fact that I dont have to really focus on it as much.


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HOLY!!!... Compared to the other "Photos of fish caught with ....." These seem to be giants compared to the rest. Along with the others, I'm going to have to clip one on and try it.

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