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Umbrella Rig Question

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Hello all.

 

After seven years in the Midwest, I have finally relocated back to New Jersey and am looking to start to rebuild my saltwater arsenal for fishing the Sandy Hook area.

 

I picked up a few umbrella rigs online and had a question regarding setup.

 

Over the years, we've seen the umbrella rig go from tubes, to shads, to soft plastics and all other kinds of additions.  

 

Years ago, I seem to remember hearing that striped bass are more apt to hit an upper teaser when there is a small lead of mono from the umbrella rig frame to the teaser.   Looking online, I've seen the mono leaders for the upper teasers on shad rigs and on soft plastic rigs, but do guys who fish the more traditional tube rigs run their upper tubes with mono leaders?

 

I'm starting with two, 4 arm umbrella rigs and medium sized 8/0 tubes.  I can attach the bulk of the tubes directly to the umbrella rig frame or run them all off a short trace of mono.

 

I'm leading towards utilizing the mono, risking more tangles and bluefish bite offs, but thought it may put more bass in the boat too.

 

Just wondering what others do.

 

Thank you.

 

 

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