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 Posted: Thu May 3rd, 2007 07:11 pm
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Hi There

I am fairly new to the new competitive way of fishing .I have always made my traces using normal fishing line and have always had succes when the fish are biting that is.

I want to know is does it make that much differrence when fishing with leaders and does it help to cast further distances.I am really keen to start using leaders but dont have the foggiest as to what they all about.

 

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 Posted: Thu May 3rd, 2007 07:48 pm
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Howzit Stanton

Well i can only give you my personal opinion.It goes like this to me there are two main reasons for using a leader.

1.It does help when you are casting because you most times will find it very difficult to snap a leader then you would your average main line.This give you the sense of security to really put alot more force and power into your cast's and thus you will definately get a bit more distance out of you rcast.Remeber though that there are specific diameter leaders that you use for specific aspects of fishing.

You have to take into account what the area conditions are like,under current,,rocks.sand bar's etc etc....Your thickness of the leader that you would use will definately vary when it comes to this.

2.When fishing rocky place and high cliffs like the Transkei coast you tend to need a much thinker leader.The thicker leader will end up giving you a little more leverage when you are trying to land a big fish ie you will have a better chance of not getting cut off on the rocks and muscles..

Some of the factors that you need to consider when choosing your leader are for eg.You are fishing a spot where there are no rocks etc only sand banks try and fish with the thinest diameter leader you can use.Maybe if you are using .35mm on your main line then use .50 or.55 diameter leader.The reason for this is that the thicker your leader is there are a few diadvantages to having it so thick,Thicker leader gets caught in under currents alot quicker.Thicker line puts up loads more resistance under water and thus you end up feeling it on your rod and main line.The thinner your leader the better your chance are that you feel your bite alot quicker then with a thicker leader.Just my opinion from my own experiences.

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 Posted: Fri May 4th, 2007 12:09 am
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HI Thanks for the advice

How long should the leader be if you were fishing for edibles?I have heard it should be about double the length of the rod.So does this mean the leader must be wound onto the real when casting?
Also if I am using kingfisher giant abrasion line 0.5 what thickness leader should I use for edibles and for shark traces.

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 Posted: Fri May 4th, 2007 12:26 am
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Howzit Stanton

Well firstly if you are using 0.50 line for edibles then you are definately fishing to heavy guy.The coorect diameter for edibles in my opinion is either .35 or even .40.

You don't really need more then that boet.BUt if you were going for Non Eds then 0.50 you would use a maximim of 0.80 leader,but as i said for edibles that is way to heavy bru.

I sugest is you are using an Sl50Sh then try 0.40 you can use this for either eds or maybe even fish like Garrick etc it's an all round line and the leader that you would then use is 0.60mm.That in my opinion would be the best all round set up for you.

For the other awnser with regards to length yes you are correct what you do is wind on about two winds of leader then measure two lengths of your rod and hey presto it's the length you need...

Hope i have managed to awnser some of your questions buddy..

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