When Should You Upgrade The Size Of Your Leader?
When should you upgrade the size of your leader?
How do you know to bump up your leader line BEFORE you miss out on fish?
Losing fish because of leader line break-offs is the worst.
But here’s how to avoid running into leader line issues!!
When Should You Upgrade The Size Of Your Leader? [VIDEO]
You always want to choose your leader depending on the structure in the area and the species you’re fishing for.
If you are fishing close to docks and hook into a solid fish, you definitely don’t want to break any fish off.
Whenever I am fishing close to docks or similar structure, I bump up to 30lb monofilament leader.
The reason for using a monofilament leader is that it can stretch and acts as a shock absorber.
Fluorocarbon weakens after it is constantly put under stress.
Monofilament leader does not weaken and tends to stand up better against abrasions.
I normally fish with 20lb Ande Monofilament Leader for everyday, all-purpose use.
When fishing close to oysters, docks, or hard structure, bumping up the leader size is your best bet to avoid break-offs.
You should always be checking your leader line when fishing tight to such structures.
Moreover, another reason to bump up your leader is when you’re going after the BIG fish.
Big snook have tough jaws that frequently rub against and tear through leader line.
Bumping up your leader size gives you that extra strength needed to avoid losing fish.
On the other hand, there are reasons to use fluorocarbon over monofilament in some cases.
If you fish in super clear water, you can use fluorocarbon to prevent spooking off fish because monofilament tends to stick out a bit more under calm conditions.
Another reason to bump up your leader is when you’re fishing with topwater lures.
Topwater lures usually trigger some awesome bites and a heavier leader helps to wrestle in those big fish.
What leader material do you prefer to fish with?
When do you bump up to a stronger leader?
Please go ahead and get the conversation started down below in the comments!!
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