Leader Line Experiment: Will Fishing Without Leader Have An Impact?
Will fishing without leader have an impact?
I decided to hit the water this past week and fish WITHOUT leader line – just straight braid to hook.
Have a look below for the results of this test!!
Will Fishing Without Leader Have An Impact? [VIDEO]
Setup For The Test:
- Lure: Slam Shady Mulligan
- Hook: 3/0 Hoss Helix Hook 1/8 oz.
- Mainline: 10lb PowerPro Braid
- Rod: 7’6 Century Weapon Jr.
- Reel: Shimano Stradic FL 3000
I was curious to see whether or not I could trigger strikes without leader and if I could land fish.
Typically, leader line serves two purposes: stealth and shock absorption.
Out of all the fish I expected to land without leader, I definitely would not put my money on snook.
But the first fish of the day happened to be a pretty decent-sized snook that I was able to get into the boat.
Snook have tough mouths that can easily break through line which is why having leader is so important.
Braid has very little resistance to abrasion so I was definitely shocked to have landed this fish.
After getting that fish released, I checked the line and it was slightly frayed up.
The first thing you should always do whenever you land a fish is check the line right above the hook.
If it is frayed and you continue fishing, you risk losing the next fish you hook into and it might just be that fish you’ve been searching all day for.
To be safe, it is best to cut and retie.
Palomar Knot Mini-Lesson
The knot I used on this trip to secure the line to the hook is the Palomar Knot.
It is very strong and super easy to tie.
To tie this knot, double the line over itself.
Then, pinch the end to form a loop and feed that loop through the eye of your hook.
Next, perform an overhand knot with that loop.
Now, take the loop and open it and slide the lure through the loop.
Hold the tag end and the mainline and cinch that knot down.
Lastly, cut off the tag end and you’re ready to rock.
All in all, this was a success.
I was able to land a really solid snook without leader on the end of my line.
However, I would not do this if you can avoid it.
If you’re in a pinch and it’s all you have to fish, then it will get the job done.
If you’re plucking fish off of a big redfish school and you’re leader gets broken off, you can quickly retie to straight braid to continue to fish that school.
One other bonus to straight braid is you won’t pick up any floating grass.
Usually, the line to leader knot will collect grass floating in the water.
But without leader that is not the case.
Also, I recommend loosening the drag a bit more when fishing straight braid as opposed to having a leader.
Braid has zero stretch and heavier setups will put a lot of pressure on the hook which can pop it out of the fish’s mouth.
I highly recommend sticking to fishing with a leader line when using braid.
The stealth and shock absorption alone will give you more confidence to head out and target big fish.
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