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#11022801 - 08/05/15 04:52 PM Two questions on metal leaders
noobpc Offline
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Registered: 06/03/11
Posts: 150
Was fishing off of a pier yesterday with light tackle and fresh shrimp, trying to catch croakers and whatever else will bite.

Three rods were rigged with line, snap swivel, circle hook (snapped on). In that order.

I had a fourth rod that was rigged with line, sliding egg weight, metal leader, circle hook (snapped on). The rod with the metal leader rarely ever got struck.

I know metal leaders will probably scare fish, so when should I use them?

I ask because i have always heard that saltwater fish will bite off line, and coincidentally, I lost some terminal tackle when an unknown fish bit off one of the rods that did not have the metal leader.

Question 2: is it a bad idea to put the hook directly on the snap swivel/metal leader?

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#11023420 - 08/05/15 08:55 PM Re: Two questions on metal leaders [Re: noobpc]
olenarey87 Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 10/04/11
Posts: 509
Loc: Parker County
I'm not gonna be your best source on this, but I will let you know my opinion.
In salt water I only use metal leaders because you never know what is going to take your bait. I figure better safe than sorry. I make most of my leaders so I can not answer your question about the snap. However with my smaller rigs I will put a small circle hook directly to the snap. I usually am just trying to catch my bait with this rig and have had no problems with it.
This is just my 2 cents. I am a freshwater guy, so don't put too much Sri k in what I have said, just my personal experience
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#11023651 - 08/05/15 11:17 PM Re: Two questions on metal leaders [Re: noobpc]
Jim Ford Offline
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Registered: 01/28/12
Posts: 1202
Loc: Texas
If you're targeting toothy critters, use some wire or heavy monofilament. 200 to 400 lb. test mono works pretty well. And lose those snaps; they are only good for failing at the wrong moment.

Those croakers, whiting, reds, specks, drum, catfish, and most other inshore species don't require wire. Just use a 18" or 2' length of 17 - 20 # fluorocarbon and tie your hook on directly.

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#11026904 - 08/07/15 11:04 AM Re: Two questions on metal leaders [Re: noobpc]
Grinder55 Offline
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Registered: 08/21/13
Posts: 750
Loc: Rockport, Texas
In the bay use mono leader - 20 lb. to 30 lb. works well.

Metal lader is more for the surf when fishing for sharks.

However, personally I use mono in the surf cuz I am fishing for trout.
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#11028383 - 08/07/15 11:32 PM Re: Two questions on metal leaders [Re: noobpc]
Bobby Light Offline
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Registered: 11/10/14
Posts: 17
I stick to a 20lb flouro leader most of the time but always keep a few spoons and jig heads in the tackle box rigged with wire in case I get into Spanish Mackerel in the surf.

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#11029852 - 08/08/15 09:16 PM Re: Two questions on metal leaders [Re: Grinder55]
trout yakin Offline
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Registered: 05/29/10
Posts: 55
Loc: Cypress Tx
Originally Posted By: Grinder55
In the bay use mono leader - 20 lb. to 30 lb. works well.

Metal lader is more for the surf when fishing for sharks.

However, personally I use mono in the surf cuz I am fishing for trout.
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