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?