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AndrewRawlingson
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Sun Mar 05, 2017 6:46 pm

I'm flip-flopping a bit on leaders for softbaiting. Always used 15lb fluoro, then with the move up north, upped to 20lb. Have recently gone back to 15lb. I've caught a lot of fish, including some big kingies with this (in open water). Last time I was out, the snapper were really on the bite and I had a few bite offs - probably my fault because the fishing was so hot, I didn't check the leader in between fish. What do you use?
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Sun Mar 05, 2017 7:51 pm

Ive been light the last few years 15lb but with recent bustoffs and guys telling me it doesnt make much difference to go up a size, Im inclined to change. I think it depends where and when you are fishing. If theres foul and bigger fish are likely then go heavier but if its Papamoa on the sand ;) go light. In winter when the fish are lethargic I would probably err on light to not spook them.

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Sun Mar 05, 2017 8:04 pm

You're right PK. The answer is it depends, just wondered what you guys were up to.
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Sun Mar 05, 2017 8:52 pm

20lb in and around Auckland 30lb when fishing in the far north

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Sun Mar 05, 2017 9:34 pm

12lb leader on my SB rod and 80lb leader on my all-rounder rod. Yesterday I was SB fishing with both and the lighter one certainly got more interest, but at the end of the day I kept 2 from the 80lb leader and 3 from the 12lb leader.

Certainly if you go to Australia and try to catch Bream, you'll find that they're much easier with lighter tackle, so I think the same theory applies around here.
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Mon Mar 06, 2017 8:27 am

I have dropped right down to 10lb leader when the fish are in shut mouth mode, 15lb is my usual , however when using lightbulb jig heads I have had a couple slip off the leader loop knot where the gap in the hook eye has not been closed enough. 25lb is only very slightly thicker ( various brands differ in thickness) and hasn;t done it yet. It is noticeably stiffer however I don't know how it will affect the swimming action when using sub 1/4oz jigheads.
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Mon Mar 06, 2017 8:44 am

Peace wrote:20lb in and around Auckland 30lb when fishing in the far north
ditto... x 2...
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Mon Mar 06, 2017 12:01 pm

I use 15lb Ocean Angler fluro for my leader. The Ocean Angler fluro is noticeably thinner than the Black Magic fluro of the same strength. I landed a 14lber on it last year. I haven't been bitten off yet, but it can only be a matter of time.
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Mon Mar 06, 2017 12:15 pm

I use 20lb.

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Mon Mar 06, 2017 1:18 pm

15 for just getting lunch locally, 20-25 if in 'blue' water.

I also use squares of coloured insulation tape on the spool skirt to tell me what the weights of line and leader are eg red and black is 8lb main, 15 leader; Black and green is 15lb main, 20 leader etc.
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Mon Mar 06, 2017 8:11 pm

25 to 30lb fluorocarbon for softbait 120lb for kings ;)
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Mon Mar 06, 2017 9:45 pm

Having caught 1 kingfish off the kayak I feel fully qualified to say I use 60lb mono for kingfish.


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