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Old 10-07-2007, 05:56 PM   #1
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Fluorocarbon Leaders??

Over the last couple of tuna seasons our group has increased their live bait hook-up rate using Fluorocarbon leaders. Last year several of us used 40# test but found it was too stiff. This year the group used 30# pink tinted Fluorocarbon leader and I can say that the group was hooked-up more than most, but this is just my observation!!!

With the advancement of fishing technology what successes are Salty Dogs having using Fluorocarbon leaders on tuna troll rods, under what conditions with either clear or colored Fluorocarbon leaders, and what leader size??

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Old 10-07-2007, 07:03 PM   #2
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I use floro - 30# max. I go down to 20# for live bait. I haven't done a scientific study if it's worth it, but if I'm going to run 50 miles offshore I'm not going to skimp on leaders.
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Old 10-07-2007, 10:14 PM   #3
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I went with fluoro leaders on my trolling jigs this year. Maybe coincidence, maybe not, but this was far and away our best albacore year. I, too, figured that with the price of fuel and everything else needed to play with the albacore, the extra cost of fluorocarbon leaders was small. I use 60-pound trolling leader. I know some of us go much higher, but I've found it to be effective and I've never had the leader break.
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Old 10-08-2007, 06:03 AM   #4
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I use flor.30lb clear not tinted on every thing except my handlines which I use 100lb clear.
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Old 10-08-2007, 06:47 AM   #5
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I use it when I'm flyfishing for jumpers, but I go up in poundage. If I figure I need 20# I will use 25# floro. It's pretty stiff and I think more brittle, but it sure disappears.

So far I don't use it for anything else.

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Old 10-08-2007, 12:11 PM   #6
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Default Re: Fluorocarbon Leaders??

How long are you guys making your trolling leaders and bait leaders? and What brand of fluoro. is best? Do you guys ever wrap the line around your hand to control the albie at the side of the boat with 25 or 30# line? I guess I've only heard (from my limited tuna experience) of people using upwards towards 100# leaders for troll jigs.
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Old 10-08-2007, 01:15 PM   #7
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How long are you guys making your trolling leaders and bait leaders? and What brand of fluoro. is best? Do you guys ever wrap the line around your hand to control the albie at the side of the boat with 25 or 30# line? I guess I've only heard (from my limited tuna experience) of people using upwards towards 100# leaders for troll jigs.

with 20 - 30 lb floro line I would not grab the line to control a fish
I use Maxima brand 30# 4 to 5 foot longfor live bait & casting traps

For trolling feathers and big clones I use 100# -160# mono again 4 to 5 ft long and I can easily pull the fish into the boat without breaking off
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Old 10-08-2007, 07:39 PM   #8
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This year our fishing group used 30# Fluoro leaders about 24"-30" for live bait and it improved our hookup rate during the late Aug time frame when the tuners became finacky! Since our group does not use hand lines the group was pondering over 6' of 80#-150# Fluoro for our troll leaders. We do use the gaff so the 150# Fluoro may be a bit of over kill so may lean towards 80# Fluoro leaders!
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Old 10-08-2007, 07:57 PM   #9
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I've gone just the other way. We started with 200# Jinkai in smoke color or Ande in clear. The same on everything with 7' leader as I was taught in Florida. You can wrap and swing your fish into the boat with 200#, no problem and they don't seem to care about the huge leader.

Lately I've used 60# flouro on swimbaits for troll. Started out simple with a few jigs loaded for bear and now we use several weights. I would net or gaff any fish on swimbaits. For live bait I use 20 to 30# flourocarbon, whatever I can find. The flourocarbon works better than tying a hook right on your mainline (25# big game). I only tie right on if I run out of leaders and the fish are boiling at the boat.

When they are on the chew for the troll gear in June, July and part of August there is no one good thing ... they are all good. As said by others it gets harder and leader visibility matters later in the year. I'm stocking up on flourocarbon and the ringed hooks I like this winter.

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Old 10-08-2007, 09:01 PM   #10
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For trolling, I use 100 to 200 leader and i'm pretty sure it's fluorocarbon. Haven't tried it for swimbaits yet, may have to next year, though it'll be 20 to 40 lb.
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Old 10-09-2007, 06:27 PM   #11
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I am evolving to fluro for everything (except the river)..inc Halibut...using 90# P-line
30-40# Segaur otherwise...
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Old 10-10-2007, 08:31 PM   #12
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Default Re: Fluorocarbon Leaders??

Been thinking about using 80-100# Fluoro leaders on both the Tuna Troll rods and the Hali rods next season!!
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Old 10-11-2007, 12:29 PM   #13
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I have when needed been retieing all trolling lures with 80# floro.Slowly working thru 1 ton lure pile. As far as casting to jumpers I use 20-25# p-line clear or blue. Late season with live bait floro leaders are the ticket. Mark
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Old 10-11-2007, 05:57 PM   #14
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have not used it much for tuna but like it for salmon on the big pond. really like in the rivers when they are low and clear. guys near me using 6-8lbs and breaking off fish i use 12lbs fluro and seem to have just as many hook ups and more fish on the bank. segar is the brand i use.
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