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Old 03-24-2014, 06:57 PM
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I went to my favorite tackle store to get some 50#mono for a shock leader on my surf gear. 11' rod i use about 16' tied to my running line ,wrapped around the reel 3 times. counterman tells me just to use 3'-4' of clear mono or clear floro carbon on my running line. Because i'm using Hi vis yellow line.I went with the floro carbon.Is this new set up considered a shock leader.I like his idea better because i can get rid of the long shock leader. what do you think.
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Old 03-24-2014, 08:13 PM
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I use about 30 inches for my leader. I used 50lb mono last season with no problems. This season I picked up some 40lb flouro.
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I use about 30 inches for my leader. I used 50lb mono last season with no problems. This season I picked up some 40lb flouro.
Npike, do you use weight and bait with that set up. Some times at assateauge i cast 6-8 oz with bait when it's rough. or do use the leader only for plugs. thank's.
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For bait fishing. I use a fish finder rig or a double drop loop rig. For the fish finder I attach the sinker slide to the braid (main line) and tie on a snap swivel.
Sea Strikers Quik Slides are nice because you can put them on and remove them with out cutting your line.

Then I attach my fishing rig. I make my own. Hook on one end, peg bobber and a Spro Power swivel on the other end. These rigs are 30 to 36 inches long.

For the drop loop rig. I'll tie up the drop loops and tie a duo-loc snap on one end and a Spro Power Swivel on the other. These rigs are 36 to 48 inches long depending on where I'm fishing.

I'm mostly plug but for chunking this works for me.
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Thank's for the help.
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I hope it made sense. It is easier for me to show than type. Good luck this season.
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I went to my favorite tackle store to get some 50#mono for a shock leader on my surf gear. 11' rod i use about 16' tied to my running line ,wrapped around the reel 3 times.
This is a shock leader. It's purpose is to absorb the "shock" of the initial cast as the spool of a conventional/baitcast reel spins up to speed for the cast. Using a shock leader enables you to use lighter main line for longer casting & more pack on your spool. But the lighter line may likely snap on the cast. I use Avet Raptor with 20# yellow spectra and 40# fluoro shock leader. I've never actually measured the length of my leader I simply tie and wind it on. But, like you several wraps around the reel. What weight line for shock leader (IMHO) has a lot to do with the weight of lure you're heaving and/or, exactlt how hard (far) you are attempting to wing that thing. The heaviest I cast is 1.5 ozs and a 40# leader is more than adequate for that. I've never had the need for a shock leader on a spinning reel as the line just spools off freely.

I recently ran across this knot on youtube and have been using it for my shock leader connection.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4R3_...HLNaBcBlnHfRJw


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counterman tells me just to use 3'-4' of clear mono or clear floro carbon on my running line. Because i'm using Hi vis yellow line.I went with the floro carbon.Is this new set up considered a shock leader.I like his idea better because i can get rid of the long shock leader. what do you think.
That's simply a leader. Which is a great idea in hi-vis waters, especially with yellow braid. In darker, murky water many feel a fluoro/mono leader is unnecessary. I prefer grabbing ahold of mono over braid...
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