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Fishing braided line with or without a leader?
« on: August 05, 2017, 04:39:50 AM »

I'm pretty new to fishing I have a new lews speed spool I loaded up with braid and was just curious on how much of a difference using a leader makes when fishing a jig or a Texas rig? I figured it probably doesn't make much difference on a chatterbait, spinnerbait or buzz bait. I've watched YouTube videos of pros who say they hardly ever will use a leader when fishing braided line even when using Texas rigs or jigs but didn't know how much of an effect this would have on visibility and the fact that braid floats I've heard?

Thanks in advance guys!
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Re: Fishing braided line with or without a leader?
« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2017, 05:44:55 AM »

I use  a leader on anything that is not a moving bait. Sometimes in stained water I go straight braid but in clear water I use a fluoro leader. The exception to this is when I'm flipping heavy cover I use straight braid. I'm definitely not a professional though so take what I say with a grain of salt.

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Re: Fishing braided line with or without a leader?
« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2017, 05:49:21 AM »

The only advantage I can see with a fluoro leader for braid is if you are putting the bait somewhere that has a structure that is abrasive. Braid is easily cut, so rocky areas and thick timber could present some issues.
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Re: Fishing braided line with or without a leader?
« Reply #3 on: August 05, 2017, 06:16:27 AM »

Welcome to Ultimate Bass, to fish with a leader or no leader is a popular topic. You will find one group that swears by leaders, you will have the other group that swear by no leaders. My advice is to fish with a leader for a bit and then without. Let your experience be your guide.
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Re: Fishing braided line with or without a leader?
« Reply #4 on: August 05, 2017, 06:30:23 AM »

I'm a no leader fisherman. The waters i fish are not clear and even if they were i'm still up in the about if it matters to the fish.
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Re: Fishing braided line with or without a leader?
« Reply #5 on: August 05, 2017, 07:08:30 AM »

I'm a no leader fisherman. The waters i fish are not clear and even if they were i'm still up in the about if it matters to the fish.

Dittos X2. No leaders. I gave up on them years ago. Braid from reel to lure now.

The leader is usually the weakest link and is where the break will happen if you lose a fish. One of my fishing buddies swears by leaders, and swears at them every time he loses a fish. I just keep my mouth shut and bite my tongue to try and hold back the laugh each time... and as he gets madder about it he will sometimes say I know you don't use leaders and I will be thinking and yeah, I don't lose fish like that either!

One day I was fishing a crystal clear spring fed lake and for those who think the braid line scares the fish I watched as small baby bass were actually swimming up to my braid line pecking it at it to see if it were something they could eat. They showed absolutely no fear of the line at all.

So I am firmly now in the no leader camp and staying put.
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Re: Fishing braided line with or without a leader?
« Reply #6 on: August 05, 2017, 07:10:52 AM »

For Bass Fishing I use braid without a leader most of the time.
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Re: Fishing braided line with or without a leader?
« Reply #7 on: August 05, 2017, 09:53:30 AM »

I just recently switched to braid and mostly use TX rigged worms. Haven't noticed a difference. I fish in stained water, and I'm not an experienced bass fisherman at all.
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Re: Fishing braided line with or without a leader?
« Reply #8 on: August 05, 2017, 10:24:56 AM »

In my mind I agree that a leader, and the extra knots are a weak link in the system.  I'm a no leader guy for bass fishing.  I don't think fish see the line on any action bait.
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Re: Fishing braided line with or without a leader?
« Reply #9 on: August 05, 2017, 10:49:37 AM »

I don't use leaders, I have found them to be a point of failure. I do have spools with mono that I can put in my reels if I am going to fish a place with clear water.

I rather have a rod with braid and a rod with mono or fluoro than 1 rod with a leader.
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Re: Fishing braided line with or without a leader?
« Reply #10 on: August 05, 2017, 11:21:55 AM »

I don't like leaders and don't use them.  Only use braid in heavy cover, flipping and pitching.  In clear water I use Floro.  Top water I use mono. 
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Re: Fishing braided line with or without a leader?
« Reply #11 on: August 05, 2017, 01:34:11 PM »

I don't like leaders and don't use them.  Only use braid in heavy cover, flipping and pitching.  In clear water I use Floro.  Top water I use mono.
  Agree with big g and his thinking--I do not like leaders either so if I am fishing pretty clear water I will use floro or mono if I think about it  :)   not sure that it is an issue to me. Braid winds up getting fished most of the time no matter the clarity of the water
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Re: Fishing braided line with or without a leader?
« Reply #12 on: August 05, 2017, 01:53:06 PM »

Welcome to the Ultimate Bass family! Pleasure to have you with us. Pull up a chair, make yourself right at home and jump in wherever you feel comfortable. 

Here is my personal opinion. I gave up using leaders a few years back. I fish hi-vis braid in some of the clearest water on the face of the earth and I don't believe it has ever cost me any fish. Also consider that a leader adds an extra knot to the equation and that a knot is (arguably) the weakest link in your chain so the more knots you have the more chances for problems you have.
Now having said that, as LMG pointed out abrasive objects can tear up braid pretty quick. In those instances I would go straight flouro. And as Bassinlou said you should try it for yourself and see what works best for you. Again, this is just my opinion and what I have found to work best for me.

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