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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-11-2015, 04:29 PM Thread Starter
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leaders

I mostly troll for musky but my son has just bought some big spinners. "Pike Dreamers" ? anyway i just run braided steel leaders when trolling (whatever ones Walmart sells)

the kid wants to know if he should use the same leaders while casting those big spinners?

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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-11-2015, 09:42 PM
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Re: leaders

I use braided steel and sometimes solid wire. Just make sure the hardware is good quality. Junk hardware can break and sometimes the swivels don't swivel or spin and your line will twist.

Quality hardware will work as designed and save you a lot of problems.
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Re: leaders

any brand recommendations? we use 9 in eagaleclaw 30lb heavy duty leaders.

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Re: leaders

Eagle Claw should be good. I try to stay away from the no name stuff you sometimes find at Wal-Mart. I buy a lot from a local bait shop or Bass Pro.
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Re: leaders

BTW you can buy loose steel or "Steelon" and make your own. I use crimps to assemble mine. Most of the parts can be found online.

The biggest problem with cheap leaders is swivels that do not spin and twist your line.
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Re: leaders

thanks

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Re: leaders

Good luck!
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Re: leaders

If they are the small black eagle claw leaders that come in the small pack wrapped in a circle with small swivels and snaps...I would absolutely not trust them. 30 lb, is not enough, mostly because of the snaps and swivels....maybe with small pike lures, but I'd hate to lose expensive lures on bottom, or worse yet issue a death sentence by pinning jaws shut.

And yes, muskies can easily be handled and landed on light tackle...but if targeting them it is in your best interest, and the fish's to beef it up.

I realize the good leaders can be expensive, but they can usually handle more caught fish before looking like an accordion too. Good luck!

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Re: leaders

they say 30lb but are not black. i have caught probably 15 musky trolling lures with them and never a fail yet. most have been between 30 and 40 in with a 44 in and one probbably pushing 50 that the hooks pulled lose.
i was just wondering if guys that ran the big spinners used something special. i never fished spinners for them.

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Re: leaders

You need a 3 way swivel with 5 -10 oz of lead hanging on the bottom of the swivel to prevent twisting. I blood knot 50 lb fluorocarbon right to my braid. Have close to 50 fish in the boat this year.
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