Hi AMFisHers! This weeks AMFisH fishing vlog is about using fishing leaders:
Leaders are basically a very durable line that is used with a swivel to tie your main line to and the purpose they serve is to protect your main line from any harm.
If you are like me and fish for predator species like pike and musky you will know that the teeth on these fish can do a lot of damage, especially to a thin fishing line and this is where leaders comes in.
Fishing leaders are made from various materials, mainly wire line and thick fluorocarbon line, along with a tough O ring and swivel for quick changing of baits. They also vary in length from a few inches right up to 24″ and some being customized even longer.
I use them all the time with various crainkbaits, spoons and any bait that has an O ring on it, as a leader will not work well with baits that do not have a closed O ring to connect to. Using it on a bait without an O ring will cause you nothing but grief on the water, with the swivel moving around causing tangles and the bait not being able to function correctly.
Some people may say they hinder the action of some baits even when used correctly, but this is not something I have ever struggled with, baits work just fine on the swivel if rigged correctly of course.
A huge plus is they allow for very quick changing of baits and as you know as an AMFisHer it is critical at times to be able to change that bait very quickly to stay on that bite. I would suggest using leaders mainly for baits you would cast, spoons, crankbaits, jerkbaits, these types of baits.
Another thing to take into consideration is the clarity of the water you are fishing in, if it’s clear water you will want to use a fluorocarbon leader that is more invisible to the fish. In darker or stained water you can get away with using the black, silver or brown leaders, as the fish will have a much harder time seeing it.
For casting it’s better to use a smaller length leader, somewhere in the range of 6 inches to 8 inches as you don’t want to be swinging around a long leader and potentially snag something or someone. When trolling it’s opposite go to a longer leader in the range of 14 inches to 22 inches, especially when you are fishing for bigger species, WHY well those bigger species will follow a bait and strike extremely aggressively potentially inhaling the entire bait and some of your leader, so the more safe buffer space you have before your main line is best.
Hope you found this vlog helpful!
The AMFisH guy…
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