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15lb Mainline - Do i need a shockleader ??

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Ho Everyone.

 

I'm using 3lb TC rods with 3oz leads & on occasions a small pva stick. Casting up to 100 yds (defo no more).

If i spool up with 15lb mainline, will i need a shockleader ??

 

What mainline (not braid though) would you suggest ... i'm tempted by Shimano Technium 15lb ... any further recommendation appreciated.

 

 

Many Thanks

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g4fne - you are in sort of a gray area here.

 

2oz cast to 60 yards on 15lb line and I'd say you absolutely would not need a shockleader unless you did the jerkiest casts of any human alive.

 

4oz cast to 100 yards on 15lb line and absolutely you would need a shockleader.

 

Personally, I would opt for shockleader with the rig you mention because at best, you are right at the upper limit of safety and add a PVA bag would put you over.

 

Mainline - since you say no braid I can't help here.

 

[ 17. February 2005, 06:37 PM: Message edited by: Newt ]


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a 100 yards thats more line than on my reel and what with all the knots joining the bits together i can only get 50


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ithink you will struggle to get 100 yrds with 15 lb line and a pva bag u need to go down to about 10 lb and buy a tapered shockleader esp do a good one they go from 15lb to45lb from any good tackle shop where they will be able to give you advice on knots and such.100 yrds is a lot further than most people think....

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a 100 yards thats more line than on my reel and what with all the knots joining the bits together i can only get 50

chesters1 - think of it this way. You are probably the only angler around who ties broken shoelaces together for a mainline and can still cast 50 yards (or even 50 feet).

 

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G4, you should be pretty safe with 15lb, but make sure you use a good knot. I use a twice thro eye 5turn blood for the swivel and 15lb Sensor and whack 3.25 and a couple of stringers over 90yds.

 

Without stringer (and downwind :D ) I can get 110 with the same line and weight.

 

If you need you can switch to 20lb braid and get less diameter but you probably wont get much further.

 

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15 should be fine without a shockey

u may struggle for the distance though, depends on the diameter, u want a low diameter for casting big range, but if 100 yards is a maximum and you are only occassionally casting that far, u should be fine. I used a similar setup no the river ebro and 120 yards was fine

 

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switching to braid should put an extra 10-15yards on your cast :)

 

the idea of whacking a pva bag out 100 yards really doesnt seem like a good idea, for one the bag isnt able to get that far the force of the cast should realiscally rip the bag open a fully loaded pva bag with a 2ounce lead minimum would probably weight in excess of 5ounces :( too much pressure IMO on the bag the lead would come straight out! :( if your bagging up at 100 yards i would opt to change tactics and use a beefy spod rod 30lb Power Pro braid straight through ! then maybe attach a small stringer, (not too long though as the aero dynamics of the stringer will affect the cast)then fish ontop or just off your spodded area!

 

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A key factor is whether shockleaders are permitted on the water you intend to fish. On some waters they are banned.

 

Pro s of the shock leader are if your timing is out you do not crack off.

 

Down side with a shockleader is if you really go for it you might get broken rod if you screw up.

 

One disadvantage I noted with a shock leader is the damage you can do to a Titan Viper if not paying attention :(

 

Last season I really screwed up as I lost my footing really going for the "big one" the 45lb shock leader snapped (in the thick bit).....hell of crack..... :rolleyes:

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