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Thursday, August 28, 2014

How to Use Lead Core

What is lead core you ask? Lead core is a fishing line that's been around a long time, but is gaining more and more popularity recently. It's basically a long leaded sinker wrapped in a braid of some kind. I like using Suffix 832 Advanced Lead Core in 18 pound test. The lead core is wrapped in Dyneema and Gore fibers used in making the 832 Advanced Superline. This weave is a lot tighter resulting in a 70% increase in line strength, it dives 30% deeper and it has a lot more sensitivity. Since the weave is tighter, it sinks faster than regular lead core. So what does all of this mean? Lead core line is colored differently for every 30 feet (10 yards) of line. Traditional lead core sinks 5 feet for each color of line you have out. The Suffix 832 sinks 7 feet for each color of line. I have my line spooled onto high quality line counter reels, attached to 7 foot medium heavy trolling rods. I reset the line counter when the first color of line touches the water. (I attach a 10 foot fluorocarbon leader to the end of the lead core to lesson the shock when a fish hits and to make the line invisible in the water) After resetting the line counter, once you have the first color of line in the water, it should read 30 feet on your reel, and you will know you have dropped the bait on the end of your leader by 7 feet. (I like using a floating minnow type of crankbait that runs about 5 to 7 feet when being reeled in. I take that added depth into account when dropping my bait down to the fish.) If I have marked fish on my locator suspended at 30 feet in 75 feet of water, and I know for every 30 feet of line (or every color if you don't have a line counter reel) my bait is dropping 7 feet plus the 5 to 7 foot drop for the bait, so I will need to let out 90 feet (or 3 colors) of line to reach 26 to 28 feet deep trolling at 2 miles per hour. If the fish are at 30 feet, that means I am running my bait 2 to 4 feet above them. Since fish's eyes are on top of their heads, they feed looking up, so being 2 to 4 feet above them is a good place to start. If I'm not getting the fish to strike my lure at that depth, I will let out another 4 feet of line, which should drop my bait by about another foot. I will keep repeating that until I hit the sweet spot by putting fish in the net. Fish are still suspended over deep water this time of year, and they're starting to get hungry, so if you want to put fish in the boat, using lead core is a great option right now.

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