Jigging Leader

OK guys whats your preference for jigging leader.

Should I be applying the same stealth with leader when jigging as I do with breaming.......

Standard leader brands for something Flourocarbon...

anything from PE 2 through to PE 5-6


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PE2 - Light work 40lb,

Tue, 2009-11-24 19:53

PE2 - Light work 40lb, Heavier 60lb
PE4 - 80lb

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Depends what you're jigging

Tue, 2009-11-24 19:55

Depends what you're jigging for as well. What are you chasing?

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demerals and sambo's

Tue, 2009-11-24 20:09

usually have a long leader (3m) as sometimes the jig can rise quiet high so dont want the braid to scare them off......

usually i slow things right down for dhuies, snapper etc and faster for sambos.......

is fluro any better? or supple/strong enough

i know from bream fishing the braid can scare them off....... wondering if anybody else has tested this hypothesis 

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Yeah - I also use a long

Tue, 2009-11-24 20:18

Yeah - I also use a long leader.

I use black magic supple trace, which is quite inexpensive. I also use YGK Gailis Shock Absorber. Strength depends on structure, fish & outfit.

I don't use heavy flourocarbon leaders - PR knots don't bite in as well. And if you're in deep water, it isn't essential IMO.

I always use flouro when flicking lures for bream & other finesse species.

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Mono for me

Tue, 2009-11-24 20:26

I dont think the extra expense and stiffness of the fluro is worth it. And as Daz noted, particularly at higher poundages it can be very hard to knot because of the stiffness.


Sambos, I run a longish leader (2 - 3 rod lengths) more for being able to leader the fish into the boat than any other reason.


Jigging snapper etc I still use mono and a longish leader. I'm not really proficient enough, nor have I done it enough to hypothesis whether it is the most effective method. I seem to do OK, so I adopt the "not broken, don't fix it" attitude.


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PE2-3 60lb PE4 -

Tue, 2009-11-24 20:31

PE2-3 60lb

PE4 - 80/100lb

PE6 - 120lb

I wont use anything other than Varivas Shock Leader or Fisherman Super Stealth, mainly for its suppleness and easy tieing and have knock over some good fish on both leaders.

Each to their own, but personally i don't reckon there is any need for fluoro!




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I was using a fairly hard

Tue, 2009-11-24 20:38

I was using a fairly hard fluorocarbon for the sambos in 80lb with pe4. They don't have sharp teeth but I was getting quite a bit of wear from the gill plates.

The figure 8 in the GT not was getting caught on the tipo guide occasionally, I'd have to go to PR or something if I wanted a lower profile.

I use a fairly boring formula of 5 wraps around the spool, up to the tip and back to the butt as leader length. That way I know I'm on the mono when I have both the reel and the jig in my other hand, or even better the fish on it. 



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jamie, as a rule of thumb, i

Wed, 2009-11-25 18:02

as a rule of thumb, i don't bother using fluoro in anything heavier than 30lb for jigging, unless there's a very specific need for it.

GT knot with thick flouro is asking for trouble - it will open eventually

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Ok, thanks for the warning

Wed, 2009-11-25 18:48

Ok, thanks for the warning Kasey. I'll try and remember to retie that one regularly.


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I tend to run about double

Wed, 2009-11-25 17:55

I tend to run about double or slightly less than the main line, but it does vary a little depending what i'm jigging for.

Mostly atm: 40lb fluro for 20lb demersal jigging. 100lb nylon for sambo jigging.

I do have some fluro I can use for the heavier stuff, but its pretty stiff and wiry at the larger diameters and very hard to straighten by hand (wrapping it around the spool tends to coil it). Nylon mono is a lot more supple so tends to remain straighter easier. For lighter breaking strains, a jig will keep it fluro straight, and you can hand stretch it to keep it straight pretty easily. I like running thin and stealthy, so hence the flurocarbon (harder for fish to see and more abrasion resistant). Also allows you to run a longer leader depending on the stretch.


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Look forward to having a jig

Wed, 2009-11-25 19:54

Look forward to having a jig with ya Damo!

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wave that weather wand Neal

Wed, 2009-11-25 21:53

might have to organise a SW FW jig excursion off the cape...

should be able to get a few boats out.

you coming up for the comp in may?

the blackwood should also start to fire and looking south to the pole

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Ill do my best with the

Thu, 2009-11-26 17:16

Ill do my best with the weather

Put my name down  for off the cape, work permitting tho got two 10 day shuts as of next week but free after that

 No plans for Exxy yet always keen but