Light tackle- fishing line.

 Most of my fishing has been done with medium-heavy land based gear, with 20-60lb proper mono leader . I rarely get out the lighter rigs. So I'm not sure what light leader to use from the beach. 

In the past, when fishing light tackle, I have generally just used normal mono fishing line for leader material. Maybe 6-12 lb. This line always seems to twist/curl and tangle more than the proper leader material.  I have not seen proper leader material in these lighter weights - or am I just blind?? (other than fluorocarbon which is too expensive for my modest budget) The proper stuff seems to have a coating on it and is harder wearing and curls less. 

What do u guys use for lighter leader material for fish like whiting, herring, tarwhine, dart etc. Is it available at tackle stores in 6-12lb weight?

i use between 6-12lb braid mainline. 

Thanks for any advice. 



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maxima is the best

Tue, 2014-01-07 16:19

 maxima is the best imo,get it at bcf plus most quality tackle shops,get the moss green colour,invisible in the water

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 Jinkai premium comes in 4,8

Tue, 2014-01-21 08:24

 Jinkai premium comes in 4,8 and 12lb. Not cheap, good stuff though.


 Fisherman, constantly trying to out-smart fish.......with limited success  

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Berkley Vanish Fluorocarbon

Wed, 2014-01-22 18:10

Berkley Vanish Fluorocarbon can be had for around $20 for 100m spool in the fishing line section of your local tackle shop.  The same comes in 25m rolls , and for the same price, in the leader section.  Whether the "leader" version is more abrasion resistant, I sure can't tell the difference in the 4 to 12 lb breaking strains.