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Old 11-03-2018, 09:11 AM
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Flouro vs Mono on surface lures?

As leader material, there seems to be varied opinions on this. Mainly interested for whiting and bream.

What is your preference and why? Breaking strain? Length?

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Old 11-03-2018, 09:26 AM
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Maxima ultra-green mono as leader... cheap, extremely abrasion resistant and floats, cheap too.
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Old 11-03-2018, 09:30 AM
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Thanks Slazmo. Do you have a breaking strain preference in the estuaries?
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Old 11-03-2018, 09:49 AM
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Thanks Slazmo. Do you have a breaking strain preference in the estuaries?
10 pound is where I'm normally at. Chasing whiting i can go down to the 4lb without worry.

Pretty good gear as the refractory index of the line is quiet high and is near invisible in saltwater, been a reliable line and leader and hugely underrated, underrepresented material for years due to snobbery - same too Vanish FC line, makes great low cost leader than buying off smaller volume spools.

There are better lines and leaders but dont always let cost dictate performance.
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Old 11-03-2018, 04:05 PM
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Unitika Trout Clear in 12lb. Not too long, around 60cm. Its a very supple leader and also able to deal with bycatch like a nice big flathead. I would go thinner if I was targeting bream though and also make the leader longer. At $20 for 150m its good value.
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Old 11-03-2018, 04:26 PM
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I use fluoro for leader whether I'm fishing surface or cranking. I just couldn't be bothered changing back and forth
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Old 11-03-2018, 05:41 PM
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Unitika Trout Clear in 12lb. Not too long, around 60cm. Its a very supple leader and also able to deal with bycatch like a nice big flathead. I would go thinner if I was targeting bream though and also make the leader longer. At $20 for 150m its good value.
Is that what you would use to target whiting on surface then?
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Old 11-03-2018, 09:12 PM
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Yep, its what I have ended up using after trying a few different leaders.
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Old 12-03-2018, 03:29 AM
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Maxima ultra-green mono as leader... cheap, extremely abrasion resistant and floats, cheap too.
Haha, I use cheap ultra green for everything these days. No more fluro for me
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Old 12-03-2018, 07:48 AM
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Yep, its what I have ended up using after trying a few different leaders.
So is the shorter leader (60cm) to keep the knot out of the eyes for casting distance, or some other reason? Appreciate your experience DrLuvski.
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Old 12-03-2018, 07:54 AM
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For whiting fishing I have the wind blowing onto my back which helps for casting distance and a 7'6" rod, I use fluorocarbon for no particular reason because my leader is basically not in the water because I'm high sticking my retrieve for the poppers. In the right conditions with a light leader and wind you can make the popper go parallel in front of you.
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Old 12-03-2018, 08:49 AM
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So is the shorter leader (60cm) to keep the knot out of the eyes for casting distance, or some other reason?.
Yep, that and there's no real reason for more. It'll just drag in the water and as it has more stretch than the braid it feels like I have less control of the lure.
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Old 15-03-2018, 12:44 AM
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Yep, that and there's no real reason for more. It'll just drag in the water and as it has more stretch than the braid it feels like I have less control of the lure.
What do you see as the advantage over FC?
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Old 15-03-2018, 01:15 AM
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Mono floats, FC sinks. Best to have it floating for surface lures although I have used FC when targeting bream on the surface but its been pretty thin (4lb) and worked fine.

FC may drag the surface lure under the water or in the case of small poppers I find it changes the action quite a bit.
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One thing that put me off mono leaders was this article

According to tackle tour. (They are using trilene XL monofilament to compare)

"Now, while our fluorocarbon lines were relatively unaffected by being wet, we did note an over 50% drop in abrasion resistance of our 12lb Trilene XL monofilament after being soaked in water for more than 10 minutes. This test seems to validate another claim by the industry: In real world conditions, fluorocarbon lines, are more abrasion resistant."


http://www.tackletour.com/reviewfluo...ontestpg5.html

Not sure if its completely relevant to popper fishing but it might be worth noting

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