RE: Noodle Rod Rigging
same here fishrmn, i use no leader, straight 4lb with a #16 hook. a fishing line is only as strong as its weakest knot. if i break off i just tie a new hook. ive have very little break offs on fish ever. usually the only time my line breaks is on a snag. like was said, dont make it complicated. you can use heavier line if you wish but the heavier the line, the more fish that will spook from it. anything more than 8lb is unnecesary. when i first started fishing steelies i used 8lb. test and #12 hooks. people kept telling me to use a smaller hook but i just couldnt imagine a #16-20 hook handling these strong fish. eventually i gave in and tried them. my hook up rate has increased drastically since doing so. ive really noticed that the lightest you can go without having many breakoffs will catch more fish.
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