3 years ago1,000+ Views
My boyfriend signed me up for some of those monthly tackle boxes (can you tell he's into fishing?) and I know I'm going to be getting some pretty cool new lures! But I have a big question: which lures do I need to use leaders with? He rigs them up for pretty much any lure, but I was under the impression you really only need leaders in certain situations, not for every single lure! I'm using 12lb braid as my mainline on a spinning setup and I'm wondering if I have to use leader (been using 8lb mono) on every type of bait/lure i throw out there. I just know that topwater frogs can be tied directly to braid. Are other topwater lures the same? What about all the other types of lures?
Reactions baits don't need leaders, finesse presentation baits should have a leader, preferably fluoro.
Pretty much any topwater doesn't need a leader, at least for bass. I put a leader on any subsurface bait.
@dougjohnson What do you mean by reaction baits? @mcgraffy Ah, thanks! That makes sense.
Agreeing with @mcgraffy here: over, don't need, under, need!
@fallingwater Reaction baits are baits like spinnerbaits and crankbaits that generally travel the whole time and trigger a "reaction bite" from the fish via movement. Because they don't have as much time to study the presentation the line isn't as important here.