11/11/2011 at 11:47 pm #7091
Just curious as to what strength line main and shock leader everyone is using down here. I have one rod and currently use a 8kg main line and 60lb as a shock leader, this is what I had used up north and worked fine however down here I am Starting to think the 8kg is too light as have lost abit of line (and fish) in the breakers/drop off. Been too cheap well wanted to finish off a big spool of line I had before replacing it.Targeting the elusive rig and eles that everyone seems to catch, so what would be best for me. Cheers12/11/2011 at 12:13 am #19258BirdlingsflatParticipant
Ive never used a “shock leader”I use 35lb braid mainline and a 50lb trace coupled by a safetypin swivel for quick change of the rig..12/11/2011 at 12:16 am #19260MiliwolfParticipant
I normally fish between 20 and 25lb line (9 to 11kg) with a 40lb shock leader. Can normally get a season out of my line.
If you stick to cleaner beaches and calmer seas then 8kg would be fine. Have probably fished it myself.12/11/2011 at 12:23 am #19261troutfishernzParticipant
Most of the time I use 20lb mono mainline and 50lb shockleader. I find this good still heavy enough not to get too damaged by the swell and stones etc but still light enough to get a decent cast. Any heavier than 20lb or 0.40mm and your casting distance will be significantly effected.
If its calm with swells less than 1/2 a metre I use my second reel with 12lb mainline and 60lb shockleader.12/11/2011 at 12:26 am #19262
I use mostly 30-40lb line but it’s all .50 or .45 diameter. 20lb with a 60lb shocky is fine for rig and eles i only use heavier cos i go after rays and sharks. Fish as light as you can youll cast further just need to get out behind the breakers keep your rod high and line tight so it doesnt get burried.12/11/2011 at 12:33 am #19263
I use no shock leader ,but thats because my mainline is 35kg braid.It was damn handy horsing in 50lb greyboys.The diameter is still only like 20 mono.I dont like playing fish to death on lite line.I am after a feed foremost.Flyfishing I use 6lb fluoro, which works nearly everywhere.12/11/2011 at 1:02 am #19264elmo22Participant
i use 37lb main line and the same for traces, seams to work for me12/11/2011 at 2:20 am #19268fishforpotParticipant
Majority of the time I use either 12 or 15lb main with 30lb casting leader …..fishing Spencers Park in open water needs a good heave , this setup helps ….same gear off other beaches ….
Often tho , at the deeper shingle beaches if it’s half a mtr or less I’ll drop down to a trout rod with 8lb casting leader and 1kg main ….Had no issues landing some good rig and ele’s with this gear , still after that 10-1 schoolshark …numbers seem to have dropped off over the last several years
Use the same gear at the Waimac mouth for kahawai …I tried 1lb pretest , what a joke …..got wasted every time12/11/2011 at 8:12 am #19273
Usually 25lb mainline and 50lb leader. I’d go lighter if I needed to cast far but I normally go to shingle beaches and/or fish at night time.12/11/2011 at 10:37 pm #19277
30lb mainline and 40lb leader, only fish shingle beaches, otherwise I would go lighter main line.12/11/2011 at 10:49 pm #19278oldgreyboyParticipant
25 lb mainline 50 lb trace two hook ledger rig with 5/0 hooks works for me in timaru13/11/2011 at 5:10 am #19281
Wow, thanks for all the responses, sort of guessed it was a “How long is a piece of string question?” but there is some similarities there and I am abit light at the moment. Cheers13/11/2011 at 10:52 am #19284BirdlingsflatParticipant
a piece of string is twice the length from one end to the middle16/11/2011 at 3:19 am #19338HIPPParticipant
Nice one ian, Ill have to borrow that lol.23/11/2011 at 9:29 am #19469DuckmanParticipant
Just wondering, i use 35lb nylon, what is better nylon or braid
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