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Benbreda
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Joined: Tue Oct 30th, 2007
Location: Langebaan, South Africa
Posts: 37
Equipment: daiwa sealinne 50H, 3 piece graphite rod, dble x 35lb ...
Best Catch: Kob , 21lbs
Favorite Fishing Spot: Cape Augulhas, Struis Baai, Fresh water - Vaaldam
Boat: going to try kayak fishing
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Good morning all

I am using 25lb (0.39mm) Double X platinum for my leaders attached to 5lb Double X platinum main  line . My reels are shimano super bait runners.  I feel that the leader diameter is to thick for a nice presentation?  My weights vary from m0 to m2 and often a vaaldam strop with a p4.  Can I go thinner.  Idealy I would like to go thinner but still with a strong enough breaking strain to handle the force of a flat out cast.

Would braid be a practical option and if so which one should I go for. I have been warned that the thinner your leader the easier you can cut your finger?

This is for freshwater fishing targeting carp etc from the bank(papgooi)

Any suggestions/advice will be appreciated

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200ts
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Joined: Mon Jun 11th, 2007
Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
Posts: 643
Equipment: Blade HMG,Blue Marlin G3 14ft, 6-8, Saltist 50. Kingfisher ...
Best Catch: Will Update before end of this year :)
Favorite Fishing Spot: where ever the fish are
Boat: Dont have one
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Hi, the only way is to try, I have used Kingfisher Giant Abrasion as a leader the 9.1kg if im not mistaken it is 0.35mm. i have never had a break off on a flat out cast with this. i would not worry about cutting your finger with nylon, if you using a very thin braid than i would worry :)


all the best

Last edited on Tue Nov 30th, 2010 07:36 am by 200ts

VR_VEEZ
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Joined: Sat Feb 9th, 2013
Location: Dundee, South Africa
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Equipment: Sensation DC-180 13ft, Magnum Nighthawk with 5lbs Double X Legend ...
Best Catch: Carp 23kg, Little Tugela. Barbel : 21,2kg blood river
Favorite Fishing Spot: Blood River &Chelmsford dam
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Hi benbreda

I have found that the aiwa shima reflector line suits bank angling nicely. It has a high breaking strength, low diamete, low memory and is ideal for the problem u have. Braid is another option bt I have found that wen wet it tends to get heavy and I loose distance. I might be wrong bt the reflector line wrks very well for me

Best of luck
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Joined: Mon Apr 27th, 2009
Location: Eldoraigne , South Africa
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Equipment: Fishing Tackle and Lot's of IT
Best Catch: Anything with fins - from a 15gr 3 spot Barb ...
Favorite Fishing Spot: RSA
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Diameter of 0.35mm is the maximum you need for an all day flat out casting with weights from 0-4

To really provide clean presentation with all weights I would look at 0.30-0.32mm for M0-M1.5 and a 0.35 for M1.5-P7

The thinner the leader the less your line twists up so a Braid leader really works well and we use 20lbs (27lbs) Jerry Brown green. It is 0.18mm and lays flat on the bottom. Is easily used from a spring to a 120gr weight.

As with all braid fishing a finger stall or elastoplast is recommended and always tighten the drag before every single cast.