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Recently, I purchased a medium power spinning setup to use for lighter jig and pig fishing. I spooled it with 12lb mono. The sensitivity is not great. On my med/heavy baitcaster I use a braided line and i can feel everything when jigging. Will using a fluorocarbon leader on the mono setup be enough make a noticeable difference or would I have to use enough fluoro line to go from the jig to the reel? I feel like braided line would be overkill for the spinning setup. I have no experience with fluoro and am reluctant to respool the entire reel based on conflicting opinions with performance on spinning tackle. I should also add that jig n pig fishing is new to me as well.

What would yall recommend i do to help me feel the jig better?

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Braided line

Braid only or with a FC leader?

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Braid only or with a FC leader?

This would be my choice, braid + FC (actually, FC would not be my 1st choice, that'd be P-Line Floroclear or Yo-Zuri Hybrid).

Lots of good braid out there, but for me, Power Pro has become my go-to over other brands. I use 10lb test on my spinning rigs, got one baitcaster spooled with 20, and will spool my new Lexa with 15 or 20 yellow PP. Unless you get a nasty birds nest, it will last a LONG time, and so should your spool of FC since you'll only use it as leader material.

Braid will make an Ugly Stik more sensitive.

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Personally I would go with straight FC, a decent quality one like Invisx works great for spinning. The sensitivity on slack line is way better than braid. And since jigs, shaky heads, senko's and such have a lot of time spent on slack line the extra sensitivity in that condition is worth it.

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Braid with a fluoro leader or straight fluoro will help. Both work well for light jigs. For shallow, weedy conditions, I prefer braid, and for deeper, open water, I prefer fluoro.

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Braid with a fluoro leader or straight fluoro will help. Both work well for light jigs. For shallow, weedy conditions, I prefer braid, and for deeper, open water, I prefer fluoro.

Exactly the same for me.

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One of my stradics/veritas combos are spooled with fireline with a florou leader and I can feel the difference between a branch, rock, mud, sand, stones, weeds and fish lol its a go to setup for me.

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Recently, I purchased a medium power spinning setup to use for lighter jig and pig fishing. I spooled it with 12lb mono. The sensitivity is not great. On my med/heavy baitcaster I use a braided line and i can feel everything when jigging. Will using a fluorocarbon leader on the mono setup be enough make a noticeable difference or would I have to use enough fluoro line to go from the jig to the reel? I feel like braided line would be overkill for the spinning setup. I have no experience with fluoro and am reluctant to respool the entire reel based on conflicting opinions with performance on spinning tackle. I should also add that jig n pig fishing is new to me as well.

What would yall recommend i do to help me feel the jig better?

You never mentioned your choice of rod, but braid will only do so much, there comes a point where higher quality rods will be the only way to "feel" more. I have a few $50 Berkley Lightning rod shocks, decent rods for the money, but even with braid they are still not in the same leauge for feel as my St Croix's. I

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You never mentioned your choice of rod, but braid will only do so much, there comes a point where higher quality rods will be the only way to "feel" more. I have a few $50 Berkley Lightning rod shocks, decent rods for the money, but even with braid they are still not in the same leauge for feel as my St Croix's. I

I got an abu garcia cardinal 400i combo on sale for $40. It seemed like a good deal and it was the size i was looking for. However, it does have SS guides so im not planning on using the braid for long. I can only bass fish here in utah for another week or two if im lucky.

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Braid with a leader of your choice, if you feel the water is too clear to use straight braid.

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First not all medium action rods are the same. Rod power and action will vary from rod to rod. I have three medium power rods and use each differently. Line will also make a big difference. I use an 8# flouro, 8# braid and 10# braid. Try some different combinations to find what works best for your setups.

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for me braid+FC is the best of all worlds. great sensitivity, low maintenance, multi-environment light jig rod.

i fish straight 15lb braid if in stained water, around weeds/light cover, or unpressured waters.

i use a 12lb FC leader in semi-clear to clear water, and unpressured waters.

i use a 8lb FC leader for gin clear, no cover, and/or heavily pressured waters.

and braid isn't as likely to get kinked or compromised like a spool of FC can so it lasts alot longer.

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I put power pro 10lb equivalent on the reel today and was able to test it before the weather turned. I am very pleased with the increased sensitivity and how usable the braided line is on spinning tackle. Unfortunately, i wasn't able to hook any fish today. Jig fishing will take some practice. Next time I'll add a FC leader and see how that goes.

Thanks for help.

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Braid with FC leader or straight FC will be the best. 12# mono on a spinning reel is overkill, go with 6-8# FC.

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Line management is much better with braid on spinning reels in addition to the sensitivity and line strength advantages. I'm moving toward Hi-Vis on most of my own.

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I added a 4ft Pline FC leader and am going to try it out tomorrow. we've had a few days of nice weather. My plan is to get some practice with jigs and if it doesn't produce go the old standby at my local water, drop shotting. I've only been able to get bass on the drop at this particular water, with the exception of one bass on a green pumpkin jig. Also, using a braid with FC lead on M rod, what other types of baits would go with this setup?

I will report back on how it goes.

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Tungsten is very hard and sense and transmits feel better than lead according to some. It's much more expensive but if you're in one of the areas where lead is being discouraged if not outright banned tungsten weights and jigs might be worth a look.

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Tungsten is very hard and sense and transmits feel better than lead according to some. It's much more expensive but if you're in one of the areas where lead is being discouraged if not outright banned tungsten weights and jigs might be worth a look.

I can attest to that, my dad thought it was crazy to pay 6$ for 3 weights... until I lent him one. He told me they were much more sensitive and he had a lot better feel with his favorite t-rigs.

However, tungsten is a later option for me. If your rod and line are not up to par, tungsten wont make much if any difference in sensitivity. Youd be better off to upgrade rod/reel, line, then to tungsten,

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Its funny you posted the sandpaper tip.I remember reading in another forum a couple years back a fisherman recommended doing that to increase sensitivity in his finger tips,something about sanding the dead skin cells off his finger tips so they would be more sensitive to fish taps.A little extreme.lol

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