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What Pound Braid Do You Suggest? And What Floro Leader?

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I currently have 30 pound braid on all my rods. (both spin and baitcaster) I then have a leader 4-5 feet long on the end, which has been 12 pound mono. Im planning to switch to a floro leader for the abrasion strength. Does the 30pound braid/12pound floro seem like a good pair?

 

Im fishing for bass 99% of the time and here in northeast PA ive only caught 2 over 6 pounds, so i dont need monster tackle. But, we have some heavy cover/vegetation in some lakes i fish, so half of me questions the 12 pound leader especially in the hard, heavy cover hooksets. 

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If it is working, doesn't sound so bad to me.  For me, I use 10 lb braid on my spinning and I have a baitcaster with 40 Lb.  I have trouble with the braid digging in and occasionally just stopping on the baitcaster.  I use floro and copoly leaders.   I would up size that heavy cover leader to 20lbs or go with out a leader.   

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On my spinning rod I use 10# braid with an 8# fluoro leader.  Works for me.

 

I have one baitcaster spooled with braid and use 30# braid with a 12# fluoro leader.  I don't fish heavy cover/vegetation though.  I fish a rocky river and 12# fluoro leader works for me.

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I use 30# braid with 15# fluoro on 2 bait casters and 20# braid with 15-8# fluoro on spinning gear. Both work good for me.

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Go with what you feel confident using...

 

For me, spinning gear gets 10lb PowerPro

and casting gear gets 20lb PowerPro

 

I use leaders on all anywhere from 6-15 lb

test (mostly Yo Zuri Hybrid) and catch bass

aplenty over the seasons.

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Nothing but personal preference.  I use 20# P-line floroclear for my leaders, I'm starting to have a little trouble tying knots with a thinner leader.  12# should be fine, highly doubtful a 6# will break the leader, a bigger fish is pulling out drag, again the leader should not break.  In heavy cover I would be more concerned over the rod needed, rather than the line and leader.  Being a bank fisherman for bass I have adopted some of my saltwater tactics to land larger bass from shore using lighter gear.  One thing I guarantee, pulling in a 6# bass ( I've done this with larger ones) loaded up with salad, you will find out how good your knots are.

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If you're fishing heavy vegetation I'd suggest going with no leader and tying direct instead. 

 

I use 8-10lb fluoro leaders on my spinning rods, I tie direct with my casting rods with braid. 

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