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Looking for advice, I started using braid last year and really like it both on my Spinning and baitcasting reels. I've read where a lot of you guys use a mono or Floro leader and some tie direct. There are days where my hands shake so bad it really becomes a chore to tie on a leader so I don't. I read somewhere that you can just use a magic marker to color the first foot or so of your line to help hide it. 

Here is where I need some help, I'm going to try this but was wondering if fish are able to smell the marker?

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Most anglers use a large size black Sharpie pen.

Tom

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Imo i wouldn't worry about that. I use marker on my line and on baits that i feel have too much chartreuse and have good results

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I don't think it matters at all. 

Even tho some folks here do color thier line. 

They'll be along shortly. 

 

And certainly don't think a bass will smell it and turn away. 

 

But thats me. 

 

 

 

 

Mike

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1 hour ago, Buffdaddy54 said:

I read somewhere that you can just use a magic marker to color the first foot or so of your line to help hide it. 

I do color the first 10ft of my high vis yellow braid with a permanent black marker ..... largest marker you can find.

I still believe the bass see the line, but just maybe it is a bit more natural?

I don't think they spend a lot of time trying to figure it out.

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If you're fishing a reaction type bait or lure I wouldn't worry too much. 

 

If you're finesse fishing or fishing slow then maybe it matters. Only the fish really know. So many variables on any given day I think it's impossible to say for sure. 

If you're fishing a reaction type bait or lure I wouldn't worry too much. 

 

If you're finesse fishing or fishing slow then maybe it matters. Only the fish really know. So many variables on any given day I think it's impossible to say for sure. 

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If you do want to color it, buy a fat tip sharpie and cut a slit into it with a razor.  Run the line through the slit and it will now color all sides of the line at once and is far less likely to leave black stripes on your fingers. 

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Just use green braid and then don’t worry about coloring it. That whole coloring line with a Sharpie never made sense to me anyways (except maybe the bright yellow stuff). You fish black lures at night and in dirty water because bass can see them better, but color your braid black so they can’t see it...makes sense, right?

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I use a large, chisel tip, Sharpie to color my high vis yellow and orange braid. Have been for years. I haven't noticed a change in my catch rate at all.

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Get some spike it markers for coloring and adding scent to baits. I use the red one for my red braid- but its more for me than the fish.

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I just color the inside of my glasses with the marker.

That way my line always looks dark.

:smiley:

A-Jay

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I color my braid when I'm flipping grass sometimes, but I can't honestly tell you if it helps or not, just a confidence thing. Cut a little notch in a chisel tip Sharpie and it makes it very easy to do. 

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23 hours ago, BrackishBassin said:

Just use green braid and then don’t worry about coloring it. That whole coloring line with a Sharpie never made sense to me anyways (except maybe the bright yellow stuff). You fish black lures at night and in dirty water because bass can see them better, but color your braid black so they can’t see it...makes sense, right?

exactly. let's throw black baits so bass can find them and use scent to mask scent from our hands or lure bass in but then color out line with black marker that stinks more than keitechs squid scent so they won't see it.... Solid logic. 

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Most anglers are coloring braid that has faded white because the dye runs or bright colored braid darker for more confidence.

Fins dark green braid doesn't fade the color is perminate, another reason I use it.

Tom

 

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I color it because I can't see the green braid in the water. Even with bifocals, I can't see the line. I use hi-vis yellow or orange so that I can see my line above the water. Hopefully the fish can't see it as well under the water.

 

A-Jay, I saw your U.S.C.G. Retired. My youngest son is nine years into his career. He's an MK. That child loves the Coast Guard!

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2 hours ago, volzfan59 said:

I color it because I can't see the green braid in the water. Even with bifocals, I can't see the line. I use hi-vis yellow or orange so that I can see my line above the water. Hopefully the fish can't see it as well under the water.

 

A-Jay, I saw your U.S.C.G. Retired. My youngest son is nine years into his career. He's an MK. That child loves the Coast Guard!

 @volzfan59Best kept secret in the county.  

I did 28 yrs - would have done 28 more if they'd let me.

 Please Thank him for his service for me.

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A-Jay

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