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Old 03-31-2004, 08:30 AM
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I'm looking at using Lead Core Line to get my line down deaper while trolling (poor man's downrigger). My question is do I spool the whole reel with lead core ..... or just the last 100 yards (less leader) ?

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Old 03-31-2004, 08:37 AM
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Use a reel that will hold the entire 100 yard spool. Most guys use Penn 209s, Penn 309s, or Penn 320 GTis.

100 Yards of 36# lead core = 320 yards of 20# lead core as far as filling up the spool.

Most guys in my striper club use the Cabela's brand lead core. It holds it good and does not bleed. I started out using the BPS brand Magnabraid brand. It bleeds something awful.
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Old 03-31-2004, 08:38 AM
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I've used lead core a few times for trolling. In the depths I was trolling (30 to 45 ft) we were able to get by with 100 yds of line. We estimated that we got about 5 ft of depth for every 10 yds of lead core line. There is of course a limit to how much you can put out because the water drag on the line will eventually reduce it's effectiveness. Drag on the line also tends attenuate the vibrations from any fish on the lure if you have alot of line out.

Make sure to put a fair amount of leader on the line too to keep the fish from seeing the line. We use about 20 to 25 feet of leader material. Hope that helps
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Old 03-31-2004, 09:23 AM
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Never used lead core. When I troll wire it's Monel. Less kinks and stuff. You'll need a rod with Carboloy guides. Every 100 feet will get you down about 10 feet.

Braided line (thin diameter) and a drail sinker will get you down there too. I'd stick with the Carboloy guides here too.

Since I got down riggers I don't break out the wire rigs much any more. Wire does the job for sure but it's not the most fun way to fish. All that heavy line out makes for a lot of reeling.
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Old 03-31-2004, 09:31 AM
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Recovery Room- We use lead core quite a bit in the Great Lakes. You'll want a large capacity reel like a Penn 330GTi. This will hold a 100 yds of 30# dacron backing. You can also use 2-300 yds of Power Pro, or any other superbraid. Then go w/ the full core (10 colors) and then about 50 ft of Flouro leader. Dont think of lead core as a poor man's downrigger. There are different ways to achiever "poor mans downrigger". The reason I say that is because lead core excels for 2 reasons. It is a very stealthy presentation. Let out all of the leader, core, and some of the backing, and you'll be out 400 feet from the stern. That's a long way. And secondly, the most important, is that lead core will rise and fall in the water column as you turn. It cover a lot of water this way and can really initiate strikes. Now, this is how we fish it for salmon, so it may be different for you.

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Old 03-31-2004, 11:17 AM
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I've used braided line for backing (as much as I can fit) and the whole 100yds of lead core. I'm switching to super braid backing this year so I can get a bit more backing in.
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Old 03-31-2004, 11:43 AM
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I have used lead core for 15 years. I think it is still on one reel! I also have some mono under it. I like it because it allows more action than a heavy weight. We used to figure it went down 6 ft per color (10 yds), depending on speed.
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Old 03-31-2004, 12:24 PM
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Guys, thanks for the advise. I appreciate it.
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Old 03-31-2004, 01:34 PM
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Fishing for lakers in Canada we used a hundred yards of lead core and about a hundred yards of 20# Dacron backing on a Penn 309M. If that didn't get us down into the "zone" there was only one other choice...going over to banjo (Pflueger Pakron 3178) reels and monel (30#) wire always worked. Didn't like the kinking that monel did, but it was effective. For every 50ft out, down 5ft. If you added a 4oz weight, you got down an additional 5ft.
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