Slips and tricks are the texts in which I will try to point out the most common mistakes made by anglers. Personally, I am a keen spinning, ice fishing, and sea fishing angler, so I will focus on these areas. Perhaps thanks to slips and tricks you will be able to take a shortcut without making many mistakes, which I wish all of you. Today we have the first text of the cycle, devoted to braided lines.
In this text we won’t delve deeply into the problem of what to use: a braided line or monofilament. In most fishing methods both have their uses. The most common mistake is using braided lines that are too thin. What are the consequences? A few examples below.
We are at a zander fishery, the fish are feeding and one of my friends has no bites… After fishing we exchange some thoughts and describe all the details of the equipment carefully. It turns out that he was fishing with a braided line measuring 0.08 mm. I personally also used to fish with such a thin line for two years so the symptoms and consequences were very familiar to me. Fishing with a braided line that is too thin makes the lure fall much faster. When you use relatively heavy lures the zanders have much less time to attack during the fall phase than with a thicker braided line that puts up more resistance in the water.
If a bite happened, it was often off target or the fish fell off in the first phase of the haul. The reason for that was that the drag was set according to the durability of the braided line (which is absolutely correct), which resulted in too-light hook ups. The hook couldn’t pierce the fish’s mouth because the drag was letting the line go. If the clutch was screwed on too tight the line would break at the moment of the hook up.
A good solution is using thicker braided lines, which I heartily recommend. I personally use Mikado Octa Braid lines, thickness 0.16 and 0.18 mm, which lets me hook up without a problem and haul the fish in decisively. In fact, the only situation when you need a thinner line is a stronger current in the river. In that case I use an 0.14 mm line since a thicker one can make the fall of the lure and reaching the bottom in the current more difficult. With this trick you get a longer fall and a better presentation of the lure, as well as a chance for an effective hook up…
I have heard so many stories about how the fish escaped… It was soooooo big. It took “200 meters of the line and swallowed the rig,” the leader didn’t make it, the hook got unbent… Everyone knows plenty of these storied, but how many of us have taken out really big, medal-sized fish in natural fisheries…? Why so few? Where is the problem?
Always in one spot – the weakest link of the set. One day a great Mazovian spinning enthusiast said to a less experienced friends, who just lost a medium-sized pike: “You’re only as strong as the weakest link of your set…” There is great wisdom in these words and I suggest that everyone learns them by heart and follows them every day.
You can’t use a leader with the durability of 5 kg for a strong braided line because even with a medium-sized fish and a correctly set drag, the leader will break at some point. The force of the hook up, the sudden attack of the predator or an escape of a larger fish coupled with a throw of the head, or in other words strong forces applies along a short stretch, can all make this happen.
I personally don’t use leaders (when I use a braided line) with durability smaller than 9-10 kg. They are slightly thicker but it doesn’t affect the number of bites. On the other hand, the haul of larger fish is shorter and more certain. Remember that there are really large predators in our water and we should give ourselves a chance to take a picture and have a real story to tell about a beautiful fish you managed to haul out, and not about another lost one.
When I use spinning from May until the end of December I typically fish with soft lures. I use braided lines measuring 0.14 to 0.18 mm, with a round cross section, bright color, and good durability on the knot –Mikado Octa Braid. Some good quality additions include wolfram leaders, durable safety pins, and Mikado jig heads. I use this type of equipment for pikes and perches in practically all Polish waters.
I encourage you to suggest some topics you find interesting, I will be happy to discuss some of them in “slips and tricks.”