Fishing Choices Clarified
Inside the Outdoors, June 19
, 2015

As everyone knows, I have a passion for the sport of fishing. When I got into it some 35 years ago, I did so more as a fishing tackle retailer. At first, I thought I could just sell the items and then gradually slide into the sport. But then, fellows would question me why I hadn’t been out and the peer pressure got to me. Thanks to such good friends as the late Michael Stein, I got to weekly venture out to various lakes for the challenges that lay ahead.

Then, fishing was a bit elementary, for a better choice of words. Since our many trips, technology has taken over and advancements have carved their way into the presence and future. Now, the simplicity of the sport is a bit advanced for this old man.

Thanks to Cabela’s, one of the leading fishing retailers in the country, I received one of their promotion catalog type publications in the mail. It was filled with information that helped fill the gaps of information I needed to know, but hadn’t taken the time to investigate.

One section was titled, More Than Just Pound Test, The ins and outs of lines and leaders.

I have always fished with monofilament and some floating fly line, but the braided and fluorocarbon products were still on my “to do” lists. However, I have heard pros and cons of both lines, so I pretty much stayed away from them. They may have been petty complaints, but first impressions do leave one with future choice picks.

So, when I saw in this Cabela’s tabloid the head, Mono vs. Braid, it was a sight for sore eyes or something like that.

Many of us who are long-time anglers have often done so from the shore. Since we have had lakes that either don’t permit boating or don’t rent floatation devices for such purposes, boating was not an option. Thus, monofilament seemed to be the choice. Having a tackle shop, the general purchases always included the clear or colored plastic strands as opposed to the newer lines. Stren and Trilene topped the list when it came to sales.

Don’t get me wrong. It is still preferred by some anglers for trolling. The writer of this section pointed to one individual who would rather use monofilament for trolling for walleye because of its “stretch-ability.”

So, along come the two other choices of line, fluorocarbon and braid. One professional advocated the product as the only way to fish. But anglers have stated to me that there are knot-tying problems with this line, so be fore warned. Cabela’s states that it’s great for leaders.

“Fluorocarbon is preferable to monofilament leaders became fluorocarbon is virtually invisible underwater,” it said. But the writer also stated, “But remember, not to make your leaders any longer than your trolling rods. If you do, you won’t be able to reel them up far enough to boat a fish, because the snap-swivel on the leader will not pass through the tip-top line guide.”
Here is the plus to using braided line. It does not stretch. Here again the writer said, “(Braid) transfers more of what’s happening at the end of the line to the rod.” Once again, the addition was made, “Braid also works better than mono when using diving devices, such as Luhr-Jensen Dipsy Divers, making for a crisp release of the diving device when a fish hits or when you must trip a diver’s release manually. The thin diameter of braid, as compared to mono, also allows a troller to get lures deeper with less line out,” the document stated.

Many of the fishing lures I sell at the Latrobe Farmers’ Market have a monofilament leader attached. Preferably, I make them this way so that all that the fish see are the lures and not, maybe, the devices attached to the lures. After reading this valuable information, I may attempt to tie some fluorocarbon leaders to the small fish imitations. They may be just what the doctor ordered.

Not only are we in bass season, but many of the other species’ seasons overlap. This periodical pretty much zeroed in on fishing for walleye. In one section, the booklet talked about the reactions of these fish to certain times of the year.

Now that we are entering early summer, this is what the writer had to say about what lures to use for catch these fish. Recommended were the Berkley Flicker Shad, the Cotton Cordell G-Finish Wally Diver, and the Storm Hot-N-Tot. With summer not too far away, it recommends Cabela’s Charter Series Walleye Runner, Berkley Flicker Minnow, and Rapala Deep Tail Dancer.

Other lures recommended for catching walleye by Cabela’s are the Cabela’s Scuttle Shad and Flat-Side Minnow, Rapala Tail Dance and Reef Runer Deep Little Ripper.

- Paul J. Volkmann
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