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Looking for some clarification using leadcore. I understand the 30ft/10 yd color rule using leadcore, but I'm wondering about the depth. I've heard that every 30 ft/color of leadcore is anywhere from 5 to 7 feet, depending upon speed. Let's say 1.5 to 2 mph, would you say 30 ft of leadcore is good for 7 feet?

Also when talking about getting a bait to specific depth, I never read or watch any stories that take the bait into account. For example, if you have a deep-diver on the end that normally would run 10 feet or more, do you need to take that into acct when spooling out leadcore? For example again, if I'm trying to get a deep diver down to 25'. If I let out approx 2 colors of leadcore/60 ft (Should equate to approx 15 feet of depth) , adding the additional 10 ft of depth that naturally will come from the depth the bait is designed to run at, is this how it works?

Or does the bait even matter? If you want a floater or deep diving rap running at 20 feet, just let out the 3 colors/20 ft of leadcore?

This leadcore stuff sounds like it can be effective, but also confusing to get dialed in.



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Well im new to lead as well, but I have time to type.

I think 5 feet per color at 2mph is pretty accurate. You wont get 7 per color unless you are using the new suffix advanced. also I end up needing to go a bit faster than 2 to trigger bites, so then it is even less.

The dive curve of the lure does come into effect, even more if you have a longer leader (recommended). a short leader will steal some of the natural diving depth of the lure. But yes, if you run a deep diver, it will run deeper with the same amount of lead out than a non deep diver.

I found really what worked best, was just getting out and doing it. you very quickly develop patterns in what works. let out line slowly until you hit bottom and then take note of how much lead it took to do it. It takes some time for the lure and lead to dive so it helps to let out a color or so, and then give the lure a chance to sink for a moment then let out more.

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Couple other tips from the non experianced. I found that mono leaders sucked. It was very hard to tell if the lure was running right, or fowled up with leaves or something. I switched to 30 ft braided leaders, and it was a lot better. if you are fishing over mud sometime that bottom is hard to feel. Lures with a lof of action like jointed shads help to get the feel for where you are at, and if you are running good and not fowled.. Course it may not be what the fish want (or it mgiht be) but it is helpful to get the confidence in knowing you are in the strike zone.

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Was the video removed?

Might have been from this site.

Search Brad Hawthorne on you tube.. Im not sure which one is the lead core 101 video.. but there are a lot about lead.


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