FL13 - Page 153

All Things Riggy
now I’m going to look at behind the
lead. Leadcore is my choice for 99% of
situations, and although it has
received some negative press, and is
indeed banned on quite a few venues,
I’m still a big fan. If used responsibly,
it’s a great item of end tackle that not
only helps pin the end tackle down,
but can help you land a lot more fish
than with mono straight through. The
abrasive qualities of leadcore can be a
major advantage when fishing heavily
weeded, snaggy gravel pits that can
test end tackle to the limit. There are
times when a hooked fish comes up
and thrashes under overhanging
branches or reaches the edge of an
underwater snag and you feel the end
tackle knocking branches. In these
situations you should be using a very
strong abrasion-resistant mainline,
but the use of a much heavier very
(Top left) Olivettes preferred to flying
(Top right) Monos and coated links all
benefit from extra treatment.
(Above) The ever-reliable ESP
leadcore, now in a choice of colours.
(Right) Doctor up the leadcores with
marker pens.
abrasion-resistant leadcore leader
will withstand much higher abuse,
and can be the difference between
leading that fish out with no detriment to your tackle’s strength and
possibly being cut off.
The same goes for weed. How
many times do you get a weeded fish
moving only when the whole
weedbed starts moving towards you?
The weight of that weedbed can put
colossal strain on the end tackle, so a
much heavier leadcore leader can
take the strain of the load of the weed
much better than your mainline. So
there’s two instances that leadcore
can help you land your quarry once
I’ve been using leadcore leaders
fairly extensively since about 1993
when a mate sourced some called
Kerplunk. The drawback was that you
had to have a mixed lot of colours
which included reds and blues,
which, unless they were darkened up
with a brown permanent marker pen,
were redundant. I soon had success
at Frampton Court Lake using this
leadcore, which would cast much further and be much less obtrusive than
the 2mm silicone tubing I used back
then for anti-tangle purposes. In the
late 90’s Fox brought onto the market
an excellent 35lb dark brown leadcore, and I used this a lot until it was
discontinued, as it blended in to the
sandy/gravelly spots that I was fishing on in my Yateley days. Fortunately
E.S.P, with the influence of Terry
Hearn, brought out a new 45lb leadcore that is still a market leader a
decade on. Being 45lb it’s extremely
strong and tough, and has quite a
thick lead wire running inside its
camo brown outer sheath. This obviously makes it sink fast, but does
increase the stiffness of the leadcore.
A good tip I learned from Tel is to
stretch the leadcore leader once tied.
Not only does this thin the leader’s
diameter slightly but does make it
slightly limper.
The limpness of the leadcore is the
only drawback of using long lengths,
which in the past I have chosen to
use (5-7ft). On clear, largish spots that
are flat this isn’t an issue, as long as


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