View Full Version : line weight for spider rigging

wannabe fisherman
03-22-2009, 06:00 PM
I'm not going to ask what line is best, to many opinions for that. I will ask what weight line is best to put on the reel? Do you tie a snap on the end to make rig changes easier or just tie the rig on? Do you use 4 or 6# for leaders?:confused:

yankee doodler
03-22-2009, 06:09 PM
in the 6# class down to a swivel then on to 4# spiderwire tipped w/ fastsnaps for easy jig change, but that's when I'm not using Kentucky rig/Capps and Coleman setups. I really like the fastsnaps 'cause I change up often until I find what they want. JMHO

03-22-2009, 08:38 PM
Some of my poles have 8lb, others with 6lb...both being mono. I have never tried any braids or copolymers, but I don't really see a need to try for the areas I fish. If you are using minnows, be sure to use light-wire, long-shank #4 or #6 (mostly sold under the cricket aberdeen variety). And trust me, I've caught lots of big fish on these hooks. And 6lb or 8lb line will straighten the hooks out...just bend back and you're set.

03-22-2009, 08:56 PM
I use 12# fluorocarbon-----I fish a lot of gar infested waters. Lighter lines just don't cut it.

03-22-2009, 09:16 PM
I do usually catch quite a few gar, in the 4-8lb range. I'll never bring one aboard again, so I just play them on top of the water until they come unbuttoned (good thing they usually come off in a few seconds with the hooks I use). I never have had one break the line though...All of my break-offs come from getting a snag that you can't "jiggle" off with the 3/4oz weight, which happens about once per fishing trip.

03-22-2009, 09:25 PM
I normally use 8lb mono main line, 6lb leaders with C&C/Kentucky Rig. If just using a couple 1/8oz jigs, straight 6lb mono. Not sure it's the best, but what I use.

03-22-2009, 09:44 PM
ceb posted
be sure to use light-wire, long-shank #4 or #6 (mostly sold under the cricket aberdeen variety).
May I ask why the long-shank style hook? Does it have something to do with how U hook your minnow, how do U hook it thru the lips?? Thanks

03-22-2009, 09:58 PM
The hook tip I picked up from Jerry and Darryl, the AR guides. I usually go with the #4. They bend out fairly easy...but rarely lose a crappie (including 3lb crappie). Long shank really only serves to make it easier to un-hook the crappie. I always hook minnows through the eyes...I get 'em to stay on better that way, and a lot of times, catching a crappie won't knock them off. I've "re-used" the same minnow at least 3 times (3 fish) before when the bite was hot.

03-23-2009, 10:08 PM
I use 10 pound throughout my rigs. from reel to hooks...

wannabe fisherman
03-24-2009, 05:44 PM
Thanks for all the answers, looks like I'm in the ball park with 10# on reel and 6# leaders.

03-25-2009, 07:50 AM
I like 6lb test line.

03-26-2009, 01:44 PM
6 # for me.

04-30-2009, 02:21 PM
I use 10 pound throughout my rigs. from reel to hooks...

Question please. Do you use hiviz line. Such as 10 lb. stren gold?

04-30-2009, 03:41 PM
I use 6# hi-vis Suffix on my reels and 6# clear Suffix for my leaders.

04-30-2009, 04:01 PM
I guess I'm gonna be the odd man out here......

I use 15 lb. Trilene Big Game in florescent green from reel to hook.


Too much trouble for me to use different size leader from the main line...especially when I'm tying new hooks on the water and trying to watch 10-12 poles.

I've always heard that big line will spook fish, especially in clearer water, but I think the florescent green actually draws curiosity from the fish.

The florescent green line also stands out against the color of the water to actually see what the line is doing from the rod tip to the water....if I have one line that's at a different angle going into the water from the rest of my poles I know that "odd angle" line either has a fish on it or it's touching the brush.

I can nearly guarantee the hook will straighten every time with 15 lb. line.

When I get a line hung I want it out of the brush, restraightened, rebaited, and back in the water as fast as possible.

I use Eagle claw 214EL #1 hooks which is a very light wire hook.

I use 3/8 ounce snake weights that I make myself to help eliminate hangups...any other kind of weight IMO is a potential hangup possibility.
There is nothing is my rig to get hung up except for the hook.

I hook minnows thru the eyes because I believe that hooking thru the lips makes it harder for the minnow to breath and it will stay alive longer on the hook.