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    Default Using high vis fluorescent monofiament without a leader

    Does anyone use a straight bright fluorescent monofilament line tied directly to your bait/hook? In other words, no clear fluorocarbon or mono leader.. and catch crappie this way? With my eyesight getting worse, I have been attaching my Bluegill baits directly to my main line from the reel, which is a highly visible fluorescent monofilament. The bright line really does help me to see where my line is while it's out in the water, and also helps when tying on baits. The Bluegill and Redears don't seem to mind, but I wonder if the crappie will shy away from it and not take the lure? I will be fishing in relatively deeper water, at least 8 feet deep and the water is slightly stained.

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    I have to say that the hi vis won't bother them. I fished hi vis braid tied direct and a friend in the back of the boat used clear mono and we both did well. In deeper water that was barely stained in the winter (in TN) we deep jigged braid (10/2) tied direct and also saw no difference, and got our fouled jigs back more often. If you wanted to try some clear on one rod and yellow on another, try a double uni knot and be sure to moisten it before you pull it down tight. They go thru the guides well and don't fail for me. Dandy of a 'Gill in the pic too.
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    We use straight hi vis with no difference in catch rate. I think you will do fine with the crappie.
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    Hi-vis is the ONLY way to go!

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    Will effect the crappie less than it will the red ear . This has been my observation ,may just be coincident .

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    Use it direct allot...I run 2# Vicious hi vis ones bream, red ear with no complaints

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    Direct hi vis for me as well. Especially in very clear winter water ice fishing. No visual difference for me when fishing next to clear mono or floro.
    I have OCD "Obsessive Crappie Disorder"

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    I use Hi-vis all the way to the bait and does not seem to turn off the crappie.
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    Hi vis and doesn't affect bite one bit and yes as we get older it sure helps US, which is more important and for detecting those light bites

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    I catch a lot of big bluegill and love it but yours is bigger than anything I have caught. WTG!
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