|Ugly Stick rods are my go to lead core poles. They are great|
value, helping give plenty of bang for your buck.
Next you will need to pick out a reel. You will want a large ocean or trolling type reel. If you can, look for a reel with a level wind, this is a small guide that moves back and forth as you reel in to make sure the line is spread across the reel. This isn't necessary, but will reduce the likelihood of your line bunching up when you are paying attention to a fish. Also try to get as much line capacity in the reel as possible. Lead core line is very bulky and it will fill up your reel very quickly.
Lead Core Line
The first thing to go on your reel is backing. This is line that goes behind the lead core line and serves two purposes: first off, it helps to fill the rest of the reel and second, it provides additional line if your fish pulls out all of your lead core. On top of your backing you attach the lead core line, this comes in several weight ratings and lengths. Once the lead core line is attached you will need to attach a leader. I typically use a 20lb mono filament for the leader. This makes it easier to tie on your lure and gives the advantage that if your lure breaks off you are only using an inexpensive leader, not your lead core line. I start with about 50ft of leader. This keeps the lead core line out of sight from the fish, gives you plenty of room to cut pieces off or lose line while fishing and still have some left over. Another advantage is with 50ft of line you could snag your lure up to 50ft below the surface and still only have to cut the leader off.
Choosing Your Lead Core Line
|Trolling with lead core line|
One trick for putting your line on your reel is to use two identical rods. Start by putting on your leader, then your lead core, followed by the backing until your reel is full. Then attach the backing to the second reel and reel all of it in. Now you know exactly how much backing to put on your second rod.
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