I use normal 10~15lb double x line, mono, but set it up as a mojo rig with the rubber stoppers. I can then adjust the lengths easily. Used as a modified texas or carolina.
At Boskop, along the weedline, 4m depth, damiki 4" leech, wm red, pulled slowly along the bottom gives good results
If fishing clearer or pressured waters, I will fish 10lb - 12lb Fluorocarbon. If fishing stained water I will use just straight braided line either 12lb for my spinning setups or 20lb for my casting setups.
Similarly to StephenK is how I fish my weights, but I use tungsten grip weights for finesse applications as it gives me the ability to adjust the length and properly peg the weight using the rubber grips without them sliding around, also they come through grass far easier! If needing a little more of an aggressive weight I then use a pegged but adjustable tungsten using the rubber stoppers StepheK refers to.
A mate of mine used to have a waft similar to yours and he was struggling with hook-sets due to the softer tip, after moving to braid he found his hook up ratio's increased. This was due to the lack of give from the line.
For me it depends on where I'm fishing. If you are as fortunate as I am to have built up a number of rods and reels, I always have a setup rigged with 10lb, one with 12lb, and one with 15lb fluoro.
In dams where I'm fishing where there is clear water, or open areas where the fish won't pull me into the grass when caught, then I go 10lb.
I'll scale up to 12-15lb in waters which have:
- Dirty water
- dams with moderate grass
- dams with tough structure (lots of grass (Boskop), reeds, thorn trees (De Hoop), or where there are jagged rocks (most MP or KZN dams)
- Minimum lb rating for Letsibogo
Texas - peg it with one or two stoppers above the sinker (two stoppers sometimes, as some stoppers don't hold as strong as others. Once you find the right stopper, stock up on them ).
howsit Navrik, i currently have 8lb flouro (berkley vanish) spooled, however my main setup is an Okuma LRF 6'6 light rod(spinning Setup), which is extremely sensitive, i find i have no feeling with the rod, is it the line? the rod? or me?
They asked where i caught my fish? I said in the water! Duh
Hi Wolf. Difficult to say.
Spinning rods are less sensitive to me.
It also depends on how you hold the rod tip up. If you're holding the rod slightly angled, your chances of feeling anything are minimised.
If you hold the rod tip high with contact with the lure at all times, you'll feel a lot more in my opinion. I had to learn this and since I did my sensitivity is better - I kkow the difference between a fish and a rock.
All great advise above. Frogs 2c worth... depends on the water you fishing again. I personally spend 90% of my time fishing small ponds and farm dams from the bank. Usually shallower cleaner water with matted grass and a fair amount of structure.
On both my texas rigged spinning and casting rods i personally feel braid is king.
I get way more sensitivity, no stretch for better hook set, and a little extra casting distance. With braid i also feel that i'm able to turn those pigs away from structure with a lighter powered rod a little easier due to the lack of stretch.
In stained dirty water i run straight braid, in clear water i tie on a 6ft floro leader with FG knot.
With my casting setup i just use a much thicker diameter braid to stop the line from biting into my spool on those big hook sets. Keep in mind that you might need to use a thicker gauge hook when using braid. That lack of stretch does tend to bend out thinner hooks.
I may sound like a braid nut but i'm not. Just my personal preference. I feel floro and mono have their place, especially for swimming baits in open water.
I watched a recent video of David Dudley, former FLW tour pro angler and he showed a very interesting fact. When you have slack in your line fluoro is much more sensitive than braid. On a tight line braid is more sensitive than fluoro. It has to do with fluoro able to transmit a bite signal better on a slack line that braid.
I tend to want to touch my blank whether it is on baitcasting or spinning rods although spinning rods don't lean itself to it as much as baitcasting rods do. You have to alter your grip.
Quality of the blank also play a huge role. I found that on my ALX Rods they I sometime get a slight vibration and then I feel the bite. Almost like a pre-warning of the bite. Difficult to explain until you feel it yourself. I don't feel this on any other rods I own.
I don't know Okuma rods so won't be able to give you a comparison or real reason why you can't feel the rod properly.