Copper vs. Leadcore

6/4/14 @ 11:57 AM
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pollockalope
pollockalope
USER since 6/30/08
Both have their Pros & Cons. But I have developed a severe prejudice (hatred) for 10 color lead core, for a couple of reasons... Very hard to tell if you have a smaller fish on..... The overall length of dragging 10 colors around... It just wears me out after a couple of fish etc.. I know Copper has a few issues too.. special rod guides, birds nests etc... But why run huge lengths of lead-core when u can get the job done in 1/2 of the distance w/copper? Thanks for your input! Lope
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6/27/17 @ 8:47 PM
luckylou
luckylou
USER since 8/25/11

Lots of guys recommend big reels for copper and full cores. They are not wrong. if money were no object, there is a right way to do it

However, for those on a budget, powerpro backing makes a huge difference. You can run 40 size for 225 and 10 color. Will a big king spoil you? Maybe. Hasn't happened to me in 10+ years...


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6/12/17 @ 4:37 PM
genek.
genek.
USER since 8/20/04

for me I ran a 150ft of copper off port side of boat and a full core of lead off starbort side ,the fullcore took 90% of all the hits compared to the 150 copper on 2 trips. I have not run the 150copper since then. I will say I converted my okuma 55L reels to the high speed  6.2:1gearsets which helped out a lot on the full core and 300 ft of cooper.    

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6/12/17 @ 10:06 AM
svitreum
svitreum
USER since 8/29/06

I am looking for a reel to put 225 feet of copper on as the reel it is currently on is not up to par. I was looking at the DAIWA SG57LC3B and wondered if anyone has input on this reel. I just can't spend 200+ bucks on a tekota 800 and really want to fish copper. The fish love it! Any other high speed reels come to mind? Thanks.


Jimmy

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3/22/17 @ 3:30 PM
Jason Woda
trophy hunter
USER since 9/1/01

I have 300 yards of power pro backer on all copper and lead set ups, even 2 colors. A little more expensive up front, but then again you never have to replace your backer again. There is no set amount of backer, but at 300yds, you will never see the knot attaching to the mono backer behind the power pro. Again. You never have to replace it, and chances of breaking 50lb pp, is slim to none.

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3/20/17 @ 3:41 PM
BigMusky12
BigMusky12
MEMBER since 12/22/04

use a swivel.  smallest power swivel will be smaller than copper diameter and go through guides fine.


boards clip right on braid.   transition to copper will prevent it sliding if not using lock jaw clips.

I found you can put boards right on micro lead without any issue as well if using lock jaws without mono segments 

Edited on 3/20/17 3:43 PM
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3/20/17 @ 9:49 AM
svitreum
svitreum
USER since 8/29/06

I am setting up a 300 copper for the 1st time and wondered if you guys tie your braid straight to your copper, or use a mono shot between. I am hoping to avoid mono tie-ins this year since I am transitioning to the Sam's pro release on all the heavy boards (7 color to 300 copper). I had 2 mono failures where the board attaches resulting in a loss of the leadcore and terminal tackle/spoon/FF. This gets expensive. Thanks.

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3/14/17 @ 7:06 PM
svitreum
svitreum
USER since 8/29/06

Can I fit 150' blood run copper on a 47 size reel? I am thinking of having 450' of 40# power pro backing. Thanks.


" Can even fit 300 copper on a 45".


Thanks Jason. I didn't read back far enough.

Edited on 3/14/17 7:08 PM
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2/1/17 @ 11:59 AM
Fish Hound
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USER since 1/29/02

It all depends on what type of line and reel you are using, there is no single answer for every application.

Tell us what you plan to use and we can probably get you close.

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1/30/17 @ 12:08 PM
Edge
Edge
MEMBER since 2/28/07

So one more question, how many yards of backer,using power pro fit on a 45 reel when using 10 color lead?

I'm new to this game and have alot to learn. I walleye fished most of my life (tournaments and fun) but want to try something new.plus my wife loves Salmon!!

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1/30/17 @ 12:07 PM
Edge
Edge
MEMBER since 2/28/07

So one more question, how many yards of backer,using power pro fit on a 45 reel when using 10 color lead?

I'm new to this game and have alot to learn. I walleye fished most of my life (tournaments and fun) but want to try something new.plus my wife loves Salmon!!

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