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Todd in NY

What Leadcore For Lake Ontario?

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What brand and weight LC do you guys use for Lake O walleye, as well as Oneida walleye? I'll be using the same rods and reels for both lakes this year so I need one size that fits all. The LC rods might even get used for salmon. I was planning to run a 2 color rod and maybe a 4 or 5 color, with braid backing and a floro leader. I've never used LC before so I need your input and advice. Thanks!

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10 colors Mason 27lb leadcore.  The ten color is my most productive leadcore rod. 

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I like 27 lb. Could not say what best brand is. I always try and buy 200 yd spools,gives me more options on how much to put on reels.  We use 27 lb on Ontario and Erie. Catches  lots o fish!!

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If you want versatility you could always go with a segmented 10 color. I have a lot of luck on Oneida in the summer with 3-5 colors. I actually use a line counter and run whatever # of colors I want down the chute. Oneida eyes aren’t huge so I’ve never had a problem with stopping anywhere on the lead. Wouldn’t do that with boards or Ontario fish though.

I also use microlead or 832 on Oneida but wouldn’t recommend it for Ontario in the summer because it’s thinner and picks up a lot of fleas.


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I like the braid that suffix uses so that’s what I use. It seems finer to me.


Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United

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You guys haven't had issues with the Suffix fraying?  I had a lot of issues with it. 

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Thanks for all the feedback and info! I've got plenty to research over the next month or so. I'm looking forward to the Brewerton show on the 17th.

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2 hours ago, GAMBLER said:

You guys haven't had issues with the Suffix fraying?  I had a lot of issues with it. 

I use the 17 # Suffix for all my leadcore rods for BTs on lake O.  Have not had any issues to date. 

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Sufix advance 832 in 18#

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Thanks again for the feedback and info! Much appreciated.

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27lb Tuf-line micro lead. It lasts a lot longer because the sheath is spectra and won’t rot or absorb water. Thinner diameter allows for smaller reel size. For knots you pull out 5” of lead and tie a trilene knot to backing or leader. Burn knot ends with a lighter and zero frays. 

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