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Heyfritty
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06/25/2022 05:38PM  
I’ve decided to jump in and get a Whopper Plopper. It sounds like it catches northerns not just bass. How often do you get bit off? I’ve searched the threads and have seen only one reference to using a leader. I’m sure it affects the action but how much? I’m also cheap, so there’s also that. Does anyone have experience using a leader? Thanks!

Fritty
 
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WesternHills
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06/25/2022 07:51PM  
NDYakAngler is a popular pike/smallie fisherman on youtube that loves to use a whopper plopper. This video shows him doing just that, and he explains what leader he's using and why.

https://youtu.be/eM86QKOY1aY
 
06/25/2022 07:53PM  
Hey Fritty,

My young daughters prefer whopper ploppers and we tip them with fluorocarbon leaders most of the time. I've also used a titanium leader. Neither seems to impact the WP action too much for our purposes. We do fish them fairly fast so that may help our cause. I've used an oversized swivel to add a little insurance and tied directly to braid from there...only one bite-off that I can attribute to that setup.

I'm sure some purists who catch more fish than I do will have better advice but that's what works for us.
 
06/25/2022 08:02PM  
Just checked an excellent resource...my favorite youtube fisherman, NDYakAngler, uses a fluoro leader with a whopper plopper and he does okay!

 
06/25/2022 09:23PM  
WesternHills: "NDYakAngler is a popular pike/smallie fisherman on youtube that loves to use a whopper plopper. This video shows him doing just that, and he explains what leader he's using and why.


https://youtu.be/eM86QKOY1aY"


Looks like I was too slow...nice find, WesternHills. :)
 
Heyfritty
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06/25/2022 09:35PM  
Thanks! I’ll check it out.
 
06/30/2022 04:38PM  
At $18 a pop, I'm using a wire leader!
Or should I say plop?
 
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