By Al McGuckin
Team Toyota pro angler Brandon Lester considers himself a “No Shoes Nation” kind of guy.
Lester lives on the Alabama-Tennessee border, but loves to spend a couple free weeks in the summertime six hours south of home on the sugar white sandy beaches of the Gulf Coast. His time in Orange Beach, AL is spent relaxing with his young family, and chasing a variety of saltwater species out of the Flora-Bama Marina.
Many anglers struggle with how to get optimal use of fluorocarbon leaders - when to use leaders, length choices, the best knots to use to attach them to main line and which presentations benefit most from their use.
Here are some tips from the Seaguar staff:
When asked about the typical fluorocarbon length he uses bass pro Brandon Palaniuk responded, "My fluorocarbon leader is between 10- and 12-feet long. I don't have an exact measurement for it, but rather make sure that my knot is in my reel and then I make two more revelations with the reel and cut the leader next to the reel after it travels through the guides and back down the rod."
By Al McGuckin
Casey Ashley is sort of professional bass fishing’s version of country music super star Kenny Chesney. The 2015 Bassmaster Classic Champ loves beaches, flip flop sandals, and he’s a highly talented country music vocalist and guitar player.
And while both Casey and Kenny are prone to celebrate life with best friends and a cold beverage, you can count on Ashley to tie on a topwater popper in late spring and never put it down all summer. In fact, the hotter, the better for topwater poppin’ as far as the Lake Hartwell guru is concerned.
“Anytime the water temp is above 75 degrees, I absolutely don’t leave the dock without a popper,” says the South Carolina native. “And where I’m different than a lot of anglers is I’ll throw it all day long, on the hottest days of summer.”
Ashley makes a great point. While throwing a topwater in the lowlight hours of sunrise or sunset is as commonplace as a beer can koozie at a Chesney concert, most anglers disregard its effectiveness almost completely once the sun gets bright.