Do you need a shock leader for spodding? This is a common question for anyone new to spodding/spombing and generally baiting up at range.
Typically, most carp anglers do prefer to use a shock leader as a preventative measure for crack offs. However, there are times when you can get away without using one.
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Here are some things to consider before making your decision to use a shock leader for spombing:
Casting weight of your spod
Spods and spombs are typically very heavy when filled with bait, sometimes up to 10 ounces. Even though you might have a heavier test curve road, the weight of the spod can often put extra pressure on your main line.
This is where a distance casting shockleader comes into play. By having a super-strong length of leader material, you can really put some effort into your cast without the fear of your spod cracking off.
If you’re using a medium or large sized spod, it’s advisable to use a shockleader to take the brunt of the cast. There’s nothing worse than your spomb floating in the middle of the lake without your line attached to it!
On the other hand, if you’re using the small spomb or pocket rocket spod, you can probably get away with fishing your usual spod braid straight through, without a shockleader.
Mainline and shockleader for spodding
As part of a full spodding setup, the most common mainline is dedicated spod braid such as Ridgemonkey Transmit.
Spod braid is strong, casts well and usually floats, making it easier to reel in your spomb once opened. Most dedicated spod braid is usually around 20lb-30lb breaking strain.
Whilst in theory this is strong enough to withstand the weight of a large spod, it causes no harm to back yourself up with a decent shockleader too.
Korda Armakord is an excellent shockleader for distance casting. Personally, I use Armakord alongside Ridgemonkey Transmit braid. With Armakord, I’ll usually use enough so that there’s a drop to the spigot of the rod and four wraps around the spod reel.
Always use a finger stall with your spodding shock leader
The most important thing to remember when spodding with a shockleader is to use a finger stall. This will protect your finger from slicing in the event that the braid slips.
As I’ve already mentioned, spod braid and leaders can be incredibly thin, so they can easily penetrate the skin, if not cut a large part of your finger off.
So, should you use a shock leader for spodding?
In my opinion, there is no downside to using a shock leader for spodding or spombing. On the other hand, there are great upsides in that you’ve got some added protection on the cast, meaning you can really try to hit the horizon with confidence in your end tackle.
About the writer
I’m Rob, Carp Squad’s main contributor. I’ve been carp fishing on and off for 15 years, but the bug is well and truly back at the moment. Hopefully the articles I write on here help you put more carp on the bank!