How to Serve a Fluorocarbon Leader into Hollow Core Braid

With the San Diego long range season in full swing, there’s no better time to brush up on one of the most popular and effective ways to connect your fluorocarbon leader to hollow core braid. While serving fluoro into hollow core is not exclusive to the long range or offshore scene, it is certainly where we see this application used most commonly. When you’re prepping to spend upwards of 10 days on a boat in search of trophy fish in Baja, it’s worth taking the extra time to make sure all of your gear and connections are 100% ready, even before stepping foot on the boat.

Whether you’re hoping for a giant Yellowfin bite at the lower banks (or Guadalupe when we’re able to fish it again), full speed Wahoo on the ridge, or brutally large Yellowtail at Alijos Rocks, preparation is key. Learning how to serve fluorocarbon leader into hollow braid can give you a huge advantage that you can keep with you for years to come and bring with you on future trips.

While the fishing on long range trips can be excellent, it can also without a doubt be extremely difficult. You’ll need to fish light enough to get a bite but heavy enough to ensure that if you do hook that fish of a lifetime, it finds its way onto the boat. Hopefully perfecting this connection can give you the advantage you’ve been looking for and help you put some trophy fish into the fish hold.

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In this video, BD Outdoors Pro Contributor Mike Murciano walks us through his stealth setup for fishing aboard long range vessels. Let us know what you think and what you would do differently; we love sharing our insights and are always looking to learn from our BD community.

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These are so informative, this guy is the man.