We don't use leaders.* We fish butts with 50lb braided line - plenty strong, and real skinny, which is great when you're jigging the bottom at 100-200 feet.* It isn't pulled away from the boat by the current as much as thicker line, and you can really feel the bottom.* We use 8 or 12 oz BigN jigs with 10" grub tails, tipped with octopus, squid, or a bit of halibut skin.* Also use 13 or 16 oz Crippled Herring jigs, re-rigged with the hook attached to the top so it doesn't catch in the rocks.
OTOH, Cindy caught her first butt, nearly 100 lb, on 14lb mono - fishing at 30 feet or so with a sinker and a hoochie.* We switched to braided for butts, but still use 9 foot salmon rods, and salmon-size reels or only a bit bigger.* Works fine for up to 100 lb or so, but it did take Cindy an hour and a quarter to bring that super big one to the boat.
-- Edited by RCook on Wednesday 5th of October 2011 07:13:19 AM