OK, ran into a snag on my lead core adventure. I was fishing for lake trout, down on the bottom in 95 FOW. This required me to put out 15 colors of lead. With my long fluoro leader, I had 500 feet of line out. When I came to some shallower water I started reeling in some line and it just felt a little different. No fighting or tugging, but strange enough that I pulled everything in, only to find a nice laker on the end of the line. He had a few skid marks on him, so I suspect that I had dragged him around for awhile. I had my reel set to release line with a clicker alert and had the reel drag set to minimum for my trolling speed, but never got that signal. I suspect that 450 ft of lead core will produce quite a bow in the line between the lure and the rod tip, making it nearly impossible to detect a good tug from a hit. This was an unexpected outcome. Glad I landed the fish, but now I will be forever wondering if I have one on and just don't know it.
For all you long-line lead core guys, what's the secret?