Here's the system Capt Geoff Adams posted on the Florida Sportsman Forum when the same question was asked. This rigging is geared towards high-speed trolling -- I believe with 80lb class tackle; but can be adapted for your particular requirements and tackle. Capt Adams is a highly regarded captain working the southern Bahamas:
" I start with an Orange/Black (they make other colors but not for my money) Yo Zuri Bonita in the 8 3/8 size.
A new addition for me is to replace the single or double hooks (make sure to cut the swivel) with the dual 11/0 stainless steel hooks from Mustad. I don’t like the hooks that come on the lure period! They use stainless steel hardware with regular steel hooks. The result is a electrolysis problem beyond imagination not to mention they rust in the package.
I use 480lb Malin stainless cable, 1/8” will do. Make sure to use stainless or copper crimps to avoid electrolysis. When you crimp, if you are new to the use of crimps, make sure the crimp is vertical in the crimpers not laying flat. Use 18” of stainless cable.
Next, take 10-20 feet of 300 – 400lb quality mono leader and crimp good ball bearing swivels on each end. I use Sampo swivels but there are many good manufacturers on the market. This will be your shock leader.
Next, a 48 ounce trolling lead that has two wire loops on each end (most do but make sure to stay clear of trolling leads where the line goes straight through). Take your spool of Malin 480lb stainless cable and crimp a section on both ends of 8 inches. Make loops on the opposite ends from the lead. Now you a ready to fish:
Take your quality ball bearing swivels connected to the mainline of your rod and reel and attach the 48 ounce trolling lead, next attach the shock leader to the trolling lead and then finally your Yo Zuri Bonita. The order is as follows starting at the boat:
1) Rod and reel
2) Ball bearing swivel off mainline
3) Trolling lead with 18” of stainless wire
4) Shock leader with a ball bearing swivel attached to either end
5) Yo Zuri Bonita with the new hooks
NEVER throw the Yo Zuri in the water, slow the boat and feed the lure into the water followed by the shock leader and the trolling lead.
For more information, including diagrams, contact or come see it in action for yourselves! "
Captain Geoff Adams
Gwendolyn Fishing Charters
Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands
e-mail: [email protected]
Here in Florida, some folks (myself included) downsize since I'm useing 50lb class tackle. My shock leader is 250lb mono and the cable is 275lb I believe. I will use 3' of #9 single strand wire for the connection to the lure itself from the tail end of the shock leader.
I hope Capt Adams doesn't mind me posting this -- but his complete originals posts were very forthcoming