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Old 02-19-2006, 05:06 PM
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Default Whats the best yozuri bonita leaders?

Any recs on how to rig these lures. Do they work better with a crimped loop or some type of knot, and What test leader should I use? I will be fishing in mid atlantic. Thanks and hard strikes!

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3 ft of 275 lb 49 strand wire, crimped.
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will the wire work for tuna.
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We use 8' of 175lb 49strand crimped. This was per suggestion of George Poveromo personally. He said it works great for him so...........
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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! "

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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

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Great info. Would the mustad 7691s be appropriate, and do you use a 11/0 with 48 0z of weight for the 50 lb class? Is it 8 or 18" of wire on each end of the weight? Final question, do you crimp the #9 single strand wire to the lure? Thanks much.
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I don't know about all the elaborate trolling leads and swivels. I single crimp about 8ft of 250lb leader and leave it just as it came. I've NEVER caught a single Tuna with 49 strand 175lb wire or any wire for that matter. As soon as I put the mono on, the YFT couldn't leave it alone. The 250lb mono will also stand up pretty well to Wahoo. I tried 400lb Suffix which is the same diameter as the 250lb Penn that I normally use, but haven't encountered Tuna since then to know if it will work.
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What is your targeted species? If you're after Wahoo then everything said so far is great but no way I would be using wire for Tuna. Define your targeted species first. When I rig them for YF Tuna, I use a 10' leader of 100lb mono clipped directly to my main line. When Wahoo season is over, I cut the wire leaders off all my plugs and then re-rig them with mono for Tuna season. I have conducted some unofficial tests where I drug multiple Yozuri's over Tuna....the mono-rigged Bonita's got hit tons more than wire-rigged Bonita's. For what its worth.
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140lb single strand wire
never had a wahoo bite off and have caught tuna. They do need replacing about every other trip though.
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Schoolsout, replacing leaders every trip would be a real pain. I like my compromise with heavy mono, you may lose a few to Wahoo (I haven't yet) but you'll certainly get the Tuna strikes.
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Schoolsout, replacing leaders every trip would be a real pain. I like my compromise with heavy mono, you may lose a few to Wahoo (I haven't yet) but you'll certainly get the Tuna strikes.
problem with the mono and 49-strand cable is it has more drag in the water and I feel I lose a few feet of depth with it. I usually fish 2-3 lines down so I am use to it being where it is with the single strand.

Replacing 2-3 wire leaders takes about 5 minutes.

My trolling spread has a planer rod about 35 feet deep, another seawitch on a #2-3 planer and a bonita. Other lines are surface runners or 1 foot below. It seems to stagger the baits well.
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I rig mine with 3'-4' of 175lb 49 strand cable. It holds up good and is easier to handle than single strand. I use mine for wahoo so cable is a must. I use mono on all my tuna lures.
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Use these with whatever mono leader you feel comfortable with:

http://www.jigstop.com/store/listpro...ling%20Harness

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I use a 2' Titanium leader to a small inline swivel to a longer Flourocarbon leader. You can actually tie a knot in the titanium leader eliminating the need for a crimp.
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cable is fine when you run the lure in your propwash, recomended to me at Florida sportsmen show by the capt. talking on tuna, although he swears by marauders. I use 100# flourocarbon on my smaller lures (little speedsters), caught tuna, kings and baracuda(yuck) and haven't lost one yet
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