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Old 04-20-2017, 10:12 AM   #1
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I have a stupid question for you guys. I am about to start attempting swordfishing in the gom and have been doing extensive research online. What is the best method to measure the exact amount of line that you have attach/measure for your weights/ lights/leader? A tape measure is a real pain in the azz to try and measure out 300 foot of line lol..Id like to set at least 2 rods on floats rigged at like 150ft and 250 ft for nighttime drifting with big squid. Also what size hooks are you guys using for swords I bought 9/0 Mustad, and what is the best nighttime weights and float rig specifications you guys are using? I have already decided im not going to do a windon and just use a 12 ft 300 Lb leader with 2 LP lights above the swivel and the weight about 20 ft up from the leader(Via wax loop and attach long line clip with mono). Thanks for any Help/recommendations
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Old 04-20-2017, 10:49 AM   #2
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more often then not you will mark the weight and baits on your sounder. if you are fishing the same depths you should make loops on your rods(yes dedicated rods and all that) that way they all are marked and can be used for any position in your spread. it is easiest to do this on your topshot on the line winder or you have to measure and that sucks.
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Metered braid
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No need to be that exact, we measure night time depths using armlengths.

Use dob buoys cut in half or milk jugs, both rigged on 300lb mono with a longline clip to secure them to your wax loop at your desired depth.

In terms of weight, use as little as possible, in the GOM depending on your drift you may not even need a weight the light may be heavy enough. If you do, zip tie an 8-16oz lead to the bottom of your lp light. Light should be ~50' from your bait on a wax loop.

Hooks- 9/0 LP offset or 8/0-9/0 Mustad offset or 10/0 7691

Most people use too big a squid, 250-300gm ones are fine.

Use mono, not braid if you can.
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Actually marking line is pretty simple. Measure out 50'-100' and see how many paces that is. Then hook the tag end and march off 100' increments, marking line (hopefully JB hollowcore!) with different color magic marker. It doesn't have to be exact!!
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I have a 10$ measuring wheel from harbor freight. Had someone hold it on the spool as it spins when your putting the line on. Very similar to the small wheel used in tackle shops with commercial line spoolers.
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I have a 10$ measuring wheel from harbor freight. Had someone hold it on the spool as it spins when your putting the line on. Very similar to the small wheel used in tackle shops with commercial line spoolers.

GREAT idea!!!!
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