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Old 08-07-2019, 02:03 PM
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Default Wire Leader for Wahoo Lures

I'm picking up some Yo-Zuri diving lures for wahoo and want to rig them with short wire leaders. Is Malin Trident 49 Strand a good choice for this? What are your thoughts on silver vs coffee color? Lb test - is 275 enough or should I be looking much higher than that? I don't want to impact the lures' action, but want enough resilience for the toothy critters.
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Old 08-07-2019, 02:16 PM
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Old 08-07-2019, 02:17 PM
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Yes, the 275lb 49strand is good. It is flexible and unlikely to kink. I use it on wahoo trolling lures/plugs. I use SS wire for natural bait rigs.
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Old 08-08-2019, 02:08 AM
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I use #9 wire when trolling ballyhoo and also the 275 lb camouflage on plugs. High sped I'd step the cable up.
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I concur with Lone Ono... I've switched all my big plugs over to 100 to 300 mono. No bite offs, no more worn through single strand, no more kinked up cable and more bites. Also, the Nomad plug that I could never get to swim right with numerous different leader setups now swims a lot better (still not living up to their claims of 12 knot + trolling speeds and still not caught a fish yet though).
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Old 08-08-2019, 01:34 PM
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contact Doug at BlueAction tackle on this site if you are interested in some cable harnesses. He is making me a few now.
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Old 08-08-2019, 02:18 PM
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Originally Posted by Lone Ono View Post


For the Bonita I just run mono straight to the lure, never been bit off. Regardless of what line you use put a SS thimble at the bail. It’s a very busy connection point.
I’m in the same camp. No problem with cut offs and more strikes.
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Old 08-08-2019, 08:12 PM
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Originally Posted by Flying Bajan View Post
Also, the Nomad plug that I could never get to swim right with numerous different leader setups now swims a lot better (still not living up to their claims of 12 knot + trolling speeds and still not caught a fish yet though).
I have had issues with multiple Nomad DTX's and wire. One day they are running good the next (or even latter that day) they are shooting out trying to kill me! And, yes, not many fish.
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Old 08-09-2019, 08:38 AM
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Thanks, guys. Good info all around.
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Old 08-09-2019, 04:07 PM
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Hey Guys,

Can you expand a little more about the SS thumb at the bail?
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Originally Posted by fishingneighbor View Post
Hey Guys,

Can you expand a little more about the SS thumb at the bail?
Stainless thimble at the bill. Chafe protection because of the swimming action will eat right through pretty much anything.
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Thank you. I get it now.
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Just switched all our HST lures over to 200' mono, mostly with short trace of cable under the skirt, mono out. Andy at XGen said it was a good idea too. We did 30-35' of 200' mono to act as shock leader too eliminating another big snap swivel connection as well. Will be out all week.
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Wind on? Or you hand lining the 30 feet of 200?
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What kind of knot are you using to attach 30ft of leader to the line? Do you reel it though the eyes? I'm a inshore fisherman preparing to start offshore.
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Old 08-11-2019, 10:04 AM
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Originally Posted by VanW View Post
Wind on? Or you hand lining the 30 feet of 200?
We are going to handline. Basic wahoo HST setup is mainline to cigar weight to shock leader to lure. We are adding the shock leader to the lure to also eliminate that big connection/swivel.
Just like we used to do, and most do, we will handline the 30' leader after the cigar weight, through the transom door.

Crimped on barrel swivel at end of leader goes to snap swivel on end of cigar weight.
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Old 08-11-2019, 12:12 PM
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Originally Posted by DarcizzleOffshore View Post
Just switched all our HST lures over to 200' mono, mostly with short trace of cable under the skirt, mono out. Andy at XGen said it was a good idea too. We did 30-35' of 200' mono to act as shock leader too eliminating another big snap swivel connection as well. Will be out all week.
I’ve been running a similar setup for years. I use #22 solid wire attached directly to the hookset and up through the lure body with the connection loop about 1” ahead of the lure. It keeps the lure right at the fish on the wire so no cut-offs from a secondary fish. This isn’t “ordinary” rigging because you need a Hagen wire bender to do it, but you can do it with cable and crimps equally well. For cable connections use a single Owner weldless ring to isolate the mono from the cable.



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WELL that didn't work today. Maybe tomorrow.
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Originally Posted by DarcizzleOffshore View Post
WELL that didn't work today. Maybe tomorrow.
Way off-season in your water?
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Originally Posted by diad View Post
contact Doug at BlueAction tackle on this site if you are interested in some cable harnesses. He is making me a few now.
Second vote to contact Doug over at BlueAction. He makes some awesome stuff and is very knowledgeable: https://www.blueactiontackle.com/collections/rigs
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