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Old 10-27-2019, 09:18 PM
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Old 10-27-2019, 11:20 PM
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If you’re using a trolling sinker you need something between the lure and the sinker to absorb the force of bringing the sinker to full-stop.

If no sinker there’s no need whatsoever.
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If you're using mono then no but I'd highly advise still using a heavy leader between the trolling lead and lure to handle the fish safely at boat side.
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Not trying to derail, but looking to add on to the thread - what is the recommended # test for the mono shock leader? 250 lbs? Is 400 lbs overkill?
Also, 20-25 feet in length seems to be pretty standard, correct?
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We typically fish 250#-300 # fluorocarbon leaders in the 25 -30 foot range. This is strictly a high speed wahoo setup, we fish 4 rods with 64,48,32,16 oz weights with the heaviest being the closest to the boat. Staggered in 50 ft increments , that way in turns the long baits pass over the deeper running lures.
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Originally Posted by SUPERFISHAL1 View Post
We typically fish 250#-300 # fluorocarbon leaders in the 25 -30 foot range. This is strictly a high speed wahoo setup, we fish 4 rods with 64,48,32,16 oz weights with the heaviest being the closest to the boat. Staggered in 50 ft increments , that way in turns the long baits pass over the deeper running lures.
Are you using a cable leader in front of the lure or are you just running the fluro straight to the leader? If you're still running a cable leader, the benefit of a fluro leader seems a bit lost to me.
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I do not run cable, and yes I loose a lure here and there. I use 400 fluoro for the lure leader leader 4-6 ft.and run a piece of wire thru the connection at the crimp.
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no need for shock leader if you're all mono but this..when fish gets close and you're hand lining ..
heavier mono leader is much easier at that point..
braid will allow the weight & bait a bit deeper but also more follows the boat and not the track in turns..
line capacity is non issue typically..not gonna be spooled by wahoo but if
combos are doing double duty ..YFT can be different story and the braid capacity might be critical
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I size my "shock" leader (its not really a shock leader because I use 100' to 150' mono windon's with 100# HC braid on my HST rigs) by the size of the lure. Generally, I use 200# or 220# mono on the large lures and on the smaller lures I drop down to 150# mono. I see no need to use Fluro on a HST trolling lure for Hoos. I'd rather save that money for rigs and gas.

I'm slowly working on getting my leaders downsized but 150# is about as low I can go with the size fish I'm targeting.

Also, I change out my mono leaders fairly frequently. I check them before the lure goes into the water by running my fingers over every inch of leader to check for nicks. Even the least amount of damage or roughness on a leader is a reason to trash it.

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