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Old 06-09-2018, 12:13 PM
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Default How to rig Yo Zuri Bonita for Wahoo?

The Bonitas are currently on sale at Bass Pro. Grabbed the 6.75" in Dorado color and I intend to go back and get the 8.25" in Black/Purple to target Wahoo.

I plan on trolling it with 80lb mono on a Penn Senator 9/0. What do you recommend as a leader? Just a 12" snap/swivel wire leader? How heavy?

The pole is currently set up straight mono terminated with a heavy snap swivel.


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Old 06-09-2018, 12:19 PM
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Interested as well
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Old 06-09-2018, 01:14 PM
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I rigged 4 inches if cable then 130 mono
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Here's what I use https://www.meltontackle.com/trolling-harness.html
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Old 06-09-2018, 02:14 PM
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200# mono leader crimped to the bail with a SS thimble. Lots of swimming action there so the thimble is important.
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Thanks for the responses. I ran to Bass Pro before I checked back on this thread and ended up getting one of these (2pk) Offshore Angler 12" wahoo rigs in 280lb braided cable for $7.99. I assume this should be sufficient? Basically what pje posted above. They also had 480lb for the same price, but that seemed like overkill.
https://www.basspro.com/shop/en/offs...ahoo-cable-rig

Also picked up a 24oz trolling weight. As I understand, this isn't really necessary with the diving Yo Zuri Bonita though right?

I don't plan to troll faster than 10-12kts. I don't mind catching other fish, as I'm mainly just in it for the fun. Just looking to increase my chances of landing a Wahoo.



I've never used this style of clip before. Are they reliable? Would you recommend putting some heat shrink over it to help since that's the end that will be "permanently" attached to the lure?

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That rig should get the job done. You won't need the trolling weight.
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Originally Posted by Sonic04GT View Post
Thanks for the responses. I ran to Bass Pro before I checked back on this thread and ended up getting one of these (2pk) Offshore Angler 12" wahoo rigs in 280lb braided cable for $7.99. I assume this should be sufficient? Basically what pje posted above. They also had 480lb for the same price, but that seemed like overkill.
https://www.basspro.com/shop/en/offs...ahoo-cable-rig

Also picked up a 24oz trolling weight. As I understand, this isn't really necessary with the diving Yo Zuri Bonita though right?

I don't plan to troll faster than 10-12kts. I don't mind catching other fish, as I'm mainly just in it for the fun. Just looking to increase my chances of landing a Wahoo.

I've never used this style of clip before. Are they reliable? Would you recommend putting some heat shrink over it to help since that's the end that will be "permanently" attached to the lure?
The weights are just another factor in getting the lure to run true, If you want to use one make sure the lure runs straight before you add it so you can eliminate one variable. It is likely my idiocy but I have about three of these and I could never get it to run without popping up above 8 mph. It is not a yozuri but a rip off. I have one of these and it runs the best. https://playactionbraid.com/product/marauder/
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Originally Posted by Sonic04GT View Post
Thanks for the responses. I ran to Bass Pro before I checked back on this thread and ended up getting one of these (2pk) Offshore Angler 12" wahoo rigs in 280lb braided cable for $7.99. I assume this should be sufficient? Basically what pje posted above. They also had 480lb for the same price, but that seemed like overkill.
https://www.basspro.com/shop/en/offs...ahoo-cable-rig

Also picked up a 24oz trolling weight. As I understand, this isn't really necessary with the diving Yo Zuri Bonita though right?

I don't plan to troll faster than 10-12kts. I don't mind catching other fish, as I'm mainly just in it for the fun. Just looking to increase my chances of landing a Wahoo.

I've never used this style of clip before. Are they reliable? Would you recommend putting some heat shrink over it to help since that's the end that will be "permanently" attached to the lure?
The weights are just another factor in getting the lure to run true, If you want to use one make sure the lure runs straight before you add it so you can eliminate one variable. It is likely my idiocy but I have about three of these and I could never get it to run without popping up above 8 mph. It is not a yozuri but a rip off.
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I've caught plenty of wahoo on Yo-zuri Bonita lures. I haywire twist 60 pound single strand wire leader directly to the lure and use about 5 feet of leader to a 100 pound or smaller barrel swivel and then to the main line. This rig is very clean and stealthy and will help the lure stay down because it has such low drag. I've never lost a lure fishing this way. It always amazes me to see the heavy duty cables that people run as if the wahoo's mouth is a metal shear. There's very few fish out there that can break a 60 pound single strand wire leader.

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I've had Wahoo cut 185 lb cable.
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4'-6' of cable. They are not tackle shy. You can run a trolling weight and stagger the depths of the lures. Make sure you run the trolling weight at least 20' in front of the lure.
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12" of cable & a quality bearing swivel. I'd prefer to run it on braid but 60 or higher mono will work.
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Thanks for the heads up. Stopped by and picked up a few of these rigs 25%off!
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These are great lures ..... rigging as above.

I rig light use about 12 - inches of 80lb single strand wire & 10 ft of 100 lb mono leader.

In this video you can see a Yozuri Bonti being pulled in my spread at about 8 mph underwater view

https://photos.smugmug.com/Hatteras-...read1-1280.mp4

My first and only mate hamming it up the Wahoo Queen

https://photos.smugmug.com/Offshore-...yWahoo-640.mp4
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I use 9 inches of 60 pound single strand, albright to 4 ft of 100 pound flouro. Haywire twist at the lure. You may lose them to bite offs but in my opinion itís worth the risk. Youíll likely get more hits if you donít use all wire. If your trolling at higher speeds, maybe the wire doesnít hurt. Thatís just how I do it.
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Closer.
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Originally Posted by 7hetexsun View Post

I use 9 inches of 60 pound single strand, albright to 4 ft of 100 pound flouro. Haywire twist at the lure. You may lose them to bite offs but in my opinion itís worth the risk. Youíll likely get more hits if you donít use all wire. If your trolling at higher speeds, maybe the wire doesnít hurt. Thatís just how I do it.
Just a heads up: I've lost a few bonito's using wire. The action of the law sometimes will snap the loop in the wire where it attaches to the eye. I've gone to cable since and it's fixed the problem.
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That action is going to wear the wire out. If not now it will on a decent fish. Cable 100%
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If you use cable you need to use a thimble
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