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Old 04-29-2012, 12:56 PM   #1
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I know this is general but I assume most of you keep a free line spinning reel in a rod holder ready to go for that occasional swim by palagic, but what is your set up? I've got 5 penn spin fisher 7500's. 3 or 4 for trolling and 1 or 2 for free lining live bait. Should I use a swivel with mono or wire?? Balloon rigged? Or just cast out a swivel, leader and circle hook? I don't know how to attach the balloon correctly but would like some info on that. I know some of the toothy guys will destroy a mono leader but could I get away with it for one fish and retie after that? Any info would be greatly appreciated. I could have one with wire and one with mono if it's necessary. What se your thoughts on mono lb? 80 or 125?
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Old 04-29-2012, 04:10 PM   #2
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I assume you are talking about free lining while at anchor. I have always just used a small swivel, short (12") piece of wire and a treble hook. I put the rod in the rod holder and forget it till it goes off.

I also always keep a spinning setup rigged with a mono leader and a circle or treble hook ready to hook on a live bait for anything that may show up.
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Do you worry about wahoo or kings with that mono? What pound mono?
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You would probably want to go lighter, but this is 120lb. mono. Most people act like mono is a sure bet to break or get bit through. It's not. I caught about 10 of these guys before I finally couldn't retrieve my hook and had to cut it. And for comparison, that is a 16/0 circle hook.
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Do you worry about wahoo or kings with that mono? What pound mono?
Pretty sure that the freeline rig with the steel leader that you forget about is what he catches most of the kings on. As for the other with the live bait that he mentioned would be for cobia/tarpon/mahi mahi or whatever else may show up not for kings. Like he said set it and forget it for kings.
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I would use like 30lb or so floro for the live bait casting rod.
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I usually throw out a king rig (40 # malin single strand wire with 2 treble hooks, maybe 12-18" long tied with a swivel to your mono main line. I use the penn 7500 reel. Just toss it out where it wont drift into where you are bottom fishing and let it go. make sure you back off on the drag and put the rod where it is not in the way. Have caught kings, a bunch of big red snappers, and a 7' tiger shark on it.
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