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Old 05-28-2008, 02:02 PM   #1
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I was wondering what kind of leaders everyone uses for the yozuri bonitas and what color is best.
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Old 05-28-2008, 02:15 PM   #2
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I like 10 ' of 80# Jinkai with a short trace of #9 wire to make allowance for a big hoo. Though in the past I have caught plenty of big mackerel and wahoo without the wire. Just so expensive I hate to take the chance of loosing one and have not noticed a decrease in strikes with it.

As for color purple and black is my favorite for wahoo and the dolphin color is a good bet. They make a black and orange one now but have not tried it yet but it looks like a good combo.
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Old 05-28-2008, 02:44 PM   #3
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6-7' single strand. 105-180# test.

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7-10'..? Wow, Ok -I need toredo ours then.. I think we rigged ours with about 4' of #7 wire - is that too little?? We bought the black and purple theother day for $36 & I DO NOT want to lose it on the first hit.. lol..

Also, what knotsareyou using?? (( I don't want to take any chances, haha...))
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8' of 400# mono.
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Old 05-28-2008, 05:15 PM   #6
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2nd on the mono.

escpecially with the single swivel hook.

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I run about 10" of decent sized wire, then 8' of 300lb mono.
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Old 05-30-2008, 10:47 AM   #8
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reelfinatical (5/28/2008)7-10'..? Wow, Ok -I need toredo ours then.. I think we rigged ours with about 4' of #7 wire - is that too little?? We bought the black and purple theother day for $36 & I DO NOT want to lose it on the first hit.. lol..

Also, what knotsareyou using?? (( I don't want to take any chances, haha...))


You'll be ok as you have it. Single strand about 4' long is plenty. Use about a 80# black swivel and make sure your twist are right. Check after each fish for kinks and redo as necessary. Use just a black snap to attach to the lure. I don't use mono because it won't let the lure fish as deep as single strand will. I do use mono for islander etc. just not for diving plugs.
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reelfinatical (5/28/2008)7-10'..? Wow, Ok -I need toredo ours then.. I think we rigged ours with about 4' of #7 wire - is that too little?? We bought the black and purple theother day for $36 & I DO NOT want to lose it on the first hit.. lol..



Also, what knotsareyou using?? (( I don't want to take any chances, haha...))






You'll be ok as you have it. Single strand about 4' long is plenty. Use about a 80# black swivel and make sure your twist are right. Check after each fish for kinks and redo as necessary. Use just a black snap to attach to the lure. I don't use mono because it won't let the lure fish as deep as single strand will. I do use mono for islander etc. just not for diving plugs.


The action on the bonitas is pretty severe and if you don't pay awful close attention, the wiggling of the lure will wear through the wire or cable. Any kink in the wire will turn into a break when a big hooter smashes your lure, xo if you're going to use the wire like Cuz suggests, make sure you keep a real close eye on it and probably change it after every fish or trip. Wahoo are not leader shy and, as far as I'm concerned, you could use aircraft cable for leader, but make sure you have chafe tube on it or the bonita will eventually eat through the cable or eat through the lure loop.
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I agree with you, Xanadu...wahoo are pretty ferocious and not skeered much by leaders. In fact, we rig the Yo-Zuris here at Sam's on 400 lb. American Fishing Wire stranded cable. They still get eaten and you don't have to watch the rigging so closely for failures. In other words, the 400 lb. stays solid for many strikes. Like Speckulator said, single strand is good, too, might result in a few more bites, but I've had days where we couldn't keep the wahoo off the plugs rigged with 400. As for favorite colors, I've said it before, but the so-called "Ninja" is as deadly as I know of. It is black with pink tiger stripes on the back. Black/orange and black/purple are good, too. I've caught fish on the Dorado color, also. My favorite size is the F53...seems to mimic the silhuoette of the average hardtail in our area. Single swinging hooks are the only way to go; the doubles act as dehookers if they get turned just right in the fish's mouth. Good luck...Bryan Bennett, Sam's Orange Beach, (251) 981-4245
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