3' is a little long... Maybe half that IMO.L.Crooke (6/16/2008)heres how to tie your own king leader....
thanks to calvin!
BJW (6/18/2008)I may be in a minority here, but I like to use shorter leaders when using wire. I want as little tackle visible as possible. I watched Mark Sosin talk about this one time and he sold me. Sosin would take a new coil of single strand leader material out of the package and simply take a large pair of cutters and cut the entire coil into equal lengths that are the length of one loop in the coil as it comes from the factory. Much shorter than most people use. I usually useabout a foot of single strand copper colored leader. I use a small black swivel between the main line and the leader. Buy quality swivels and you can get by with smaller. Remember that the swivel doesn't need to be any stronger than the leader or main line.I agree with using the 3X strong treble hooks and again use a slightly smaller hook than most people.I usually make a fairly largeloop (just smaller thanthe diameter of a pencil) in the leader where thehook attaches before starting myhaywire twist to make sure that the bait is free to move.
One thing that confuses me when I see people fishing for king on the pier is when they "jack him up." They seem to think that even though the fish has the bait and is stripping off line you need to set the hook. I have seen guys on the pier jerk and jerk "making sure they get a good hook set" and later in the fight have the fish "spit the hook." My theory is that if he is pulling line off the reel he is hooked. (This is based on the assumption that you are using a sharp hook.) If you will notice, most of the tournament king fishermen use rods with a very light tip. I read that this is to keep from tearing the hole in the fish larger and pulling out the hook. The more you jerk the larger the hole in the fish's mouth gets. Finally that hole gets big enough and the fish "spits the hook." The barb on the hook doesnt do any good when the hole in the fish's jaw get big enough. If you will look when a king is landed you will see many times that the hole has torn out much larger than the diameter of the hook material. I believe in being gentle with the fish when hooked and keeping the hole in the fish small so the hook has a better chance of staying in.