I need some suggestions regarding rigging a wire leader with a hook for wahoo live bait fishing. I need to know what size wire is best to use, size hooks, lenght of leader and the best way to construct it...Should it be crimped or twist...In addition, are there any good "how to" diagrams on the web to show how to construct these leaders...I am planning and preparing ahead for the fishing season...Se Ya on the Big Water!!!
There's a range of sizes of both wire and hooks that are used. Typically 40-55# single strand wire, though some use a multi-strand wire. For the hooks, range of sizes used most commonly 1/0-4/0 which hook will depend upon bait size. Style of hook, most generally J type hooks, though circle hooks are becoming popular for this use. While we don't have any diagrams posted, we're happy to show you how to do things at our shops. One thing not to forget, WELDED RINGS for the rig. That's your connection point to your main line. Length, 12-14" is most common. Familiarizing yourself with a haywire twist tool will be necessary. We have these on our site on the same page as the rigging you'll need. While I've seen one manufacturer use crimps, this is not the best way to rig these. GO with "knot" over crimp for this.
Thank You for the info.....I have some of the materials, and I will get started on the leaders...It appears from your info, I should make up various sizes with different types/sizes of hooks....Thanks again!!!!
Remember that most of the time there are also big tuna around. Use mono and get “hooed” or use wire and get bit on big tuna. It is a tradeoff. I like to have plenty of line and heavier wire. If you are in big tuna country then the bait will swim way better on wahoo gear. You might just get lucky.