Sport Fishing wants to know: Do you feel that trolling with wire line for gamefish such as striped bass and wahoo is sporting?
Please vote in the poll above, and feel free to comment below!
What other than a wire is most productive for wahoo? I have lost far to many lures trying to catch wahoo on mono. Sure, there is the occasional wahoo that gets hooked while trolling for other species, but every time I tried to target wahoo without wire damn near every strike resulted in a bite off. Now, I don't fish for striped bass so I cannot comment on methodology.
Why? Because............they go off and die with the bullet in them. Of course one uses wire with Wahoo. It makes perfect sense to match the mouth of the species you are after. No teeth of significance; no wire; the biggerrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr the teeth; the larger the diameter of the wire. On bull sharks I use 18 inches of what looks like a coat hanger and 12 feet of nylon rope with a loop to put on the cleat when I get them boatside. With marlin I like mono. (By the way I see the IGFA folks on TV leaving the hook in their mouths. I have yet to catch one with a hook in them. I think it greatly increases mortality. In Kona and in Cabo the captains I use always remove the hooks.) When fishing for makos and blue sharks in Cabo in March I simply used the marlin rigs and ran some wire parallel to the leader. I do not want any fish being stuck with a hook or lure in it's lip, mouth, throat or gullet when it can be prevented. And as for those striped bass we have plenty of them in Alabama and I have never found a need for wire for any freshwater species even those big blue cats, flatheads or gar (I use nylon on gar). Just some thoughts; I'm fishing for bream Sunday.........think I'll use worms and mono. Cheers, Doc
Please Note: We're Talking About Wire Line (i.e. Your Reel Spooled Up With Wire, Not Mono Or Braid) -- not Merely About The Bite Leader.