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Mon Dec 25, 2017 8:09 pm
What do you recommend for a WAHOO shock Leader?
Mono, Leader material or fluorocarbon?
250lb, 300lb or 400lb?
20ft, 25ft or more?
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Tue Dec 26, 2017 11:53 am
Mono for the stretch, 200-300 lb and about 20-25 ft
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Tue Dec 26, 2017 12:25 pm
Depends on what you have on your reel. I run 100 lb test braid with 100yds of 100 lb test mono top shot, so that is my shock leader. I run wire to the skirted ballyhoo about 8'.
If you are running straight braid you will need some mono, but don't think you need more than 100 lb test.
High speed is a different animal.
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Wed Dec 27, 2017 12:36 am
I'm wanting to try High Speeding with Cow Bells and Trolling weights,
My setup has 100Lb hollow core with 100yds 100lb mono spliced.
I assumed I needed a shock leader on the Lure side of the Trolling weight.
If this is not correct please explain.
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Wed Dec 27, 2017 10:35 am
yeah, we always run a leader between trolling weight and bait. 100-200lb mono, 25-50ft + or -, Just remember your gonna have to hand line that angry wahoo up to the boat, so use how much ever ur comfortable hand lining.

another little tip with trolling weights. Put a big rubber squid(i use boone) over your trolling weight(i have blue/white and a pink/white squid) , just adds another teaser to ur spread. Also make sure your weight is rigged with cable. By the end of the day you will see teeth marks on the weight squid. Catch em up!!!!!
  
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Wed Dec 27, 2017 10:41 am
Agree with the above.
We use 200 lb mono - 15' long as a shock leader, then 460 lb SS multi strand cable to the hook.
I do not use a trolling weight when high-speed trolling as my lures have enough weight to keep them in the water.
Everyone has their own way of doing things, and most of all of them work well.
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Wed Dec 27, 2017 11:57 am
Oh yeah forgot to clarify with the weights, I just use the trolling weight when wahoo trolling meat to get another bait or 2 down. I haven't ever used them for high speed, but i know lots that do. We use ballyhood 32 oz cowbells only for high speed. Hope this helps.  
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Tue Jan 02, 2018 5:27 pm
Well perhaps I'm a little late, but I think I have a good combo to chime in with. I primarily hi-speed for wahoo. That is, most of my time in the stream is spent hi-speeding for hoo's. I use two bent butts spooled with 200# power pro. Haven't changed the power pro (maybe I should?) in at least 8 years. Also, never had a break off from the braid. Since I love those Cowbells so much, I have experimented quite a bit with the topshot. I have found that primarily pulling mostly the 32oz bells and sometimes the 64oz ones up to 20 knots, what works best for me is 100' of 100# Diamond Moi Moi as shock/top shot. It stretches like a bungy chord in between the lure either bouncing in the swells or getting hit. Four years ago, I switched to #130 Moi Moi but my hookup ratio suffered to a degree. I like the stretchyness of the 100# as it keeps the hook from ripping out of the wahoos mouth at high speeds, yet also does a good job of staying in one piece. Also, as a disclaimer, I double cinch all my connections, and I use the biggest SPRO ball berring swivel that will go freely through my guides. Hope this helps you in some way.
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Tue Jan 02, 2018 5:28 pm
Sorry man, I forgot, All mono.
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Wed Jan 03, 2018 12:33 am
Thanks for all of the advice. I look forward to trying it out this New Year!
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