More questions needing answering/experimentation. Rabbit recently advised he's using 7-10m leaders and 6/0 circles when targeting kingfish, which means I'm gonna test that
Have done two trips with 10m fluoro and 6/0 circle and the first was a 4hr doughnut, while the second was a hook-up in the first 10 minutes and a bewildering 3hr fight with a shark.
I've now set up two livebaiting rods. Both with the same braid mainlines and topshot, 10m 50lb leaders, and 6/0 circle hooks. The difference is one uses a fluoro leader, the other mono. My trusty sidekick and I will cover the same water at the same times.
Once any determination is made on the relative effectiveness (Summer) of each leader material, the next step is cutting 3m off each and re-doing the testing. Rinse and repeat one more time after that so we are down to 4m leaders.
Given the significantly extra $ for fluoro, will it out-strike mono at any or all of the lengths?
Here's the line and hooks being used. The hooks are quite a thin gauge and tiny and won't handle serious abuse, me thinks, but only one way to find out. It does seem like Mustad's sizing is much smaller than other brands. Their 8/0 circles are closer to 7 in other brands. These 6's are more like 5/0 of other brands but it's worth testing 'em anyway.
Predictions anyone? My gut says no difference until Winter but I'm wrong about 50% of the time.