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6/23/2019 - Welcome to our Weekly
Specials, something we try to post each Sunday.
It's finally beginning to feel like summer
here in SoCal. Tons of good bluefin being caught, 60-90lbs is
the average on the school fish. There are some bigger
ones...200+are there for the lucky and properly rigged up folks.
40-50# line has been the go-to for most of these fish. There
were at least a couple fish taken in the 150 range. I
would absolutely suggest having a heavier outfit along,
especially if your trip will have a shot at fishing dusk, dawn,
middle of the night... There are some toads swimming around!
Yellowtail, some smaller fish that would do well being tossed
back in the water to grow up. But, we're also seeing some
10-12lb YT, some schools with 20+ pounders being caught. Forget
the little fish, toss 'em back to grow up. Target those 20-30
pounders, there are some to be had! Day and a half trips have
been a very good option. For the short 1/2-3/4 day trips, varied
catches from bass, sculpin, barracuda, and yes a few white
seabass. Great time to be on the water and it's only
For this week's specials, it's a varied
catch here, too. Nice range of reels, very useful lures,
some good things on tap for fishermen.
We'll have a bit of an announcement next week, and another
special purchase opportunity...
As always, thank you for visiting our
Weekly Specials and hope to see you at the shop!
Sincerely, Mark Smith
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series conventional star drag reels have been a hit since they were
first introduced almost 10 years ago. 2018 marks the third
generation of Daiwa's Star drag Saltist Series.
Daiwa doesn't change
products unless they feel they need to, and in the case of the Saltist reels, they really didn't need to make a change. They've
been solid performers, great casters, and have established a very
favorable reputation. The update to the reels seems minor at
first glance, but we see couple things evolved for the better.
Specs are still quite good for what these reels are intended to do,
they'll cast well, have more drag available than necessary, and they
are a nicer build. One thing I quickly noticed, of course my
pet peeve, how's the drainage? Are they trapping saltwater
internally or allowing for easier cleanup by a tired angler after a
day on the water? How's the freespool? Overall feel???
Feel, well they
feel tight and smooooth, spin like tops, and they addressed drainage
like Okuma did on the Makaira series reels. The old
did a great job with four ports for drainage, getting the job done
vertically or horizontally. The new models took that design and made
the ports about double the size. That's great in my estimation!
Gearing on all reels in the series is 6.4:1, quick. Daiwa's
conservative with their products, very conservative company, and
conservatively rates their reels for use with 12-40# mono, and
double that for braid (typical for Japanese manufacturers - but I
see no reason to claim a higher test with braid than mono - pressure
is pressure... It's all about line capacity and drag
capability. Given the drag these reel put out, you can indeed
fish them quite successfully. Also, most of us fish a mix of
braid and mono. So, I'm going to suggest that Daiwa made an
error calling the reels 12-40# models. Clearly with their drag and
capacity numbers, these reels cover lines/leaders greater than 40#.
Frankly, the 50# sill see duty at 50-60# by many anglers, and there
will be those fishing straight 50# braid with a short topshot of 30#
on the small 20 size. But, Daiwa provides some guidance.
Saltist 20H pictured above
manufacturer: The SALTIST STAR DRAG CONVENTIONAL REELS are designed with the
latest trending features, strong yet compact and light. The 6 reels
in the series will hold line classes from 12- to 40-pound test mono
and are strong enough for braid sizes up to 80-pounds. The drag
system can apply as much as 25-pounds of pressure to the spool.
Constructed from machined aluminum, anodized for maximum corrosion
resistance, these reels are sturdy and durable yet high performing.
The true freespool of this star drag system allows for longer casts
under a variety of conditions and uninhibited spool pay out is
ideally suited for fishing live bait. The 6.4 to 1 gear ratio is
fast enough for jigging, yet powerful enough to put big fish on the
deck. Competitively priced for a high performance reel, it won’t be
long before you see Saltist Star Drag Reels loading up the rod racks
of your favorite local fishing vessel.
SALTIST® STAR DRAG FEATURES:
reels designed to hold from 12- to 40-pound monofilament
Maximum drag pressure from 17- to 25-pounds, well suited for
Built from machined aluminum with an anodized finish for
greater corrosion resistance
4 stainless steel ball bearings and a roller bearing
Extremely smooth freespool
6.4:1 gear ratio
System for control and longer casts
SALTIST STAR DRAG REELS
Line Per Handle Turn
Line Capacity (Lb. Test / Yards)
6.4 : 1
12/350, 14,290, 20/180
(J-BRAID 8x: 30/550,
6.4 : 1
12/420, 14,260, 20/210
(J-BRAID 8x: 40/260,
6.4 : 1
14/490, 20,295, 25/235
(J-BRAID 8x: 40/380,
6.4 : 1
20/300, 25,240, 30/180
(J-BRAID 8x: 40/600,
6.4 : 1
25/400, 30,270, 40/240
(J-BRAID 8x: 40/660,
5.1 : 1
25/400, 30,270, 40/240
(J-BRAID 8x: 40/660,
6.4 : 1
30/350, 40,310, 50/220
(J-BRAID 8x: 40/840,
5.1 : 1
30/350, 40,310, 50/220
(J-BRAID 8x: 40/840,
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Daiwa's Lexa series reels have been
tremendous values and tremendous reels to own. Relatively small
baitcasters with high drag capability make them great inshore
reels with some serious offshore capability.
This series first was
shown at ICAST 2012, adding models in 2013 introducing a new 400
size, these have proven their merit for applications requiring
greater capacity - in several
configurations. In 2016 ICAST Daiwa updated the Lexa series, added
some models with asked for features like the clicker which is now
available on some models, further refined gear ratio offerings, etc.
For 2017 and beyond Daiwa refined the models further, and added
new WINN grip handle knobs.
Daiwa's 400 sized reels
run $249, the 300 size @ $199
ICAST 2017 Daiwa did an update to the "standard" LEXA series reels.
They've now incorporated new WINN GRIP Knobs to this wonderful
series of reels. The standard 10 models now make use of the durable,
tacky sure-grip security and positive feel of WINN handle knobs.
This represents a very nice enhancement to some wonderful inshore
Tesoro is a 2018 model reel, first shown at ICAST July 2017. The new
star drag reels got a lot of attention from anglers, with the
improvement in casting of leverdrags it seems there's a
preponderance of lever's and less star drag reel options for serious
anglers who are looking for a high quality star. There really
are applications where both types of reel offer advantages. 20 years
ago, if you wanted a good casting reel it pretty much had to be a
star drag. These days, in no small part thanks to Cal Sheets, Larry
Cofe, and of course Avet, lever drag reels improved. But, still you
can do some things with a star drag reel you just can't duplicate on
a leverdrag. So, there's a market among anglers for the
benefits a good star drag can offer. As of this date (11/17)
Daiwa's Saltiga has been the class act in this regard. Along comes
the Tesoro, and I have to say it's similarly refined, but a very
different reel. The metal-work is very good, as expected, but
you'll also note that these are trimmer than what we're used to
handling, excess weight has been taken off areas of the reel where
it's not needed. Freespool is simply excellent, and the drag is very
capable, you can button 'em down and not effect casting performance.
Could very well become the wahoo reels of choice for a lot of guys.
Compact, light, modern technology and application of best practices
in design...and a 3 year warranty.
The Tesoro reels make use of (buzzword)
alumilite frame construction which provides more precise tolerances
for precise gear alignment, maximum castability, and durability. The
mechanical stabilizing system keeps the reels in precise alignment
for strong, stable and smooth long term performance. Okuma also has
a patent pending enhancement which stabilizes the spool at three key
points to maintain optimum performance and minimize spool shaft flex
when under pressure.
- High Speed 6.2:1 gear ratio - 6061-T6 machined aluminum frame, sideplate and spool - 17-4 grade stainless steel helical cut gearing - Multi-disc Carbonite drag system with Cal’s drag grease - CRC: Corrosion-Resistant Coating Process - Swept aluminum star for increased ergonomics - Anodized aluminum swept handle reduces wobble while cranking - 4BB+1RB corrosion resistant bearings, spool bearing with TSI oil - Ergo grip handle knob with anodized aluminum handle arm - Dual anti-reverse (mechanical and roller bearing) - XL Gearing: Drop down gear box - Quick-Set ant-reverse bearing allows for zero back play in handle - MSS: Mechanical Stabilizing System for increased durability - Self-lubricating gear system, all models
Tesoro Star Drag
Max drag force(kg)
Monofilament line capacity
Braided line rating
(0.35/325, 0.40/255, 0.45/190)
320/25# (0.40), 245/30(0.45),150/40
(0.35/390, 0.40/290, 0.45/225)
(0.40375, 0.45/270, 0.54/170)
aside, these reels are very good, no, lets make that excellent and just
step from incredible. I'm a
bit more into feel, touch, subjective
evaluation than I am numbers and buzzwords. All the buzzwords and specs don't mean as much as
how a reel actually feels doing what it's supposed to do. Okuma has
another winner in my estimation. The Tesoro feels like a
quality reels should, better since it's pretty darn light. You could
call it a star drag Makaira, and in some respects that might be
fair, but it's a much different reel and one that needed to be made.
There's no slop in the handle, everything feels reassuringly solid
and tight, smooth upon cranking the handle. Nice feel.
Excellent freespool, really these are excellent casting reels. Great
for distance casting, and hard pulling drag capability.
I've had more than one client state after a trip, "this is
the best casting reel I've ever owned."
I very much appreciate all that the Okuma
engineers are doing to try to minimize the effects of saltwater. The
treatment to the metal parts, and (one of my peeve points on almost
all other manufacturers) the Tesoro has proper porting, so you can
actually clean a reel after a hard days fishing. Take a look at the
pics below to see what I mean, four ports, no vac lock, easy drain
while fishing or when you're back home cleaning, good airflow for
drying...makes a difference long term in my book.
often the little things that make big differences in how well
certain reels perform over time.
the manufacturer shortchange on the bearings, or make use of a cheap
stamped clamp or reel foot. How are they putting their parts
together? That's what makes working on a reel simple or overly
complicated, so darn hard to work on that a reel becomes more fit
for the garbage basket than repair bench. Well, the Tesoro is really
pretty straight ahead in how she's put together. In a lot of ways,
you could say this relatively light reel is overbuilt. Note
the way the reel foot is put together, four points secured to reel
frame - not two, reel clamp allows plenty of thread on the bolts to
be secured. One could call it overbuilt for it's intended line
class by some standards, but I'd suggest it's just built to best
We've received a good
deal of feedback from clients who now own and fish these new
reels. Reports are all very positive, strengths mentioned
include both casting and drag smoothness. One long
ranger said, "This is the best casting reel I own," used it
for casting bombs and iron to wahoo. Very reliable piece,
zero defect rate, we've spooled and shipped plenty and if a
reel's going to break it's going to happen when we spool up
under pressure. No failures on the bench, zero. That's
something we can't say about all new reels we've worked
with... Expect solid, reliable performance from the Tesoro.
newest International reels were first shown
at ICAST 2017.
Penn's new line
does indeed represent a significant
improvement over what they've been supplying
in the past. The VISX models compete with
the top echelon of long range oriented
reels. These are the best reels Penn has
ever produced from a long range perspective
- relatively light, high drag capability,
excellent freespool performance, USA made!
The older generation reels were excellent for what they were intended to do,
trolling duty. But, at the rail there were
other large game reels which killed them.
Penn could not compete, that was clearly
indicated by folks targeting cow sized tuna
on the long range fleet.
Pro series set the standard back in 2005 and
they've kept improving. And, for those
wanting to fish the USA standard - Penn -
Cal Sheets got a fair amount of business
improving and enhancing those tanks. Then came Okuma's Makaira
series, as we were first to announce, the
Makaira series reels were game changers for
the industry. That was proven fact. Penn
went back to the drawing board, hard, and I will
suggest copied several design aspects of the
Makaira and Avet Raptor design (pull vs push, silent
dogs...). That's easily confirmed by
anyone who does a side by side comparison
and pushes the lever and turns the handle.
The guys at Penn spent their time well, the
new VISX series in the International line-up
stand on their own, they are excellent
We are including a very
nice dry-pack backpack in RealTree camo with
the purchase of a Penn International reel.
So, you can figure (if you go hollowcore)
about $160+ worth of incentives to
sweeten your purchase of a wonderful reel. That's a pretty good incentive to get
off the fence and grab a new reel.
Machined and anodized aluminum body
Stainless steel main and pinion gears
Quick-Shift II™ 2-speed system
Versa-Strike Adjustable Strike stop
Double-dog ratchet anti-reverse
Line Capacity Rings
Made in the USA of domestic and imported
1 Year Manufacturers Warranty
The PENN International VI series is designed
and manufactured in the USA of domestic and
imported components. Precision machined from
high-strength, lightweight, aircraft grade
aluminum in our Philadelphia machining
center. The fully machined stainless steel
gear train is the biggest in the business.
The Dura-Drag system results in a
smoother start up and virtually eliminates
hesitation, even under extreme drag
at ICAST in 2018 I came across something new to
me, which really is the only reason I attend the
show - searching out interesting new items from
folks I've never come across. Well, I'm
sure glad I found this one. I was mesmerized
looking at the way the squid undulated in the
water and those wings...my gosh I'd jump on this
calamari in a heartbeat.
Okay, back to the lures, these things are
dandy and well priced with lots of rigging
options you can plan. They are a solid bodied
lure with great big 3D squid eyes, contracting
fluttering tentacles, squid scented and with
color patterns that will grab attention from any
non-vegetarian gamefish. You have to see
the way these things swim and drop, simply
amazing action. You can rig these on a
standard ball style leadhead, mojo head, even go
weedless with a larger Eagle Claw underweight
swimbait head. The lures are available in 5.9
inch length, three bodies per pack at a very
economical $11.99 per pack.
In the videos below you can get an idea of
just how attractive these lures are in action.
Many ways to rig them. In the image below
we show three ways you may try, but don't let us
limit you. In my hand you can see an Eagle Claw
Trokar Swimbait 1/4 oz hook rigged weedless,
there's one with a 3/4 oz Strikemaster mojo
leadhead and one on a 7/0 long shanked Aki hook
from Owner. All three can be effective ways to
present the lures. With the Aki hook I'd
go Carolina rig with an egg sinker up the line a
couple feet. You've got to see 'em to
understand why they are so darn appealing.
right is a new hook rig from Chasebaits, there are two sizes
offered. By no means are these required for use of the squid lures,
far from it. But, they are a very interesting alternative to use of
a jighead, Carolina rigged or other means of attaching a hook to
these wonderful lures.
he "SquidRig" is available in two weights, 1
1/2 and 3/4 ounce weights
made to fit the larger 7.8" squid lures.
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for Google, which might normally get me
to delete the videos below, but really
they need to be seen in order to
appreciate these new lures.
There's another very useful video posted by
an Australian, John Costello via MyLureBox. Very
worthwhile link with rigging ideas:
Zuker Grass Skirts - Zuker's Grass Skirts may not
look like all that much, but they act differently when dragged thru
the water behind a boat. The lure's body is filled with a coarse
nylon material instead of the more traditional feathers. This
material first gained poularity as a skirt
material behind their Z1 heads, targeting wahoo.
The material was more durable than traditional
feather and plastic skirts. But, there were some
other gains with the material, a better and more
noticeable trail. They get bit very well! My first reaction to the lure was
pure apathy. Frankly, it's not a very attractive bait. That's why I didn't bring it into
our stock initially when I first started CharkBait. Boy was I wrong.
I began getting a lot of feedback from some of our Northern
California clients about it's effectiveness. So I
reluctantly brought them in. Southern California tuna
fishermen who followed the internet heard of their success up the
coast, tried 'em, and quickly started boiling on these lures like
a bunch of tuna feeding on a bait ball. The green/yellow pattern
became a much favored "afternoon" go-to lure.
Down deep where it counts, the Zuker "broom" is a beautiful lure.
It catches fish! The lure proved it's worth, many times over several seasons, so I'm now
stocking them in good supply, and expanding the color selection. The ZG presents a different look and feel to a fish, there
may be a different sonic characteristic as well. For some strange reason, this lure was
among the most productive trolling lures for albacore tuna
for many years now, and yellowfin follow 'em
just as well and bite every bit as aggressively
as the long fins. If you don't have any in your
trolling pack, be sure to pick a couple up, they are very much worth putting in the water.
No questions about it, it's a very good trolling lure, for both
albacore and yellowfin tuna.
an upgraded ZG with Mylar tinsel which makes this
great lure even more appealing. Use them in strong
sunlight conditions to attract even more
attention. The upgrade lures are of limited
availability, but we do try to keep them in stock
- not always easy. Just a bit more flash, useful
in gaining a bit more visibility especially in
stronger sunlit summer days.
The new version of our
popular Wounded Swimmer is into it's second generation. This
lure was based upon an old SPRO design which was discontinued a
few years back. Then, it was a general purpose
mostly popular in the smaller sizes. But, upon it being
discontinued we made a large purchase and one of our clients
discovered it's strength as a wahoo lure. Based upon his
experience (goes by the nickname Planet, a PhD-type
teaching and researching at a CA university between fishing
trips), we brought the piece back as a CharkBait lure a
couple years ago in two large sizes and it did very, very well
for wahoo, yellowfin tuna and yellowtail (among other species).
It did extraordinarily well for the "skins." (note the
image right, a nice wahoo from our 2014 RRIII charter - lure
still in the 'skins mouth)
In this update
we've continued with the improvements made before, and added
something for the guys targeting larger, harder pulling fish
like tuna and wahoo. Now the lures have a ball bearing swivel as
the attachment point for the hook, and we've added an oversized
welded ring at the nose instead of the split ring for even
better action from the lure. Both improvements will provide
anglers with a better performance, and our thru wire
construction and less brittle body (than the old SPRO) means the
lure can survive longer in the real world encounters with a hard gelcoat on a boat without catastrophic cracking. It can happen,
but it takes far more punishment than the old SPRO did, and
we've made it a better lure for catching wahoo and tuna.
we made a better mousetrap - make that fish trap. We have
made the lures five productive colors, two sizes, 150 and 100
gram weights, 6 1/4 & 5 1/2 inches respectively. They have a
very nice curve which provides some added action on the
retrieve, and upon the drop mimics a stunned bait as it drops in
a flutter. The lures are exceptional, and all the colors are
excellent in attracting attention from the targeted species. The
big eyes also add to their realistic
appearance and attention
getting, fish attracting performance. These are some of the best
wahoo and tuna lures you'll find. They can be fished on the
slide as well as cast and retrieve mode. The price went up a tad
from the earlier production, but the value is in the upgrade
lures without a doubt. Both the new hook, welded ring and swivel
will make these lures even better than their predecessor, and
those were darn good lures with lots of fish to their credit.
They may look too darn simple to work, they may even
seem almost primitive in their design. But, darn if they don't work!
These simple lures will work very well for a wide variety of fish.
Here's another very interesting lure from a firm
more known for their knock-out trout lures. ULHW makes a wide range of lures, all made here
in America, not imported from Mexico or China.
They are hand poured and are available in a
number of productive color patterns. We've
selected several that match the hatch and will
work well for our inshore and offshore species.
This particular lure is a "catch anything" type
of lure, it will work for a wide variety of
fish, any predatory species will find this
offering attractive and worth a bite.
style of internal leadhead lures have been
around for years, remembering the old Tora Tubes
from Canyon Plastics and many others. So, you
could say that this style of lure has been
"poached" from the earlier designers
(inside poke/joke). This
particular manufacturer has a stronger material
than another version in our SoCal marketplace
it will catch a few more fish before shredding
and it seems just as soft and pliable by
comparison. More recently these tube-style
baits have become very popular for folks fishing
inshore as well as offshore. Yellowtail,
Spotties, Sandbass, Calico Bass, tuna, stripers
and really just about any species will find
these offerings quite irresistible.
The internal leadhead is made by the
lure-maker, too (with one exception at their lightest and smallest
size). Hooks are very high quality USA made, durable and very, very sharp as I
found out (the hard way) while taking images of the lures, and yes
the barbs do as intended (was not so easy to de-hook myself...).
We're stocking these productive lures in six
sizes: 1/4, 5/8, 1, 2, 3 and 4 ounce. They range
in length from 2 1/2, 4, 4 1/4, 5, 6, 7 inches
respectively. In terms of weight, it's
approximate and there is some variance with the
larger sized lures. The "4" ouncer
actually will arrive at a tad over 5 ounces, the
3 ounce comes in more like 4 ounces. Lure
weights stated below are really for the internal
leadhead, so they will run heavy due to the
Tuna on the Troll
Just received a LARGE shipment...BUT it
wasn't enough, sold out of a couple now.
More on the way.
Nomad will have a price increase coming in July...
DTX Minnow is a revolution in trolling
minnows, featuring the Nomad Autotune,
Hydrospeed, Diamond Armour and Gorilla
Through Wire advanced design technology. The
pat. pending Autotune system was designed
over years of testing by Damon Olsen and is
a revolution in lure technology that will be
applied to all deep diving lures across the
Nomad range into the future. The Autotune
design provides for 2 key features– maximum
diving depth, and the ability to ensure the lure always swims straight.
We've now had six months experience with
these excellent lures and they have proven
themselves very capable performers. They are
the hot trolling lure for wahoo on the long
range boats and they've taken some
impressive tuna too. We've supplied several
clients in Florida who have very positive
comments regarding the lure's success - they
caught wahoo when nothing else did...
During summer we experienced supply issues
as Nomad ramped up US distribution, opening
their own warehouse here. That's been
fixed and we have a very good sized order
arriving early this week. I've added a
couple new flavors to this week's specials,
and we have three or four more new ones to
be added later in the week.
Bibbed minnows have traditionally been made
with an eyelet fixed into the bib of the
lure. It is impossible to control the
manufacturing process to ensure that this
fixed eyelet design is always perfectly
centered and the fixed wire eyelet is not
bent. Therefore, virtually every type of
bibbed minnow made with a fixed wire eyelet
in the bib will occasionally either not swim
straight out of the box, or will fail to
swim straight after one or a few fish. The
eyelet is either not straight to start with,
or becomes distorted during use.
In the first
image you can see the plate of
steel to which the split ring is
connected. The plate "floats" so
it's angle can change, always
keeping the lure running true.
The second image shows the
forward position for connecting
an assist hook rather than the
single hook mounted at the
belly. This would be the
preferred hook type for a
billfish or perhaps a larger
grade tuna that might torque the
singles. You can re-rig with a
treble if so desired at the same
positions as the singles for
The pat. pending Autotune system developed by
Nomad Design has eliminated this problem. The
design eliminates problems during manufacturing
and ensure that no matter how many fish you
catch, the lure will keep swimming straight.
During testing we had lures that had caught over
50 fish, and had been worn through from wahoo
and dogtooth teeth to the point of the lure body
filling with water, but the lure kept swimming
perfectly. The DTX minnow with Autotune will
always swim straight, first time and every time,
no matter how many fish you catch.
The other key feature of the Autotune system
is the amazing diving depth that can be
achieved. The ability of the system to
perfectly centre itself every time on the
bib means that the tow point can be designed
to be as far back on the bib as possible,
effectively just forward of the point where
the lure becomes unstable and won’t swim.
However, having the tow point as close to
this “point of not swimming” is what
achieves maximum diving depth, but it can
only be done with a perfectly centred tow
point. Traditional fixed eyelet trolling
lures are unable to position the tow point
this far back on the bib and have to allow
room for error in the manufacturing process.
The pat.pending Autotune system has eliminated
this problem and has set a new standard for
diving depth in trolling lure design. In
addition to the Autotune technology, the
concealed Hydrospeed belly eyelet allows faster
trolling speeds with single hooks, and ensures
the lure is balanced with single hooks, so the
DTX minnow just keeps swimming straight and
true. The additional belly eyelet in front of
the Hydrospeed eyelet is designed to be able to
fit an assist hook when targeting large tuna and
marlin. For tips on how to rig your DTX minnow
for marlin and tuna, please see the website
The DTX 165 and 200 minnows are rigged with our
purpose designed inline single hooks and will
reach max. depth between 4.5-8kn. Ideal for
tuna, wahoo, king mackerel, yellowtail, mahi
mahi, marlin and sailfish, and every other
predatory fish in the ocean, The DTX minnow is
your first choice in bluewater trolling lures.
- do not over-rig these lures, you'll detract from their action
and performance. Thinner diameter leader means greater depth
with any billed diver and a heavy line improperly rigged can
impede the Autotune system. Don't go in for a lot of hardware,
snaps and such. A simple loop with crimp, on 3' of 175 cable
terminating ina swivel for line attachment is plenty good enough
and will outfish heavier lines. Don't run 'em on 12 feet of 400
lb cable! A shorter 3 feet of say 175-275 lb is recommended, and
is more than sufficient if you are targeting wahoo on the troll.
Same story for mono and tuna, keep it simple, and fish
reasonable line tests for your target. Thinner diameters get you
more depth and will catch you more fish. Personaly, I run 175#
49 strand AFW cable, with a double crimp to
the ring at the nose of the lure, about 3-4
feet, and then will use a barrel or ball
bearing swivel to attach to my main line.