wire leaders with spanish?
Just received an order from sea striker - including a mac duster. Basically a clark spoon with a bucktail teaser further up the line. However - it comes with a steel leader. I've never used a steel leader with macs - I'm concerned they are already pretty leader shy.
Anyone have any luck with spanish while using steel leaders?
I always run fluoro even on stacked rigs like christmas trees and never had a problem. I think the wire is more or less meant to keep bluefish from shredding it in two.
for me I have found them leader shy, just my OP
Well, your lure should be at least 22' back with in-lline sampo and light floroClean leader. However, resetting a planner is much easier with braided or mono products. So use 3-5 oz inline weights instead. Also, wire will make a #1 dive the depth of #2. I've done it many times in "emergencies", Not good idea, though. I keep a mixture of lines around.
They're leader shy - tie a swivel at least 10' up the leader, directly tie leader to lure - no snap, no other hardware, no wire
Clearly the concensus here is for flouro or mono leaders, not wire. However, for many ,many years I caught Spanish Macs off Key West (where the water is much clearer than the Chesapeake) with wire leader rigs. They will hit on wire. That said, all I've used here is light mono. Next time out I'll try a short trace of light wire tied to spoon and will report results.
When the spanish were thicker a couple years back,I was using a 1 to 2 inch wire leader in front of my spoons.[for bite offs] Find out very quickly the the fish were leader shy with the spoons with wire.So now I use 20# mono,and double the line[loop] about 6 inches in front of the spoon.Tie the spoon with an "offshore swivel knot". Helps greatly with cut offs.Fish dont seem to care about the double line.
Good hunting! Send some north for me.
Jeff -Red Machine-