Wire Leader Material
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Using a wire leader can help you catch more fish.
While the need for using a steel wire leader is obvious when it comes to catching toothy fish like king mackerel, wahoo and tuna, many anglers would argue that there are other reasons to consider using a wire leader. The first is that compared to heavy nylon monofilament or fluorocarbon leaders, wire leaders offer less water resistance and track smoother through the water, which results in a more lifelike action of the lure or bait. The second is that wire leaders, when used for surf or bottom fishing, lay flatter on the bottom compared to mono or fluoro. West Marine offers spools of wire leader material in a variety of gauges by AFW (American Fishing Wire) and Malin. Also available are pre-rigged wire Ballyhoo and shark fishing rigs.