We used a hardline of about 60' of parachute cord with a snubber and 10' of 200# test stranded SS leader. Lures were a metal head
with red feathers and a double hook of moderate size. They were small compared to the Marlin Lures sport fishing
boats use here but not all that small, probably about 5". Tried monofilament leaders but lost
several lures to Ono, they just chomped through the plastic leader, so went back to the heavy SS wire. We only drug a line when we were on deck
the lures. Still drowned a few fish when we weren't very attentive. Fortunately never brought in a fish that had been chomped on.
Caught fish every time we wanted it for dinner from San Diego
. Never caught another fish cruising the Isle Sous Le Vent in FP and the sail back to or sailing around Hawaii
. Possibly because the feather lures were pretty munched up after all those fish strikes.
Caught fish under 40 lbs and mostly under 20. Albacore, Ahe, Aku, Ono and a few Barracuda were the big bulk of our catch. Caught a number of Ono when going into an atoll or bay that we shared with the locals once anchored. Made for a very good introductory presence when dropping anchor
near a local village.
My wife canned some the fish when we had too much. Also marinated some in soy sauce overnight and dried. It was pretty tasty but very very tough to chew. Made beef jerky seem like eating pudding. Might have gotten it too dry. Lasted for a year stored in zip lock freezer
bags. Finally threw it away after about a year.