How to make a shock leader for Wahoo fishing.
High Speed Trolling Made Easy
This follow-up to our trolling weight video shows the proper way to make a shock leader for Wahoo fishing. Shock leaders are a critical component for catching Wahoo offshore with trolling weights. Use quality materials and techniques to make your own shock leaders and save some money.
The shock leader is a critical part of fishing with a trolling weight. It’s basically an extension of your mainline and leader as it absorbs most of the impact from a fish strike. It’s important to keep the length around 25 feet and to use quality components. We recommend using a good brand of leader and a ball bearing snap swivel. Some folks like to use 2 swivels, but that’s really unnecessary. Chafe gear is another very important piece of the puzzle. You need this chafe protection as all connections are put under a lot of stress when fishing with trolling weights, especially high speed fishing. Make sure you match your sleeves to the leader diameter and properly crimp everything to ensure success.
Shock leaders are easy to make and you can save some money making them on your own.