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Larry

I've used the rig that you mention when I worked as deckie on a boat in Madeira. The only difference was that instead of a Coastlock snap they tend to use a stainless steel shackle to join the short lure leader to the main wind on (I've attached a picture). They don't use livebaits in Madeira preferring to cover more water by fast trolling with lures. I've live baited with big (10 - 15 lb)skipjack tuna in Mauritius and it's a very successful technique. They take blue and black marlin, hammerhead & mako sharks and BIG yellowfin tuna (only the really big ones can eat a bait that big!). I took a 450 lb blue marlin and a 400 lb hammerhead on the same day with livebait.

I haven't fished for the big bluefin before but I'm told that they're very shy of any hardware near to the lure so I think long fluorocarbon leaders may be required.

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The small Duel 12 Speedy and 20 Speedy are really nice too and reasonably affordable, I've got my eyes on them too. My buddy is the Duel distributor in Portugal so that helps too LOL!

shrky2413 said:
AWESOME reel Spike. Maybe one day when I win the lottery I can get something like it. LoL.
 
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