Make your own MYDO Heavy-duty Gamefish Trace
Make your own MYDO Heavy-duty Gamefish Trace: you can buy them online…or you can just build your own. With detailed, illustrated instructions – right here in this video.
Maybe “There Will Be Blood!” is a better name for the MYDO Tackle Talk show on YouTube. In this video, we finally get a wire wound, live on camera. Very funny even though the blood is mine!
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Back to trace making…
The video takes you through the assembly process of this heavy duty trace. And the reasons for using the rig in its current iteration. The 2024 model features 300lb as the leader. I produce these traces with about 2m of leader. But you can go right up to 4 or even 6m.
This leader will not kink and break. And only a shark will really get through it. And then only if he somehow gets that leader in its mouth somehow during the argument.
Putting this trace in the heavy-duty realm are the double number 6 wire droppers. Not so easy to tie. And they use a lot of wire. But the reassurance you get from taking this extreme measure is well worth the blood. When you tie your own, you need to deploy one of the three methods of breaking the wire tags off flush. They need to be flush or the telescopic function will get jammed (as subtly demonstrated in the video above).
Got to get that last treble right in the tail. This is a 3 dropper trace that extends from an ugly but compact 23 cm – all the way out to a delectable-looking 50cm bait. This is walla-walla (cutlassfish) territory. Although An extra dropper or even two might even be needed for those looooong guys. But a big shad or bonito – like 2kgs or more even…this is the trace to deploy.
Firstly, as you can see in the video, with nylon, we are silent. Whereas wire resonates and makes a horrifying screaming sound under any pressure. Even a 30cm mackerel on wire number 6 leader, makes this stupid noise.
Then, the nylon is vague and blends into the ocean around it. Whereas the heavy wire you would be using in place of the 300lb nylon, would be number 11 or 12. With a big live bonito, this rig sings louder than any whale.
And then since most of the fish we are after, come in hot from the back and below, we need to drape the trace up over the back of the fish. Running past the dorsal. With the last hook exactly in the tail.
It’s that last hook that we are relying on the most. It will lodge right in the scissors at high speed and will hook up every time. Then the rest of the ugly and dangerous rig will find more purchase with the other super-sharp hooks flailing about. Often resulting in having to fight the fish a bit sideways.
Either way, the teeth are gonna be far from the nylon trace.
You can check out how to build all the other traces that MYDO produces. Individual heads are available for sure. Take the e-commerce plunge on The Sardine News. Or use the WhatsApp button on this page somewhere, for a direct line to the factory.
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