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Doc, Mad Mahi and others -
glad you enjoyed the tip, try it, you will like it.
i personally found the strike the best part, i got totally hooked on feeling that strike when i held the wire in my hand, feels totally different than when you hold a rod in your hands and get the strike.
i ended up taking a parachute and cutting off the point all the way to the bend, left enough metal so i could hook a piece of pork rind on, and when the fish hit, it would hook the fish for a few seconds before getting off.
when the fish were thick and we had the fish we needed on board, i would troll with this modified jig and and just enjoy the strikes, a fish would hit and hang on for 10 seconds then come off and the next would be right on, great fun, much better than winching them in and releasing them.
just make sure your elbow is bent when you do this, do not have your arm extended straight, you will get hurt, the strike from large fish have surprising amount of power when you hold the line direct like this, no rod to act a shock absorber. also do not wrap the wire around your hand, just hold it at a angle so it does not slip through your glove.
mono leader is used, usually between 10-20 feet, you want a stiffer and shorter rod than spoon rods, you impart the action to the lure, not the rod. i always found the spoon rods a little soft in the tip, they will work ofcourse, but i point this out if you want to get more involved with parachutes.
Luckylindy & Wader-
MONTAUK SWEEP - there are 2 versions, PUSHING OR PULLING STYLE.
i will assume you guys "pulled it" (most fisherman pull it) when you were fishing, the boat was trolling and you were facing the stern, when you work the rod as described you have to PULL the rod foward then drop it back, this is VERY TIRING. plus if you are right handed and fished the starboard side, the pulling would be done with your weaker left arm, tire even faster.
BEING PUSHY IS THE RIGHT WAY.
get the rod, right handed people starboard side please, now FACE THE BOW, turn the rod over, you want the tip just above the water, your right hand on the forefrip, left hand on the butt, now you PUSH with your strong right arm and your left hand pulls back.
you fish facing the bow, when the fish hits, you kind of just turn around , raise the tip and you are in a natural position to fight the fish.
doing it this way, puts the work on your strong arm and also reverses the way you work from pulling to pushing,
it is easier to push than pull.
try it , you will last much longer at the rod.
ON THE ROCKS - PARACHUTES
yes this is a DEADLY DEADLY DEADLY TECHNIQUE to use on rocky structure.
it does work on sand beaches as well, but other lures work better, i suggest LONG single tubes or spoons for sand.