Deep drop fishing is an obsession for a few serious anglers. . Many of us have made one or two (usually one) drop with a conventional reel to the bottom in several hundred feet of water just to see what happens and usually with no success. Monofilament line has too much stretch to feel a strike and creates too much “belly” in the line especially with a little current. Large lead weights are needed and only the largest 130 lb. tackle can handle them. Of course, reeling by hand may be more “sporting,” but is impossible when you consider the extreme depth. Many a mate has considered quitting after winding up a fishless 80 after one or two drops.
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