"...Is there anything anyone has AGAINST steel leaders other than the higher cost..."
It would be a pain and slow process to do the rigging since I use circle hooks. Wire does kink, and once kined it is more susceptible to breaking.
Plus, at what point do we just have to say enough already!! We are catching mostly 5-10 pound catfish, some 10-40 pound fish, and an occasional 50-70 pounder. I know offshore guys that are catching 75-200 pound tuna on 20-30 pound mono. Heck, I know guys that are landing 200-500 pound sharks on 80 pound Power Pro.
I just think it is total overkill and a waste of time and money to use these super duper sized lines and leaders.
The truth is that most people are just wanting to try something new, spend some money, and have a good reason to go fishing so they can try out their new stuff. Do they really need it? Probably not, but if it excites you into having a good time, gives you a reason to hang out at the tackle store, stare out the window waiting for UPS to arrive, and enjoy the water then I guess it ain't that bad. :smile2: