Pick the Right Size
You will need to determine which size works best for you. Copper wire is available in 30 test and 45 test. The 45 is more popular because it's heavier and more versatile. Because it can be used at substantial depths, it is the choice of most deep-sea anglers.
Know How it's Rigged
Copper wire is rigged in a manner similar to lead core lines. A backing of monofilament or super braid is spooled onto the reel, followed by the copper wire. Attach the wire using an Albright knot. This rigging method lets you successfully fish at varying depths.
Have the Right Reel
Because of the size of copper wire, you're going to need a larger saltwater reel. Some of the reels designed to handle copper wire trolling can be pricey. Look for seasonal sales.
Upgrade Your Rod
To successfully fish with copper wire, you need a rod designed for this type of line. Rods with roller guides are an efficient choice and are moderately priced in the $80 to $100 range, as of February 2010.
Deploy Your Line Slowly
Copper wire is heavier than traditional fishing line, so it will sink at a faster rate. You want to control the speed at which it sinks to keep slack in your line to a minimum. Use the bait clicker on your reel to slow down the speed at which the line sinks. It reduces the extra slack in the line and lowers it to a slower speed.
Change Your Trolling Direction
Trolling in downwind water is the most successful way to use copper wire. By facing this direction, you are able to reach the targeted depth without interference from waves, and your line is stabilized. Trolling in a facing sea is more difficult because the line can drop and dip to depths you never intended. This is due to the wave action pushing against the hull.