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Pelagic longlines were weighted with lead weights, enabling them to fish deeper in the water column than traditional pelagic longlines. Weighted longlines caught 31 target species with a slightly higher catch per unit effort (CPUE) of 1.3 fish/100 hooks (49 kg/100 hooks) compared to traditional gear (38 target species and a CPUE of 1.08 fish/100 hooks or 41 kg/100 hooks). Bigeye tuna CPUE for the weighted gear was higher, 0.95 fish/100 hooks (36 kg/100 hooks), than for traditional gear, 0.56/100 hooks (21 kg/100 hooks). Swordfish CPUE was very similar for weighted (0.3 fish/100 hooks or 17 kg/100 hooks) and traditional (0.25 fish/100 hooks or 14 kg/100 hooks) gear. This technique could be used to reduce sea turtle and other bycatch species interactions, however this was not tested during this initial trial study.