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Livebait Rig (Deep Water)

This rig is used to fish a live bait fish close to the bottom for species such as kingfish and John Dory that will rarely take dead baits. The bait can be hooked on through the back as shown or alternatively through the fishes nose. Livebaits will usually be taken head first so it is important to ensure you place the hook so that it is orientated as shown in the image. This will help ensure a good hook up and prevent the  fish from disgorging the bait.

Livebait Rig (Floated)

This rig is used to fish a live bait fish close to the surface for species such as kingfish that will rarely take dead baits. The bait can be hooked on through the back as shown or alternatively via a bridle rig through the fishes nose. Livebaits will usually be taken head first so it is important to ensure you place the hook so that it is orientated as shown in the image. This will help ensure a good hook up and prevent the  fish from disgorging the bait.

Bristle Boom Rig

The bristle boom rig is a paternoster (aka ledger, dropper) rig that utilizes bristle booms to make the snoods stand off from the main rig body at a better angle. This helps prevent them tangling and presents the baits better as the stiffer bristle booms give them a more enticing movement in the current. As with other paternoster type rigs this is a good all round general rig that can be used in most fishing situations.

Pennel Rig (Fixed)

The pennel rig is a trace / snood that is used when fishing with large baits for example a whole pilchard or baby squid. Generally the bottom hook is larger with the top hook either sliding or snelled in a fixed position. The advantage of having the hook in a fixed position is that if your bottom hook gets bitten off the top one is still able to hold the fish on. The disadvantage is that you can’t slide the top hook to suit different sized baits.

Pennel Rig (Sliding)

The pennel rig is a trace / snood that is used when fishing with large baits for example a whole pilchard or baby squid. Generally the bottom hook is larger with the top hook either sliding or snelled in a fixed position. The advantage of having the hook in a fixed position is that if your bottom hook gets bitten off the top one is still able to hold the fish on. The disadvantage is that you can’t slide the top hook to suit different sized baits.