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Red Snapper

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Big Snapper Rig

This rig is designed for targeting big snapper whether fishing from the boat or shore. It is a running rig that means that it allows the shyer biting big snapper to pick up the bait and swim off with it without felling the pressure of the sinker as it takes the bait. With this rig you fish with a very light drag (or your reel in freespool) that enables line to be released as the fish swims off. Large snapper will often pick up a bait and swim 10 or 20m before finally eating it. This is when you would tighten up on the drag and put the pressure on to set the hook. A 2 hook pennel rig is used for the trace which enables the use of big baits such as whole pilchards. It also gives the added security that two hooks has as large snapper are easily capable of chewing through thick line and crushing hooks with the powerful jaws. When fishing from the beach an advantage of using the ball sinker is for what is called ‘walking the dog’. If there is a current running parallel to the beach you can use the running rig to cover a lot of ground as the rig will roll down the beach with the current. All you need to do is walk down the beach with your rod as the rig rolls a long the bottom. Doing this will mean you cover a lot more area and is good for prospecting. Your rig will drop into any holes or guts where fish tend to hold, which can then be targeted with a rig incorporating a breakout sinker it will hold in the newly discovered hole,

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.

Anti Crab Trace / Snood

A trace that uses floats to keep your baits up off the bottom and away from the paddle crabs. If you find your baits are getting stripped within seconds of hitting the water then paddle crabs may well be the culprit.  This trace will keep your bait out of their claws and will also make it more visible to fish as it sits up off the bottom giving your bait an enticing movement that will attract the attention of any nearby fish.