Deep water offshore rig 4 – Fixed sinker, drift

Northern target species

Flathead, trevally, mangrove jack, queen fish, emperor, salmon, barramundi, mulloway, catfish and most of the medium to large, northern offshore species.

Southern target species

Flathead, trevally, mulloway, yellowtail king fish, pink snapper, trevally, john dory, samson fish, amberjack, bald chin groper, W.A. dhu fish and most other medium to large, southern offshore species.

Popular baits

Fresh prawns, cut fish strips or cubes, white/blue sardines, pilchards, cut squid and octopus, small cut or whole
crabs, shelled cockles, blood or beach worms.

Fishing method

The fixed sinker drift rig is designed to target a variety of  medium to large sized species found in deeper waters. Simply drop the baited rig over the side, wait until it settles onto the sea floor and wait for a fish to come calling. Fishing outfits may be placed into secure rod holders in between takes but reel drags should always be backed down when this is done to avoid broken or lost rods. Always remember to wait until the fish has your bait securely before striking!

Terminal tackle used

Swivel – Medium to large sized 2 – 1/0 three way or cross line.

Hook – Medium to large sized 6/0 – 9/0 tuna or octopus circle

Hook Leader – Nylon or fluoro carbon 80 – 120lb breaking strain.

Sinker leader – The sinker leader should be lighter in breaking strain than the hook leader in case of snagging, 40 – 60lb should suffice for uses with 50lb braided lines.

Sinker – Size 12 – 32 snapper.

Depth range

30 – 100 meters.


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