Estuary rig 4 – Single paternoster, heavy

Northern target species

Flathead, trevally, mangrove jack, queen fish, emperor, salmon, barramundi, cat fish and most of the larger, northern estuary species.

Southern target species

Flathead, trevally, mulloway, yellow tail king fish salmon and most of the larger, southern estuary species.

Popular baits

Large, fresh prawns, cut fish strips or cubes, whole dead and live bait fish, squid, octopus and crabs.

Fishing method

The heavy Paternoster rig is designed to target larger species within a moderate casting distance from shore. Simply cast the baited rig out into the desired location, wait until it settles onto the sea floor and wait for a fish to come calling. Larger, heavier fishing outfits may be placed into secured rod holders for convenience in between takes. Always remember to wait until the fish has your bait securely before striking!

Terminal tackle used

Swivel – Medium size 8 to large sized 2 three way or cross line.

Hook – Medium sized 5/0 to large sized 9/0 suicide, ganged, long shank or bait holder.

Hook Leader – Nylon, light wire or fluoro carbon 40 – 80lb breaking strain.

Sinker leader – The sinker leader should be lighter in breaking strain than the hook leader in case of snagging.

Sinker – As light as conditions allow size 4 – 6 star, spoon or snapper.

Casting distance

0 – 80 meters, this rig casts best with smaller, lighter baits.

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