Estuary rig 6 – Bait casting

Northern target species

Bream, whiting, flathead, trevally, mangrove jack, queen fish, emperor, salmon, barramundi, cat fish, sooty grunter, and most of the smaller, northern estuary species.

Southern target species

Bream, whiting, flathead, trevally, tarwhine, leather jacket, mulloway, salmon, herring, tailor and most of the smaller, southern estuary species.

Popular baits

Freshly cut fish strips, whole white/blue sardines.

Fishing method

The bait casting rig is designed to present a bait in a natural, free falling style that most fish find irresistible. This rig is capable of locating fish throughout the entire water column from surface to sea floor and will account for a very large variety of species in most environments. A small light stick may be added onto the main line near the swivel to attract species such as tailor, snook and herring after dark. Slowly winding this baited rig will ensure it remains near the surface and if fish are deeper in the water column simply cast out and allow the rig to slowly sink down to where they are. Always remember to wait until the fish has your bait securely before striking!

Terminal tackle used

Swivel – Small size 8 to medium sized 2 rolling, barrel or crane.

Hook – Small sized 6 to medium sized 1 ganged hooks 4 per set.

Leader – Nylon or fluoro carbon 20 – 40lb breaking strain.

Sinker – As light as conditions allow size 0 – 1 ball, split shot, barrel or bean.

Casting distance

10 – 40 meters, this rig casts best with smaller, stream lined baits.

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