Shallow water offshore rig 1 – Small running sinker

Northern target species

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

Southern target species

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

Popular baits

Fresh prawns, cut fish strips or cubes, cut squid and octopus, small cut or whole crabs, shelled cockles, blood or beach worms and small molluscs such as muscles.

Fishing method

The idea of the running sinker rig is to enable fussy fish to take a bait and swim away without feeling any resistance from the angler or fishing outfit. Cast or drop the baited rig into the desired location and hold the rod as vertically as possible, once a bite is detected drop the rod tip and this will allow the fish some free line to take the bait down freely before moving off. If the fish is not moving away with the bait try slowly lifting the rod until you can feel the fish, remember to let the fish get the bait down before striking.

Terminal tackle used

Swivel – Small size 6 to medium sized 2 barrel, rolling or crane.

Hook – Small size 8 to medium sized 2/0 suicide, ganged,  long shank or bait holder.

Leader – Nylon or fluoro carbon 6 – 30lb breaking strain.

Sinker – As light as conditions will allow, ball, bean or barrel.

Depth range

0 – 20 meters.


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