Shallow water offshore rig 2 – Large running sinker

Northern target species

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

Southern target species

Flathead, mulloway, yellow tail king fish, pink snapper, gummy shark, salmon and most of the larger, southern offshore species.

Popular baits

Fresh cut, whole or live bait fish such as mullet, mackerel, whiting and pilchards along with squid, crabs and octopus all make excellent baits for this rig.

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 either hold onto or place the fishing outfit into a secure position. Larger outfits used with this rig are often too heavy for an angler to hold onto for extended periods of time and should be placed securely into rod holders. Reels need to be set to alarm an angler of a run and this can be easily achieved with overhead reels by engaging their ratchet.  Spin reels do not often have this luxury unless they are a bait runner variety and backing the reels drag down has proven to be a popular technique. All the angler has to do now is time their strike!

Terminal tackle used

Swivel – Medium sized 2 to large sized 2/0 rolling, barrel or crane.

Hook – Medium sized 3/0 to large sized 9/0 suicide, ganged or chemically sharpened, thick gauge such as Mustad big gun‘s.

Leader – Nylon or fluoro carbon 40 – 100lb breaking strain.

Sinker – As light as conditions allow size 4 – 8 ball, bean or barrel.

Depth range

0 – 30 meters.


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