Shallow water offshore rig 3 – Single paternoster

Northern target species

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

Southern target species

Flathead, trevally, mulloway, yellow tail king fish, pink snapper, trevally, salmon and most other medium to large, southern, offshore species.

Popular baits

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

Fishing method

The single Paternoster rig is designed to target a variety of medium to large species in various water depths. Simply cast or drop the baited rig 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. 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 – Small to medium sized 8 – 4 three way or cross line.

Hook – Medium sized 3/0 to large sized 8/0 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 2 – 12 snapper or tear drop.

Depth range

0 – 30 meters.


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