Shallow water offshore rig 6 – Baitcasting

Northern target species

Bream, flathead, trevally, mangrove jack, queen fish, emperor, salmon, barramundi, cat fish, and most of the mid to large sized, northern offshore species.

Southern target species

Bream, flathead, trevally, tarwhine, yellow tail king fish, mulloway, pink snapper, john dory, salmon, tailor and most of the mid to large sized, southern offshore species.

Popular baits

Freshly cut fish strips, whole squid, white/blue sardines, pilchards and small bait fish like mullet, mackerel, and gar fish.

Fishing method

The bait casting rig is designed to present the bait in a natural, free falling fashion 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 fishing 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 or slowly drop back and allow the rig to slowly sink down to where they are. This is an extremely productive technique when used in conjunction with a berley trail of chicken laying pellets or minced fish! For larger, toothy species such as Spanish mackerel or large tailor try snelling 3 – 4 hooks to some nylon coated wire of around 40 – 80lb in breaking strain. These snells can later be heated with a flame to melt the nylon coating and is referred to as lock welding. Halco produce an excellent nylon coated wire named lock weld! Make sure the first and last hook of the rig are smaller than the middle one or two and that the swivel is just in front of the bait, this way the fish will not see the wire. A small ball or bean sinker can be placed between the first hook and the swivel to help keep baits deeper during rough conditions. Using slightly smaller hooks that will not expose hook points from the bait will prevent snagging and allow anglers to prospect areas of shallow turbulent water that big tailor seem to frequent. Using bait cotton to wrap baits securely will ensure they last much longer! Always remember to wait until the fish has your bait securely before striking!

Terminal tackle used

Swivel – Medium sized 2 rolling, barrel or crane.

Hook – Medium sized 4/0 – 9/0 ganged hooks 4 per set or snelled suicide pattern.

Leader – Nylon or fluoro carbon 30 – 80lb breaking strain.

Sinker – As light as conditions allow size 0 – 4 ball, split shot, barrel or bean..

Depth range

0 – 30 meters.


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