Beach and rock rig 10 – Small shark

Northern target species

Small shark and other toothy critters!

Southern target species

Small shark and other toothy critters!

Popular baits

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

Fishing method

The small shark rig is designed to target smaller sharks to 40kg and other assorted toothy critters such as large tailor and mackerel. Most of the smaller shark species are excellent sport and quite good eating when taken care of. Cast the baited rig out into the desired location and 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. 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

Swivels – Medium sized 2 to large sized 2/0 rolling, box, barrel or crane, all swivels should be the same size or the running swivel slightly smaller!

Hook – 2 x Medium sized 4/0 to large sized 8/0 snelled suicide, or chemically sharpened, thick gauge such as Mustad big gun‘s.

Leader – Nylon coated wire 40 – 80lb breaking strain.

Sinker – As light as conditions allow size 4 – 8 ball, bean, star, spoon, snapper or grapnel.

Cork – A wine cork should be connected to the wire trace around 4 – 6 inches from the bait and allows the bait to enticingly waft around with a more natural appearance. Slice the wine cork down to the centre long ways and place the wire into the slit, now tape the cork up with red electrical tape ensuring that both ends are slightly covered. Finishing the final wrap with very little pressure and slicing the tape off with a sharp knife will keep it from unraveling during use.

Bead – Prevents the running swivel from sticking to the top swivel knot.

Casting distance

0 – 50 meters, this rig casts best with larger, whole baits.


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