Beach & Rock: Small Running Sinker Rig

Northern target species

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

Southern target species

Bream, whiting, flathead, trevally, tarwhine, tailor, herring, leather jacket, mulloway, salmon and most of the smaller, southern beach and rock 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 the baited rig out 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, star, spoon or channel.

Casting distance

Medium 0 – 50 meters, this rig casts best with smaller, lighter baits.


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