Estuary rig 15 – Lure casting and trolling

Northern target species

Bream, whiting, flathead, trevally, mangrove jack, queen fish, emperor, salmon, barramundi, cat fish, sooty grunter, and most of the more aggressive, northern estuary species.

Southern target species

Bream, whiting, flathead, trevally, tarwhine, mulloway, salmon, herring, tailor and most of the more aggressive, southern estuary species.

Popular baits

No bait necessary for this rig!

Fishing method

The lure casting and trolling rig is designed to present artificial lures to fish in the most appealing and natural fashion possible and will account for a large number of species in most estuary environments. Lure choice and retrieval is a key factor when casting and trolling lures in Australia’s estuary systems!

Terminal tackle used

Main lines – Nylon or braided 4 – 30lb breaking strain.

Leaders – Fluoro carbon 4 – 80lb breaking strain joined to main line with Albrite or Tony Jones knot.

Lures – Metal slices, hard bodied, soft plastic, marabou jig, prawn style jig, surface and sub surface.

Clips – Ultra small, light lures should be attached to leaders with a loop knot to allow maximum movement and larger lures may be connected with the use of a wire snap or clip. The clip should be slightly smaller than the head of the lure used!

Swivels – Swivels are a must to eliminate line twist when trolling or casting spinning, metal lures. When casting connect a small, swivel to the split ring at the front of the lure and when trolling one or even two small swivels should be connected to the leader around 3” – 4” apart 12” from the lure.

Casting distance

20 – 80 meters, most lures cast best on light spin tackle.


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