Estuary rig 3 – Single paternoster, light

Northern target species

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

Southern target species

Bream, whiting, flathead, trevally, tarwhine, leather jacket, mulloway, salmon, herring, tailor and most of the smaller, southern estuary species.

Popular baits

Fresh prawns, cut fish strips or cubes, white/blue sardines, cut squid and octopus, small cut or whole crabs, shelled cockles, blood or beach worms.

Fishing method

The light Paternoster rig is designed to be fished whilst holding onto the fishing outfit and is extremely productive for casting long distance or fishing deeper water for a variety of smaller species.  Simply cast the baited rig out into the desired location, wait until it settles onto the sea floor and wait for a bite. Always remember to wait until the fish has your bait securely before striking! Most light rigs should be constructed with as little terminal tackle as possible, making them less visible to fish.

Terminal tackle used

Swivel – Small size 2 to medium sized 8 rolling, barrel or crane.

Hook – Small sized 8 to medium sized 2/0 suicide, ganged, long shank or bait holder.

Leader – Nylon or fluoro carbon 10 – 30lb breaking strain.

Sinker – As light as conditions allow size 1 – 4 star, spoon, snapper or tear drop.

Casting distance

0 – 80 meters, this rig casts best with smaller, lighter baits.


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