Estuary rig 5 – Double paternoster

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 double Paternoster rig is designed to be fished whilst holding onto the fishing outfit and also works well when set into a holder. It is extremely productive for casting long distance or fishing deeper water for a variety of small to medium sized 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! Small to medium sized three way swivels may also be used in place of dropper loops for added strength although bulky terminal tackle can often spook fussy species.

Terminal tackle used

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

Top hook – Small sized 6 to medium sized 1 ganged hooks 4 per set.

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

Leader – Nylon or fluoro carbon 20 – 40lb breaking strain.

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

Casting distance

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


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