Estuary rig 7 – Small float

Northern target species

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

Southern target species

Bream, luderick, gar fish, mullet, trevally, tarwhine, leather jacket, drummer, salmon, herring, tailor and most of the smaller, southern estuary species.

Popular baits

Small, freshly cut pieces of fish or prawn, bread and doe mixes and freshly gathered green, string or cabbage weed.

Fishing method

The small float rig is designed to target a wide variety of smaller estuarine species that inhabit mid water columns. Float fishing is a very visual and exciting form of angling that is not only very productive but also extremely entertaining. Small quill floats are generally used to target gar fish and mullet with the larger stem floats designed for luderick, drummer, mullet and occasionally bream. Quill floats can be fished as a fixed rig that lays flat on the waters surface before standing upright and submerging during a take where as stem floats are generally fished as a running rig allowing the float to sit close to the swivel and bait during casting before settling to a set depth once in the water. Most floats should only just float with neutral buoyancy to prevent fish from feeling their pressure during a take.  Lubricating main lines with Vaseline also helps the line to float and increases hook up rates considerably! Always remember to wait until the fish has your bait securely before striking!

Terminal tackle used

Float – Small to medium sized quill or stem style.

Swivel – Small size 8 – 12 rolling, barrel or crane.

Hook – Small sized 6 – 12 bait holder, suicide, fine wire or long shank.

Leader – Nylon or fluoro carbon  4 – 10lb breaking strain.

Sinker – As light as conditions allow size 0 – 1 ball, split shot, barrel or bean.

Dental floss or float stopper – This sets the depth of a stem float and prevents the float from running up the line.

Small bead or button – This prevents the float stopper or dental floss knot from passing through the float.

Casting distance

10 – 40 meters, this rig casts best with spin or side cast tackle.


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