Fresh water rig 11 – Lure casting and trolling

Northern target species

Barramundi, Saratoga, sooty grunter, perch, catfish and most of the more aggressive, northern fresh water species.

Southern target species

Trout, perch, cod, and most of the more aggressive, southern fresh water species.

Popular baits

No bait necessary!

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 fresh water environments. Lure choice and retrieval is a key factor when casting and trolling lures in Australia’s fresh water systems!

Terminal tackle used

Main lines – Nylon or braided 4 – 30lb breaking strain. Thick, heavy lead lines are also used to give lures extra depth but do take most of the sporting ability away from the fish.

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

Lures – Metal slices and spoons, spinner baits, celta’s, Tassie devils, hard bodied, soft plastic, 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.

Lead keels – Are often used in between two swivels to give lures extra depth.

Casting distance

20 – 80 meters, most lures cast further on light spin tackle and more accurately on bait casting outfits.


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