FISHING RIGS – FISHING CAIRNS
The following illustrations are fairly well all-purpose, but for tropical waters we strongly suggest that a 35-45lb mono leader be used prior to attaching a lure. If you are going after fish like mackerel, it is also a good idea to use black wire and swivels.
For lure fishing simply attach the lure to the end of the line, but don’t use a swivel.
When bait fishing it is far more productive to use a float that breaks loose when hit.
Lines are 3kg (6lb) and hooks are No 2, No 1, or 1/0. The trace should be as long as is manageable in order to tempt timid fish to bite. 1.3m is a good length.
For bottom fishing the line should be 10-30kg (20-60lb) depending on the size of the fish being targetted and the roughness of the bottom coral. Hooks need to be 5/0 to 8/0 and attached with a Surgeon’s End Loop.
4-5kg (8-10lb) line and No 2 or No 1 hook.
For lure fishing simply attach the lure to the end of the line without a swivel.
For trolling simply attach the lure to the end of the line without a swivel.
For bait fishing the lines are 6-10kg (12-20lb) and 2/0 to 5/0 hooks.
Deep waters are best fished with a handlines. Use 20-40kg (40-80lb) line and 5/0 to 8/0 hooks.
This document is Chapter 2 of Grant’s Guide – Fishing Knots & Rigs by Ern Grant, and is reproduced with the permission of Herron Publications Pty Ltd, Fortitude Valley, Queensland. Ph: (07) 3257 1711 Fax: (07) 3257 1686.