Boating NZ : FREE TO READ March 2014
flasher rigs, which are good choices in deep holes and areas with lots of current, or you can fish a traditional running rig with a couple of metres of trace so the bait wafts about near the bottom. Plastic booms and clip-on sinkers make it easy to snap on a lighter or heavier sinker to counter changes in current strength. Some people like using running rigs with long traces of up to several metres, believing the bait moves around more naturally and that fish feel little resistance when they bite, meaning they are less likely to reject the bait. Such a rig used to be called a picker’s doom because fish tended to hook themselves. The main disadvantage is that fish often swallow the hook, making release impossible. This is an important consideration for anglers in SNA1 region (East Cape to North Cape) as April 1 approaches with new size and bag limits for snapper. Dealing with a hooked fish on a long trace with the sinker at the rod tip and the fish still well out of reach of the net is a hassle; many fish are lost or broken off at this juncture – another reason I dislike long traces. There are times, though, when a running rig is better than a ledger/ flasher rig and it tends to take bigger fish. But rather than going for extra-long traces, use just a metre or two and attend to your rod so you can react to bites by striking before a fish can swallow the bait. Using circle/recurved hooks helps prevent gut-hooking, since they generally hook fish in the corner of the mouth. When you feel a bite, lower the rod tip until the line tightens and then smoothly lift the rod until it has a good bend in it, indicating the fish is hooked. Many anglers use two-hook rigs for this style of fishing, but a single “Channel fishing is best when the tide is running, with bites usually tapering off towards the top and bottom of the tide...” Harbour channels can produce good numbers of nice-sized snapper in summer. Whether you use monofilament nylon or PE braid is a personal choice, but use tackle that’s appropriate to the size of the fish you’re catching and the fishing style you are practising. subscribe online at www.mags4gifts.co.nz/boating-nz 107 Out of the Ocean_March14.indd 107 18/02/2014 9:53:53 a.m.
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