Which rig is best used at the end of the snapper business? That is a question that often arises when sharp anglers are discussing their desires. Some people choose the ledger rig while others prefer the rig that runs where the trail sits under the sinker.
One day, one rig will outperform the other, but there are good reasons for this and that depends on boat movements and water movement. The setup dynamics of an intruder can be changed according to conditions.
For example, if a boat swings in a ledger anchor rig with a sink at the bottom under several hooks on the loop, or a pre-bound flasher rig, it can be pulled away from the bottom where the snapper is usually found. . In this case the absorbent above the swivel with the trace below and the hook at the end will ensure the bait remains hard at the bottom.
The same applies in strong currents. Conversely, when the surface is silent and the current is low, the ledger will often produce better results. But the trick is to have the lowest possible hook.
When binding a ledger, the bottom loop must be right above the sinker so that the hook will fall down, and the next hook must be as close as possible without the loop to meet and tie the hook.
The pre-bonded flasher rig with a colored flasher on the hook often has a lower hook too far above the sinker but this is easily fixed by shortening it, and re-binding the sinker.
Hooks on ledgers must be recursive hooks, while octopus or suicide models are usually tied to the end of a long trail. The rule of thumb with traces, or running a rig, is the stronger the current, the longer the trail.
With a long footprint of several meters the recurve hook can also be used because it basically allows the fish to associate themselves, and with the bait spinning in a strong current the bite may not be felt until the fish is hooked.
This action continues along the east coast off the coast of Leigh, Pakiri and Mangawhai with schools of bait fish, birds and snapper. The Worm Beds began to glow with many bait fish appearing, including jack mackerel.
But the best results for big fish still come from deeper deeper water where work-up is in full swing. There are fish both along the eastern Kawau cable line, and north of Tiri Matangi Island continue to produce.
One example of the old adage & # 39; & # 39; fish your feet first & # 39; & # 39; come from Kawakawa Bay this week, where an experienced fisherman paddles out in the canoe before dawn and fishes in the middle of the bay. He always uses light tackles that are not weighed with pilchards for bait, and the only complaint is that the snapper is "slightly on the big side" because he prefers fish 1kg to 2kg for filleting. As soon as the sun rises, the fish disappear.
The Manukau Harbor has improved with snapper appearing in the inner channel, and the long trail works well in strong currents. Even some big snappers are captured every summer by local anglers who issue large baits such as mullet fillets or mullet heads on very long tracks.
The only problem is that sharks also like such bait. Seashells in port are in top condition, and beds off Clark Beach are very popular.
Outside the west coast is shooting, which is normal for this season. Without a clear structure such as the coral lining the east coast, fishermen mark their fishing grounds with depth, which is a gentle gradient. Anywhere from 50 to 60 meters seems to be the most productive water.
Kahawai is common in many areas, and can be associated with drifting and floating bait, or bait casting and jigs. These fish are very valuable in Australia where they are called salmon because of their similarity with trout and salmon, but they are not related. In this country we have slandered kahawai in the past, but this species has become more valued because people realize it makes good food and bait.
Is it prepared as raw fish, smoked or in pie there is nothing wrong with kahawai on the table.
Windy conditions affected fishing on Lake Rotorua last weekend but all methods now produce good fish. Jigging in Hauparu Bay on Lake Rotoiti has increased and must continue to be improved when the water is warm, while biting at the southern end of Lake Okataina and Tarawera is getting better.
On Lake Taupo all signs are a good start to the smelting season. Trout is still deep, and they are fishing for jigs and downriggers to report fish at 30-40 meters. Catching fish in the mouth of a river must be good with new moons and dark nights.
Tip this week
Old salted dogs like to remind people: "Always keep the bait. You can do this by lifting the stick and dropping it, or removing more lines in strong currents; and always use fresh bait. Change regularly."
More fishing action can be found at GTTackle.co.nz.
The bite time is 2.50am and 3.15pm tomorrow and 3.40am and 4.05pm on Sunday.