KNOTS & RIGS
You’re only as strong as the weakest link in your tackle. Here’s a growing reference to help you ensure your skills AND repertoire are robust.
TACKLE TWEAK — Live Bait Stinger Rig
Putting out a live bait is one of the most effective ways to fish, especially when you add a stinger! Rigging it correctly is imperative for success, so here’s a step-by-step showing you what to do.
This rig is typically fished with the reel in gear and strike drag set.
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YOU WILL NEED:
- leader material of your choice
- octopus hook
- treble hook
- OPTIONAL multi-strand or knot-able wire (or single strand).
As an alternative, the stinger line can be made from multi-strand or single-strand wire to prevent bite-offs from toothy critters.
Snell or snood front hook to leader, leaving a long enough trailing tag to tie on a suitable treble hook. Ensure that the stinger line between the two hooks is long enough to allow slight slack, so that your bait can “swim” and isn’t going to be bent.
Attach a treble to the long “tag end” of your snell knot, using a half blood, uni knot (or similar).
Insert the forward (snelled) single hook through both jaws of your live bait.
Insert one tine of the treble into its belly, just ahead of, or behind, the anal fin.