Floater Rig

Could I please get some opinions, and maybe criticism, on the rig I use with a float?

That is just a normal line (not a leader) running down from the float, connected to the two trace leaders, one halfway down and one at the bottom and the smallest sinker possible to keep it down

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 What are you trying to

Mon, 2017-10-16 09:40

 What are you trying to catch?

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I use that rig to essentially

Mon, 2017-10-16 10:02

I use that rig to essentially just throw off coogee jetty and see what happens. I just fish and see what I catch. Mostly its herring and silver bream, but last night I caught silver snapper, butterfish and a 30ishcm trumpeter at the same place (not using that rig though)

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 I'd ditch the wire.  If just

Mon, 2017-10-16 11:15

 I'd ditch the wire.  If just general surface fishing and you want to have something floating out there in a similar configuration, i'd be more inclined to have a float on main line, to a 3-way swivel, and then 15cm line with hook on side eye of 3-way, and 30-40cm line with hook off the bottom eye of 3-way swivel.  Try a split pea sinker if you want to weight the bait down a bit.  Mix it up and throw small gang hooks on the longer line for a chance at some tailor during summer.  Uni knot is all you need to know.

We all learn by giving things a go an experimenting.  There's not right or wrong.  Have a look and see what others are doing and learn from those who are catching.  Keep things as simple as possible, that way there's less to go wrong.

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 Whats a silver snapper or do

Mon, 2017-10-16 12:15

 Whats a silver snapper or do you mean juvenile snapper

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The little silver ones that

Mon, 2017-10-16 14:17

The little silver ones that look a bit like silver bream and are a similar size (but not silver bream). Could be juvenile, I don't know.

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Tarwine

Mon, 2017-10-16 16:17

Look like round nosed bream  

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Could well be, I'm the first

Mon, 2017-10-16 20:58

Could well be, I'm the first to admit I'm new to fishing. I only thought they were snapper because the fisherman I was with when I first caught one said they were small snapper.

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? Using wire ....for what

Mon, 2017-10-16 10:01

 using swivels to attach hooks isn't the best, learn to snood them and avoid the wire unless chasing spaniards or. Sharks 

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Ah ok thanks sunshine. I

Mon, 2017-10-16 10:07

Ah ok thanks sunshine. I thought those trace leaders were too good to be true since they were so easy. I can snood hooks anyway so I'll attach them like that instead. So just tie on a normal leader line at the same points the traces are at?

 

Edit: Is snood better than a uni knot for attaching hooks? I only snood when I'm attaching a couple of hooks on the same line and uni knot if I'm just tying on a hook normally. If snooding is better though I'll just use that from now on.

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if fishing at night

Mon, 2017-10-16 10:11

 i would get a float put a chem light (glow stick about 4cm long ) and then about 30cm of 40lb fluro carbon leader to a set of 3 gang hooks with a whole pilchard/mullie to the gang hooks throw it out and watch the glow stick hopefully you will see the float and glowstick go zipping through the water with a good tailor on the end of it . goodluck mate pm me if you need any more help with rigs etc 

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That sounds very hopeful from

Mon, 2017-10-16 10:15

That sounds very hopeful from what I've seen at Coogee haha, but I may as well rig that up on my surf rod next time I go there.

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Tie the hooks as per your preferred method

Mon, 2017-10-16 13:54

 Just avoid the wire and use mono or fluorocarbon and where you are fishing size 4 or 2 hooks .......would even consider a cigar style float which is more streamlined and needs less weight.  

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Tie the hooks as per your preferred method

Mon, 2017-10-16 13:54

 Just avoid the wire and use mono or fluorocarbon and where you are fishing size 4 or 2 hooks .......would even consider a cigar style float which is more streamlined and needs less weight.  

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Thanks. Re-tied at the same

Mon, 2017-10-16 21:00

Thanks. Re-tied at the same overall length, still with running float, and now running sinker and just one hook attached to a leader line.