spangos rigs

 hey everyone just got back from the gassy and had a ball chasing spangos again.. was wondering if anyone has tips with rigs fishing over reefs? was using the old ball sinker rigs with hoodlum hooks and found that to help with not getting snags as mutch


anyone have any tips for fishing shallow water stuff on reefs. im all ears to stop losing gear haaha. on a side note heaps of 45 50cm ones and got railed by a pb would have been 70 had it jumping out the water. (gives you a tip on how shallow i was fishing) all great fun on the old alvey haha

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Maybe try a large wooden "blob" with

Thu, 2024-04-04 14:55

 say 1 - 1.5m of 80lb mono (depending how shallow you fishing over reef),  large circle hook, big bit of squid. Maybe a small ball sinker at top of  hook to make bait drop straight down from blob. Good fish there. They up there with my fav eating fish. Amd yep gotta love the alvey reel

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 That's exactly what we use

Thu, 2024-04-04 15:02

 That's exactly what we use up north just a running ball sinker to hook. 


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 im getting em in knee deep

Thu, 2024-04-04 15:23

 im getting em in knee deep water man i was thinking maybe a cork and some split shots.

i was using 30lb mono then 60lb leader about 70 80cms with a 15gram ball sinker and like 4 5/0 hoodlum worked well but still losing 4 5 rigs a night to snags then 2 or 3 to fish they go hard in that shallow reef my alvey finger looked like i hacked at it with a knife by the time i was at the end of my trip haha

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Flatten the sinker

Thu, 2024-04-04 15:59

 Makes it easy to plane up on retrieve helping to avoid snags and stops it rolling into holes 

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Spoon sinkers tend to plain up

Thu, 2024-04-04 16:11

 on retrieve try that -  similar to what sunshine is saying above

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Blob with heavy mono leader that is half "knee deep water" long

Thu, 2024-04-04 16:15

 big circle hook and lump of squid  

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6/0 or 7/0 hook

Thu, 2024-04-04 16:34

 6/0 tarpon or suicide hook, big lump of mullet fillet bait casted out as far as you can then leave it sit and wait till the fish picks it up otherwise its going to snag up every time. If the wind is in your face then a big ball or bean sinker running right down to the hook. No trace, straight on the end of your main line

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 we found the smallier baits

Thu, 2024-04-04 19:06

 we found the smallier baits eg half a poddy or whiting  fished better because they were picky around the moon. and i reken because they got a smallier mouth then most demercals you need a smallier but stronger hook. but deffs mullet id be using it again for em 

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Let us know if you try

Mon, 2024-04-08 07:31

Let us know if you try anything different and how you go. I fish shallow water for big spangoes up here in exxy using same rig as most have noted above. ~60-80lb leader with a small running ball sinker to a single size 6 black magic KL hook. I use whatever I can catch as bait including whiting, gardies, longtom, dart etc and find a decent bait keeps the charlie courts away. I previously caught occys and used their legs but cant keep the charlie court off them! 

As Caranrvonite said, I cast it and retrieve the slack and then try not to move it to avoid snags. Some places, snags are just unavoidable but I think!