I have decided to try a bit of livebaiting the seaway after a long absence so I thought I'd take a look at the rig I use and see if it can be improved.
The old rig consists of a standard 2 hook rig(Gamakatsu Octopus Black 3/0 - 7/0) on a metre long 30-50lb trace this is tied to a swivel then I place a 5mm bead on the upside of the swivel then its tied to a 5 m long shock leader of 40lb then tied onto 50lb braid. Next part is a sinker(1-4 oz) on a 1.5m long trace of 12lb mono tied to a clip. This clip is then attached above the bead.
First up I'm adding a high quality clip (shogun size 3 rated to 80lb) just below the bead, this will enable me to change traces easily as the traces are already premade. So if the trace gets abraded or the bottom hook gets cut off I'll just unclip it and add a new trace in about 10 seconds. Secondly related to the problem of getting cut off which is quite common due to the large tailor that frequent the area, I'll be adding a short wire trace between the first and second hook, this will be a limited trial to see if it has any effect on the hookup and retention rate. If it scares off the big jews then I may discontinue its use.
I'll be using two outfits. first one is a heavy outfit designed for use with 40cm+ livebaits and targeting sharks. Reel is a Daiwa Sealine LD50H loaded with 500m of 50lb Bionic Braid, Rod is a Shimano Backbone Rod rated to 20kg. Second outfit is a 7" Team Daiwa Advantage Medium Heavy rod rated to 8kg with 300m 20lb Bionic Braid, this one will be for small live baits, herring, small pike and small mullet.
Hi Craig I’m thinking of chasing Jew this Friday night and a friend at work told me go to wave break island to get pike, I haven’t caught pike before. Can pike be caught on deep sea jigs??? Also I heard they har been on the bite at the mouth near the northwall of the seaway. Thanks your help would be much appreciated
Nice catch Monday!
I was curious what reel you use with the 7? Team Daiwa Advantage Medium Heavy rod and would that be a good rig for fishing offshore when you need to cast into bait balls and things? or do you just use that for your live baits?
I need to buy a need rod and reel and was hoping you could piont me in the right direction.
Thanks once again for all your valuable tips and info.
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First of all thanks for your website, I am always checking it to see your
latest catches and techniques.
I’m really keen to try this live baiting you have been doing recently.
I’ve caught pike before, but only randomly. I know it’s a big ask, but if you could point in the right direction to pick up some pike I would really appreciate it.
Did you end up using the wire between the first and second hook, if so what size and how would you recommend me attaching them.
Sorry about all the questions any advice will be greatly appreciated.