Use as little weight as you can to get into the strike zone Stay in touch with your bait at all times Keep the hook points well clear of the bait. For shallow water wash fishing (casting into the surging water around rocky headlands) you can’t beat straylining. Likewise, an unweighted bait cast out into a well-established berley trail can be one of the most exciting ways to catch snapper. Straylining is a very effective method for fishing big baits for big fish and the bait feeder type function on some reels is a perfect match for this style of fishing. Straylining suits both anchored or drifting boats and is probably the best way to fish from rocks.