CUT BAITS FOR LEDGER RIGS

New Zealand Fishing World - - How To -

Ap­pli­ca­tion Any snap­per-fish­ing sit­u­a­tion but par­tic­u­larly well suited to deeper wa­ter - 50-me­tres plus – and ar­eas of high cur­rent.

Equip­ment

1 x fresh or frozen skip­jack tuna

2 x hooks – sized to match the width of the pilchard (6/0 usu­ally a good choice)

6 – 8 foot trace – 60 to 80-lb stiff trace

Sinkers sized to match the fish­ing cir­cum­stances A

sharp knife

Scis­sors or clip­pers to trim trace

Step one Pre­pare a ledger rig us­ing stiffer trace than nor­mal. Stiff trace helps pre­vent the hooks from tan­gling around the main line.

Step two Cut two an­gled wedges of skip­jack tuna, as demon­strated.

Step three Trim any ex­cess flesh from the pieces. The pur­pose is to en­sure the bait size is well matched to the hook’s gape.

Step four Pass the first hook all the way through a bait - start on the flesh side and pull the hook and its eye com­pletely clear of bait on the skin side.

Step five Push the point of the hook back through the bait so that the hook sits neatly against the skin side with the hook point and barb ex­posed on the flesh side of the bait.

Step six Re­peat the process with the sec­ond hook and the other bait. The fi­nal re­sult should like the im­age here­abouts.

Step seven Add the cor­rect weight sinker to the bot­tom and of the ledger and you are ready to catch fish.

NOTE The skip­jack ledger rig is ar­guably the most ver­sa­tile setup in any fish­er­man’s arse­nal. It is eas­ily down­sized to tar­get ter­ak­ihi or up­sized for ha­puka and bluenose.

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