RIG

Sea Angler (UK) - - Boat Angler -

The tried and tested run­ning leger is the per­fect rig for both up­tide and down­tide fish­ing for thorn­backs.

Start with a boom slid­ing on ei­ther the main­line or leader, fol­lowed by a bead that acts as a buf­fer, and then a small, strong, swivel. At­tach the hook­length to the other side of the swivel. This should be around 3-6ft of 50-80lb monofil­a­ment line.

Thorn­back rays do not have teeth, but they do have in­cred­i­bly strong, crush­ing jaws de­signed for deal­ing with crabs and shell­fish, which will make short work of thin monofil­a­ment. Their round shape means they of­fer con­sid­er­able re­sis­tance in a run of tide, which can re­sult in in­ad­e­quate hook­lengths snap­ping.

De­pend­ing on the type and size of bait, the hook­length should ter­mi­nate in ei­ther a sin­gle hook or a Pen­nell rig (two hooks in tan­dem). Hooks such as Sakuma 545 Manta Ex­tra in size 4/0 to 6/0 are per­fect.

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