Sea Angler (UK) - - BOAT ANGLER | SPECIES -

The tra­di­tional rig for catch­ing coal­fish afloat is the fly­ing col­lar or var­i­ous ver­sions of it. This con­sists of ei­ther a long, wire French Boom (shown be­low) or a plas­tic tube boom slid­ing on the main­line or leader, fol­lowed by a bead, and end­ing in a small, high-qual­ity swivel.

The hook­length is tied to the other end of this swivel, and is usu­ally clear monofil­a­ment of around 20-30lb be­tween 8-12ft in length. The lure is tied to the end of this.

If us­ing mod­ern spin­ning tackle, as de­scribed, above the lure, typ­i­cally, a weighted shad is tied di­rectly to the end of the leader, dropped straight down to the bot­tom and wound back up through the en­tire water col­umn with a steady re­trieve.

When fish­ing for coal­fish over reefs, some an­glers still use strings of up to six feath­ers, or their var­i­ous mod­ern equiv­a­lents, such as Hokkai lures. These are fished ei­ther baited or un­baited, and can catch huge num­bers of fish, but pro­vide lit­tle in the way of sport.

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