Head boat rig?

Head boat rig?




Went out on the Miss Hatteras last June; might do the same this June.

On the Full-day trip last year, bottom fishing produced lots of triggers. I can't remember what pound test line the rigs had. Wanted to take my own rig, and just wondering if I can get by with a chicken rig made up with 25 lb. test?


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Hey Buddy, been around a long time never heard the term chicken rig. On our Charter Boat fishing for Tiles, Sea Bass and Triggers we use a 6 1/2 foot Boat Rod capable of handling up to 24 oz sinkers (Tiles 300 feet deep) and Penn Gti 330 Levelwinds with 30 lbs test Braid. I don't know if that helps you. However, I can say that most of the time especially Triggers and Sea Bass are caught much shallower than 300' more like 150' and if you are anchored you can use as little as 8 to 10oz sinkers. Two 5/0 Octopus Circle hooks on dropper loops about 18 inches apart on 80 lbs test leader material. NO JEWELRY. Maybe a small snap swivel to attach Bottom rig to main line. Now reel retrieve ratio can make things a bit easier. Our reels are only 3 to 1. You might want to explore some fancy stuff with 5 or 6 to one. Unfortunately they do not hold up in heavy use.


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I should have said reasonably priced 6 to 1 do not hold up. Reasonable = under $150.. I had a PM that asked why we dont use Electric Reels. Simple answer " That's not Sportfishing". If we have to do Tiles over 325' we don't do it.


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Thanks, Pickle.

Yes, I remember the rig itself being very heavy line.

I was going to try to rig up 1/0 circle hooks on the dropper loops specifically for those trigger fish. That's why I wondered if I could get by with the 25 lb. test. I guess there are sharp areas on the reefs/wrecks and maybe that 25 lb. test is asking for trouble.

Also, it seems that we were in the 130' - 150' range last year...you nailed that one!

Planning on using a Shimano levelwind that is 4.3 to 1.


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Specifically Triggers do have a smaller mouth but 1/0 would be a bit small. I would go more with a 3/0. Sure 25lb Braid but I would use a 60 lbs Mono leader or rig about 2 feet long.


RE: Head boat rig?




Specifically Triggers do have a smaller mouth but 1/0 would be a bit small. I would go more with a 3/0. Sure 25lb Braid but I would use a 60 lbs Mono leader or rig about 2 feet long.

Pickle


Got it...and a big thank you for the advice!


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