yepi'mon wrote:Fished the 17m line between Black Rock and Ricketts last night with a bit of success.
Sounded up at 5.30pm around a mark we had some success a week and a half ago. Found what we thought looked like a nice tree about 400m of so anchored up around 6.00pm on the spot. Took us a few goes to anchor within 20m but in the end we ended up right on top of the mark which was great.
From about 6.00 till 8.30 we landed 5 snapper, the biggest 65cm, then a 63cm and downwards from there. Not crazy bites but consistent every half hour or so. Kept the burley up every 5-10 minutes (pilchard cubes and pellets) which I believe brought the fish to the area.
Interesting that we hooked a few fish on retrieval... straight after the first wind. It was almost as if they were sitting there watching the bait considering it.... then the slight movement got them to take.
Rigs used were double hooked running rig similar to the image below. Used size 1 and 2 ball sinkers cast straight out the back of the boat, retrieved every 10 minutes or so.
Baits were whole pilchards and silver whiting, both taken by the fish.
We had a snatcher style rig out but not one hit on it all afternoon.
We could have kept fishing but we were happy with what we had and decided to call it early.
Can the rig setup you have shown us be used for rock fishing or will it always get snagged or the running hook and sinker method won't work off the rocks?