RYA Pocket Guide to Sea Fishing Rigs
by James O'Donnell
Reviewed in SAILING March 2010:
There is no doubt that many fishermen would be happy to have this water-proofed, pocket-sized, plastic, flip-over page guide on their bookshelves or, in certain instances, near their tackle box.
But if your idea of fishing is offshore locally from a ski boat or yacht, or from the rocks or beaches found along most of our coast line, then your rigs will perhaps need to be a bit more robust than most of those described.
The rigs have names such as Bubble Float, Portland Float, Rotten Bottom Rig, Flatfish Rig Trace, Uptide Rig, Pennel Rig Snood, and Running Ledger Rig. So you get the drift. The names tend to suggest it is a rather gentle sport. Most of it was wasted on me. My limited fishing terminology is rather different, and my methods are a bit cruder - which perhaps accounts for my lack of success.
The targets in the main are bass, garfish, mackerel, pollack, bream, cod, dogfish, flatfish, rays, whiting, wrasse, and of course, among that lot are some potentially very large fish - but the only additional advice is to simply use a larger hook and heavier line for those.
So, take in the tips (the colour diagrams are good), find a suitable stretch of water and, well - stywe lyne!
Price: (South African Rands): R 120
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Book ID (for ordering): 2605