Author: Bullbuster Team
Getting Your Live Bait Deeper
1) Down Rigger - A downrigger is a great tool to fish your live bait deep. Most downriggers are fished out of a rod holder, over have a special mount for your boat. The downriggers uses a reel using either cable or braided fishing line (see using braid for your downrigger) connected to a LARGE weight, usually several Lbs. This allows you to bring a bait to a specified depth and keep it there even when the boat is in gear. The bait is connected to the downrigger using a clip that releases when the fish has hit.
2) Butt Hook - But hooking a bait is a good way to get a bait to go deep without any weight. The idea is that if you hook a bait on their underside closer to their tail then to the center of their belly, they will swim down on their own, without you having to use a weight. This method usually works to get a bait to go down, however, you usually have very little control as to what depth that bait swims at.
3) Rubber Banded Egg Sinker - The rubber band and egg sinker combo is a great way to turn a flat lined (east coast) or fly line (west coast) bait into a ‘mid-bait’ or bait that swims in the middle of the water column. No swivel or re-rigging of your rod is needed. Simply let your line out a few yards, and then loop it and stick that loop through the egg sinker placing the rubber band through the loop as a stopper so that when you try to pull the line back through the weight it won’t fit. (If you don’t know what an egg sinker is, see types of fishing leads)
4) Knocker Rig - The knocker rig is a type of bottom fishing rig that uses an egg sinker. To get more see how to rig for bottom fishing. (If you don’t know what an egg sinker is, see types of fishing leads)
5) Rubber Banded Bank Sinker - Another way to use a rubber band and weight to get your live bait to go deep is to use a rubber band and a bank sinker (If you don’t know what a bank sinker is, see types of fishing leads). This method is often used for night time swordfishing, but can be used for a number of other applications as well. Simply connect the rubber band to the bank sinker then wrap the rubber band 3-4 times around your monofilament fishing line and then loop your bank through the rubber band and pull tight, this will connect your bank sinker to your monofilament and reduce its slide up and down the line. An advantage of connecting a weight with a rubber band is that it can easily be disconnected when the fish is getting close, reducing the danger of a swinging lead from a green fish.
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