This time I will explain how to make up a very basic running leger. This has several advantages - one is that fish such as Lubina (Sea Bass) like to run with the bait before actually taking it and this rig leaves some free line to do so. If the fish sense something is not right they may drop the bait before being hooked. It also tends to attract eels and rays as well as a variety of other species as the bait is presented well away from the weight and does not spook the fish in the clear waters.
Materials required for this rig.
1 Soft Bead
1 Tube Weight 60 Grams to 120 Grams
1 Snood with Between 6 and 10 Hook Size
As long as you are using between 0.30 mm and 0.45 mm main line on your reel you can make this up on the shore directly onto your line. Take a tube weight with the plastic stalk facing your reel and thread it onto the line followed by a soft bead - this acts as a buffer when casting and retrieving. Next tie a swivel onto the end of the line with a tucked half blood knot then tie your hook length to the other end of the swivel. Leave your hook length as long as possible for the conditions at least 40 centimetres, more if conditions are very calm, this will allow the bait to float around in the water and be presented at its best.
If you want to construct your terminal tackle before your fishing trip all you have to do is cut a 40-centimetre length of 0.50 mm 15 Kg or 30Lbs line. Tie a swivel to one end of the line then thread a soft bead on followed by the tube weight and another soft bead then tie another swivel to the end. This allows you to carry several rigs already made up in your tackle box ready to attach to your main reel line. When connecting the rig to your main line do not forget to have the plastic stalk upwards facing the reel line, then you can tie your hook length on at the shore, the length determined by sea conditions. Experimentation with hook lengths is worthwhile and always try to make notes of where you were fishing, tackle used, fish caught, time of year and sea condition. You will then build up a record of every venue and know what works best when you return.
The stalk on the tube weight means that when you retrieve your line the stalk lifts the bomb shaped weight up and away from the bottom. This is very good for fishing over heavier ground where rock and weed are prevalent. This terminal tackle is suitable for medium distance casting and also closer in off rocks where the water is of a medium depth.
On the subject of knots I use the tucked half blood knot for most terminal tackle connections as it has great strength and does not tend to snag on weed easily
To tie the tucked half blood knot pass the free end of the line through the eye of the equipment you are connecting the line to. Take the free end back and tuck it under the line then bring the end over to form a loop, continue looping the end around the line four or five times. Bring the end back and pass it between the eye and the first loop then wet it with saliva and pull tight and trim the end off.
Knots are something every angler needs to know and in the future we will cover this subject in greater detail.
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