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Posted: Tue Jul 27, 2010 8:30 pm
Ok I went fishing for a bit of crap over the weekend and had alot of fun and fish. When I was setting my gear up for the first time, I noticed the strange setup called the hair-rig.
After a day of use I noticed that the hair rig was very good for hooking fish in the upper lip. Now here is a question, has anyone tryed using a hair-rig in the sea? If anyone has, did this rig work well or did it have a few faults?
Ok here's a quick pic of my best fish :-)
Posted: Wed Jul 28, 2010 1:24 pm
Tried them last year for freelining bread for mullet. Worked very well as all three takes I had led to secure hookups and landed fish.
Not tried it with anything else yet but could be a good way of fishing limpits.
Posted: Wed Jul 28, 2010 1:40 pm
You need a bigger net ! ........ and an unhooking mat !
I will be experimenting with the hair rig for beach fishing over the coming months ......... I can't see any reason why it won't work as well for sea fish as it does for carp (although it's supposed to hook in the bottom of the mouth rather than the top lip).
It has previously been used for freelining livebaits etc. in the sea fishing environment but I can't see any reason why it wouldn't work for worm / crab baits.
Posted: Wed Jul 28, 2010 1:40 pm
OK I give up! What is a hair rig pls?
Posted: Wed Jul 28, 2010 1:45 pm
Basically it's a trace where the bait is threaded on a line attached below the hook rather than on the hook itself. It was devised for fish that suck the bait in (such as carp) and for using hard baits that would otherwise impede the hook point.
I would think it would be paticularly useful to avoid deep hooking flounders etc. but not so good for species such as bass that grab the bait on the move.
Posted: Wed Jul 28, 2010 2:15 pm
Posted: Wed Jul 28, 2010 2:18 pm
I would post a rig diagram Frank ........... but I don't know how !!
Posted: Wed Jul 28, 2010 4:41 pm
Here is a pic of a hair rig.
I didn't expect to catch anything as this was my first time that why a unhooking mat wasn't used and the net I borrowed from a friend.
Posted: Thu Jul 29, 2010 8:03 am
Thanks Fozzy, I take it that you thread the bait on the line below the hook. How far up do you place the bait? to just below the hook or "alongside" it?
Posted: Thu Jul 29, 2010 5:38 pm
Boxerman wrote:Thanks Fozzy, I take it that you thread the bait on the line below the hook. How far up do you place the bait? to just below the hook or "alongside" it?
The one shown has quite a long hair-the bait is threaded on a needle with a hook on the end,this is then used to pull the loop through the bait which is then held in place with a "hair stop" (small dumbell shaped piece of plastic) the bait being slid up to the stop. So the bait is clear of the hook,you can vary the length of the hair to place the bait nearer the hook or have a longer hair to cope with bigger/multiple baits if required.Not sure how it would cope with sea baits/hard casting as most carp baits are fairly solid and stay on well. Hope this helps,Cheers,Mick
Posted: Thu Jul 29, 2010 5:40 pm
Yeh I just filled that line but I dunno if that is what you are ment to do. I still caught fish tho.
Posted: Thu Jul 29, 2010 5:43 pm
fozzy9967 wrote:Yeh I just filled that line but I dunno if that is what you are ment to do. I still caught fish tho.
The main thing is that the hook point remains exposed to aid connecting with the fish. Mick