Discussion of sea fishing rigs, clip down, wishbone, up and over, flapper and long distance rigs.
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Bearing in mind that coarse anglers catch very big carp with size 4 hooks, my mate never uses anything but size 2 Aberdeens and he has caught bass up to 8 lbs and codling up to 5lbs this year with them. There is a load of baloney talked about hook sizes and you will probably see some of it on here. I use size 1 Aberdeens for everything except sole for which I use long shank size 4's to make sure I don't miss them. The only time I use anything bigger is when I go wreck fishing when I swap over to 3/0's.
Of course Andy as Eccles has said that's complete baloney- You must surely be mistaken in using such baloney tactics that successfully landed you and your mate kev some decent codling at Orford ( photographs of which you posted) . Instead of using baloney techniques with big hooks and big baits what you really need is a size 16 hook with half a lugworm on it because the scent from that half a lug will attract all the fish in the sea including the biggies- cod, dab, bass, Gt white shark you name it you'll get it- you could easily winch a 15lb cod through the East Coast surf or up the pier using small Aberdeens without the hook bending straight and would probably catch far more than you have done already.ANDYT63 wrote:Personally I`m using 3/0`s and BIG baits at the mo in a vain attempt to fish through the whiting and pout. Not succeeding. Even dabs swallow a 3/0.
Bearing in mind that coarse anglers catch very big carp with size 4 hooks (but more often than not sit for many hours not doing so) and do not have to fish through millions of smaller fish that get the bait first and completely swallow the hook.
I am simply trying to aviod the smaller fishes, avoid killing fish that swallow hooks and give myself a chance at something decent.
While some people are happy to catch and half kill every tadpol and guppy in the sea, I am not.