Strayline Fishing Rig – Running Fishing Rig

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The main idea or concept of the strayline fishing rig (or running rig) is to present the bait in a very natural way. This allows the bait to cover a larger area as it drifts about enticing scavenger fish species to feed.  The rig is amazingly effective to target species like Snapper, Whiting, Bream and Flathead in coastal waters. With a light weighted sinker the strayline rig can also be highly effective in fishing areas with rocky or reef laden ocean floor. Keep clear of any snags by positioning your bait just above the snags.

The typical strayline fishing rig consists of a sinker threaded onto the mainline above a swivel, with a trace line leading to a hook.  Some prefer a slight variation by not having a swivel and allowing the sinker to run between a keeper knot and the all the way down to the hook. Although these two variations do not differ in effectiveness, there seem to be a slight improvement in the angler’s ability to feel fish action around their bait when a swivel is not present.

Strayline Fishing Rig Assembly

Strayline Rig

To assemble a strayline rig, use about 1 meter of trace and attach both the keeper & hooks using a snell knot. The target specie should dictate the leader ( typical 60 to 80lb) and the hook rating and size. The last step involves running a small ball sinker down on top of the keeper hook then attach the rig to your mainline using a swivel. Make these knots using a uni or clinch knot.

As a rule, keep the sinker as small as possible to enable the angler to make a suitable cast and take the bait down to the ocean floor. This rig is less known then the ledger, but in many scenarios, a much more effective fishing rig.