Rigging the Dunes, Part 2
Here are a couple of tips you might find interesting or useful.
Most people use an attractor in front of their hook or hooks when rigging.
I like to put a bead or float in front to the hook for other reasons than an attractor. I use the attractor to keep my bait, especially leeches out of the sand.
If you see sand on your line and hook above your bait, move the bead or attractor up on the line an inch or two. The attractor seems to catch more current when there is a space between the attractor and the hook rather than impacted by the weight of the hook.
I believe the bait has more opportunity to waft in the current, thus attracting less sand or crud.
Use a bobber stop to keep the bead in place unless you are running your line through the bead to place it where you want.
You can do the same for your float, which will help lift your leech or crawler and make it more attractive as it moves through the water.
I find the space between the hook and the attractor is very important when using hooks smaller than a #6. The hook is far enough away that it can find its way into the flesh without being impacted by the bead, float or size of bait.
Lastly, in a two hook set up, there are some other nuances that you might consider. Place a swivel above the first hook and between the first and last hook. The swivel takes out the twist and will add drag to the line to slow down the effects of current. This will keep the bait moving about slower as the swivel catches the bottom.
I space my first and second hook about four feet apart. I feel this gives me good coverage and not too cumbersome to fish effectively.
Many times the fish is caught on the top hook.
When we think about fishing the dunes, I often feel the weight is in a different groove, the middle hook is riding in the groove and the fish has yet to see the last hook.
If the fish are negative, they might not hit the first bait, but will hit the second. Even if the bait is four feet apart, you often find both hooks in the fish, telling you they are opportunistic.
Changing the size of bait is also helpful. I try to keep the front hook with a smaller bait than the back hook. I don’t know if this works or not but I am a creature of habit at times.
Last, I use older Series One rods from Berkley in the 8′-6 length, medium light action. I just like the way the rod reacts to the weight and the feel of the bite.
I guess I use a lot of long leaders when rigging and the added rod length helps with the hook set. Give these tips a try when you have an opportunity to rig the dunes.