Rigs, Equipment & bait

Conger Eel [CONGER CONGER]

Making a mackerel flapper for congers & sharks first lay mackerel on it side hold firm then push knife into belly until it goes through other side above the spine then slide knife down thro

Making a mackerel flapper for congers & sharks first lay mackerel on it side hold firm then push knife into belly until it goes through other side above the spine then slide knife down through tail always cut away from your self.

Second Turn Mackerel over hold firm then put knife in above spine and slide knife like step one

Second Turn Mackerel over hold firm then put knife in above spine and slide knife like step one. Then Pull spine out and cut off this allows the two sides to flap in the tide while releasing scent.

mackerel flapper ready to go with hook

mackerel flapper ready to go with hook.

one full side of mackerel works a treat

One full side of mackerel works a treat.

End tackle for congers

8/0 hooks de-barbed with a wide gape, tied to three or four feet of 200 to 300lb mono with 250lb class swivels on a running ledger is top on my list or a baited single 8/0 hook on a pirk. Remember to have a few different sizes of leads from 8oz to 16oz to keep you bait hard on bottom if tide picks up.

rods and reels

any good 30lb to 50lb out fit will do. load the reel with 80lb braid or 60lb mono.

Painted rays [raja microcellata]

Bait preparation and tips

When preparing sand eel first cut off its tail then cut the head through the eyes this will release the scent a lot faster than putting the sand eel on full. Thread the hook from tail to head then Wrap the bait tight with bait elastic this will help keep your bait straight when casting and helps stop your bait from being stripped by crabs and small fish.

Picture 6 a 125 gram impact lead with a half a peeler crab and a large sand eel on a size 4, o hook 

     125 gram impact lead with a half a peeler crab and a large sand eel on a size 4, o hook.

Preparing mackerel, first cut it into sand eel length strips then put the hook through the skin side about a quarter of a inch from the top.  The flesh should be then sitting on the back of the hook, wrap it as tight as you can with bait elastic. When this is done it should look like a sand eel and will have little wind resistance on long range casting. Don’t be afraid to mix different baits together like crab and sand eel cocktail and so on.

Picture 7 wrapped mackerel strip and sand eel ready for next cast

wrapped mackerel strip and sand eel ready for next cast.

When fishing for any rays make sure the tension in your reel is set, this will stop the rays from snapping your line or pulling your rod off the rod stand. At night a lot of anglers use rod tip lights, it is a good idea but when casting your line can get caught around them .I  prefer reflective tape on the tip of my rods instead of tip lights. These tapes can be bought in most tackle shops and with the light from your head torch they will light up and have no restriction when casting.

Picture 8 my rods at night with reflective tape

 my rods at night with reflective tape.

Picture 6 a 125 gram impact lead with a half a peeler crab and a large sand eel on a size 4, o hook

  large sand eel and peeler crab ready to be used.

 Check list

[1] Pulley rigs are a must.

[2]DELTA BEACHCASTER 13′ FIXED , a good reliable reel loaded with 15lb TF GEAR NANTEC MONO line and 60lb shock leader.

[3] HARD WERE 6FT TRIPOD stand, head torch, tip lights or reflective tape.

[4] Long shank wide gaped size 3,o and 4,o hooks.

[5] Bait elastic, 30 to 50 lb line for snoods, pulley rig beads.

[6] Grip leads, buffer beads, size 8 swivels.   

Picture 10 shop bought pulley rigs, leads, beads, line, quick release swivels and pulley beads

shop bought pulley rigs, leads, beads, line, quick release swivels and pulley beads.

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