Anyone use a Breeches Bouy Rig?
Some folks may call it a cable car rig or that may even be a different rig altogether. This is a description of what it is
First, tie up a Breeches buoy rig, using a connecting link attached to a 3-foot fluorocarbon leader, which is tied to a circle hook.
Cast out a sinker of a weight of sufficient amount to hold a line taught from your rod tip to wherever you cast your weight. Now clip on a snap swivel and leader with bunker/live bait. This allows a bunker or herring to swim up and down it, without pulling your sinker all over the place. (Just enough so that the current doesnít pull your weight all over the beach).
Clip on bait, Lift up the rod tip up, and the whole bunker and rig slide down the line until they hit the water. Then the bunker can swim from the beach to wherever your weight landed. (Like putting your dog on a dog run).
The trick is learning when to set the hook after the fish has picked up the bunker.
When the fish picks up the bunker it will start swimming with it, and the rig will pull down the line heading for the weight, and the weight will be moving over the bottom as the fish moves away with the bait, stops and turns the bait around to swallow it, and then starts moving off again.
The rod tip will be dancing like crazy, and you will want to start reeling, but donít! You will have to wait until the rod bends over and stays down. (That is when the fish has dragged the line all the way down to the snap, weight and breeches buoy rig, and all three have come together giving you a straight line between you and your circle hook, and the circle hook has pulled up tight and sunk into the fishes mouth.)
The time between when the fish picks up the bunker, and the time you start reeling in, is when you will want to pull your hair out, because it is so hard to wait! I suggest that you donít even lift the rod out of the holder until that rod has doubled over and stayed that way.
If there are bluefish in the area, and all of a sudden the rod stops dancing, donít reel it in, thinking that it is over! Bluefish will bite the fish off up to the head of the bunker and the bunker head will float to the bottom and stay there bleeding. What better bait for the Bass following those blues around? If there is no action after 5 minutes, then pull it in and see if you need to put a new bunker on.
This rig works great with bunker in the area. When the bunker come by, snag one with the bunker snagger and reel it in. Then transfer the bunker over to the Breeches buoy rig, inserting the hook under the Dorsal fin, but not down far enough to hit the backbone. Attach the breeches buoy rig with the fish on one end, to the line between your rod tip and the water, with the connecting link and then make sure that the connecting link is closed tight.