Bait & Tackle Rigs


Any kind of bait tackle rigs for salmon fishing that you use will depend on the type of fishing you are engaging in. Different rigs will be used according to whether you are fishing in salt or fresh water as well as the type of fishing (trolling, casting, casting from shore, mooching, or drift fishing) you are doing during the day.

Versatility is one of the keys to having a good day out where you end up catching salmon, so whatever type of fishing you are planning on doing during the day you will want a variety of lures and bait available in your tackle box in case you feel a new option should be explored. Here are a few suggestions on rigging up for different types of fishing.

Tidewater fishing

Tidewater fishing means that you are going after salmon in their turnover state. Their instincts are just kicking in, telling them it is time to head up river to their spawning grounds. This is actually a pretty tricky proposition for the angler, because not only will species often mix in the mouths of rivers, but individual fish will all be experiencing different levels of development; one day, a large group may take all sorts of bait, and the next day, no one seems to be interested in biting. Two days after that, it may seem they are all biting again, only on different rigs.

This is the way of the tide water salmon, so it is best to just go with the flow. There are three different types of fishing that you can engage in in the areas where rivers open up into the ocean; trolling, casting, and using floats and eggs. Some of the bait tackle rigs for salmon fishing can be used on all three methods. For example, you should consider using fluorocarbon line as your leader material, as it is the least visible to the fish.

Floats and eggs will mean that you bait your rig with some kind of cured egg, and you really should have two or three different cures on hand just in case the salmon aren???t taking one. Eggs should be suspended just a little ways up from the bottom, the depth determined by your bobber, which is held in place by a stop. A swivel should be directly underneath the bobber, with the leader out from one section and a small weight on another. Long rods and reels with a large capacity are keys for covering a good amount of water with this style.

Determining your bait

In any type of fishing, the salmon you have caught can be key to determining what type of bait you will use on your rig. As soon as you catch your first legal fish, cut the stomach open and examine the contents. What the fish are already eating that day is the best way to determine what they will keep eating; if you cut open a salmon that is full of herring, then fish with a strip or anchovy. Sometimes, you???ll find shrimp or even squid; the fresher the contents, the better. This is one of the best clues to help you catch salmon on a day out.

Bait tackle rigs for salmon are dependent on both the fish and the type of fishing you are doing during the day. Setting up the right rigs will mean a good, successful trip.

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