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Posted on Apr 16 2012 - 8:46pm by WSF

The two-hook clipped up rig was devised from the basic paternoster. It came about back in the 1970’s when the bait clip was first being used by anglers from Yorkshire and the East Coast. The introduction of bait clips meant that you could use two hook snoods on the same rig body, the two baits were then clipped up, not down as was common at the time, to give both maximum casting range, and during the flight of the cast air pressure would keep the bait firmly on the hook. HOW IT WORKS This rig is excellent for fishing two baits at maximum...

Posted on Apr 4 2012 - 8:56pm by WSF

HISTORY The original one-hook rigs were just basic paternosters which used a blood loop in the main rig body line to mount the hook trace loop to loop fashion, the hook trace being left free to flap around during the cast. This was common both pre and post Second World War until the advent of the big cod catches off Dungeness and Dengemarsh in Kent during the 1960’s. The late Leslie Moncrieff was one of the first to use modern long range casting techniques to catch these cod and this spawned the casting revolution that changed the face...

Posted on Aug 10 2011 - 8:59pm by WSF

A common question sent to both myself and WSF, is how to tie 2-hook Pennel rigs. There are actually three types of common Pennel rig you can use. To clarify each one we’ve shown you how to not just tie them, but also detailed their advantages and disadvantages to highlight which types are best used in specific circumstances. The two-hook Pennel rig commonly uses a Mustad Viking 79510 top hook, and a Viking 79515 lower hook. The reason these particular hooks are chosen is that the 79510 has a turned down eye and suits the top hook for...

Posted on Nov 8 2010 - 9:01pm by WSF

A lot of inexperienced anglers struggle to understand the principles of some of the smaller accessory items and it’s easy to do if you’ve never been shown before. One such item are the Tubertini Grizzly Connectors. These are basically clear plastic beads that can be instantly added and removed from the rig body, but also allow the hook trace to be attached through the bead without any need for bead trapped swivels. These were designed in Italy originally and have become a key component for European style shore rigs designed for short...

Posted on Nov 8 2010 - 7:14pm by Des Westmore

The positioning of the reel seat on a boat rod is a subject very open to debate.  While many anglers will suffer in silence, resigned to the fact that their rod isn’t exactly how they want it to be, it is when I have been handing round rods that are on review that the subject suddenly becomes very hotly debated.  Interestingly, preference doesn’t always correlate...

So, what is the optimum retrieve ratio for a multiplier reel?  For beach fishing, generally high ratios find most favour but in the offshore world it depends on what you are fishing for and what method you are using as well as your own physique, personal preferences and prejudices. Even then, like many things in angling, it is not necessarily a subject where you...

Virtually all multiplier reels have a drag or clutch and it will usually be one of two types – star or lever.  Manufacturers such as Ocean City (remember them?) have played around with different systems and more recent examples are the hybrid mechanisms of Abu’s Synchro or Shimano’s Speedmaster. The star drag is the most common with one reason being that it...

Whether you’re a competition angler, a happy-go-lucky angler or a specimen angler, every day we  fish, we are presented with the same set of questions – where, when, what and how – and each day these questions will have a different set of answers. Isaac Walton said “fishing is like mathematics, in that it can never be learned” and it is certainly...

Posted on Aug 11 2009 - 9:37pm by WSF

I know a lot of the more experienced anglers moan when they pick up magazines and browse through websites only to see regular rig building features, but the fact remains that for both the monthly magazines and certainly for WSF, the most read articles and the most frequently asked questions are what rigs to use, when to use them and how to build them. It’s easy to forget that new anglers are coming in the fishing all the time and need the same advice we did when we started. Besides, there are so many variants on common rigs now that...

Posted on Jan 26 2009 - 9:34pm by WSF

The World Sea Fishing quick guide to constructing a rough ground cod pulley rig. 1 - Take 60-inches or so of clear 60/80lb Sufix Zippy trace line or a similar brand. To one end tie on a Gemini Lead Link. 2 - Now slide on a Breakaway Impact Shield or a Bait Clip adding a bead and crimp above. Crimp the crimp in place leaving about an inch for the shield/bait clip to slide in. 3 - Slide on a 5mm bead, a Fox Pulley Rig Bead or a plain rolling swivel and another 5mm bead. 4 - Leaving about 30-inches of free hook trace form a 6 to 8-inch...