Question - Rubber band sinker rigging for tuna

Pablo2fish

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Both nice set ups. The only thing I do differently is I add a barrel swivel and the last 3 feet is 50-60lb fluorocarbon ALWAYS with either a ringed hook or a perfection loop to the hook. The barrel swivel helps avoid line twist and the fluoro addition makes me feel more sneeky :Fondle:

When the skipper says "their at a hundred feet", I will bait up, free spool the reel with the clicker on and lay the rod against the rail so I can strip line off the reel to the exact depth I want. I am 5'11" tall and your average meat head of this height has about 6 feet or 1 fathom of wing span.

So for 100 feet of depth, that is basically about 17 "strips" of line off the reel to get my bait to where the tuna are in the water column. If you can remember to bring a black marker with you fishing, you can mark your line on the spool when you get to 100 feet so you dont have to keep stripping line on subsequent drops.

We use this technique on LR trips all the time when fishing bait at specific depths. But what the fuck do I know.

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I fish wind on leaders that are 12’. Above the loop to loop the braid starts which is 100# White Jerry Brown hollow core. At every 25’ increment I tie a nail knot around the line with 30# yellow Spectra. It makes it easy to keep track of how deep you are fishing 75’, 150’, 225’, 300’. This really helps if you are fishing a Flat Fall jig or heavy iron because you can keep you jig in the zone and increase bites. It works great with the torpedo sinker too.
 
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Good info, worth a bump.
 
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yakmandan

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If I haven't tied a hook on yet sometimes I'll use a sliding egg sinker and lead split shots to keep it where I want it and can move it quickly and without damaging the line
 
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I've always hooked sinker baits sideways through the nose pore. But I've heard a few guys talk about bottom to top nose hook (mouth closed). I'm skeptical on that one. Thoughts?

And what methods of fishing? I can't say that I've had stellar results but my method has always been to let my sinker rig drop kinda slow, let the bait sit there for 15 min or so, and reel up very slow. Thoughts on a better method?
 
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RichG

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I've always hooked sinker baits sideways through the nose pore. But I've heard a few guys talk about bottom to top nose hook (mouth closed). I'm skeptical on that one. Thoughts?

And what methods of fishing? I can't say that I've had stellar results but my method has always been to let my sinker rig drop kinda slow, let the bait sit there for 15 min or so, and reel up very slow. Thoughts on a better method?

If you hook your bait bottom to top, the mouth can not open, therefore the bait can’t breath and will die. Therefore if you want live bait, hook across the nose.

PS with a sinker, and a slow retrieve you can get bit, so with a lever drag reel, engage the reel just enough to bring line in.
 
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Cubeye

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how about with a sliding sinker?
do you place the rubber band on the hook end of the line or on the reel end.
ive been fishing since age 7 (im 65) and have never figured this out...
duh

I'm sure you already know this, but you can use Carolina Keepers. They are designed for sliding bullet type sinkers, and thin line, (fresh water). When used on heavy line, they tend to fray the line when they are moved up and down.

You can also use tooth picks wedged in between the sinker and line to hold it in place.

But if you must use a rubber band, start at the hook side of the sinker and start your Girth Hitch, wrap it over the sinker and tie an overhand knot, or half hitches, on the other side. Make the Girth Hitch tight and it won't slide down the line. I use a rubber band with a 3mm thickness. Size 30-35. Length doesn't matter. You can always cut the loose end.

The easiest way to use a sliding egg sinker is to not use anything at all. Simply let it slide on the line. That makes it easier to cast, and when it hits the water, the loose line will allow the sinker to fall faster than the bait and they will separate.
 
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swami 805

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If you're nose hooking the bait with it's mouth left open let it down slow so it's mouth doesn't act like a parachute on the way down. Figure out which way the boat is drifting and feed line as you're walking along the rail. Some of the worst tangles are a bunch of guys fishing sinkers rigs not following their gear. Way worse than flyline tangles when sinkers are added to the mix
 
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Chango3

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does direct tying the sinker inline not work?
It could, but then you have 2 more connections in the line, knot connections are the weakest part of any rig. On top of that you have to make sure your weight is actually strong enough through the center. Also the rubber band rig is preferable because the weight comes off sometimes. You can also quickly put it on vs tying to the lead itself.
 
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Jrtbarber

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Dave Hansen, just put out a video saying inline rigs are teh way to go now, not the rubber band method. Just curious if there was any opinion on both sides.

 
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Shane R

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There are a few posts on you tube one from the searcher. I was also told that you want the sinker to fall off. The reason behind it was that the extra weight from the sinker 6 to 8 oz will make the hole from the hook bigger faster. Not sure I believe that but what I was told last year on a 2 day boat by the deck hand.
 
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hucklongfin

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Will reversed dropper loop work?
The traditional sinker rig has the rubber banded sinker hanging from a loop rather than attached in-line. In-line is better! The sinker is less likely to helicopter and twist things up. I think every time I've been bit the in-line sinker comes off.
 
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Darrell

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In line with the rubber band is the way to go. Just got off the Royal Polaris and in his briefing, Captain Roy said he only wanted to see in line sinker rigs because as noted above when they hang he said they are tangle magnets.
 
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