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Old 02-17-2013, 01:05 PM   #1
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I am too far away to get to the piers (and 2 tied up with projects for now) but, "way back when", I was in flight training at Whiting Field (flying "Real Airplanes" T-28B and C, not those "wimpy Alfas") and I'd hit the beaches on the weekends. Didn't have tackle with me but, I made many visits to the piers just to hang out. I remember seeing a rig that I tried to duplicate (never successfully) that was amazingly effective at catching bait fish.
Basically, it looked like a series in wire rings with I think a thin length of fabric running through them. The guys would dangle them off the pier (like using a sabiki) fish would swim in and get hung up in the rings (why they didn't just swim through, I have no clue).
Are things like that still used or is a Sabiki rig the way to go?
Someday, I plan to get out there again since the fish you guys pull in is just mind blowing.
Is this worth pursuing or have newer methods put this out in the boneyards like my beloved T-28's? (was a year or 2 too late to fly Spad's).
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Old 02-17-2013, 01:13 PM   #2
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Dont think there leagle anymore . Something about being considered an entangling devise. Ribbon rigs. I havent seen one used in many years . They did well on Alewyes.
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Dont think there leagle anymore . Something about being considered an entangling devise. Ribbon rigs. I havent seen one used in many years . They did well on Alewyes.
Illegal. Buy and use a sabiki. It works well. JMHO C2
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You can still buy and use them in Alabama. I still prefer sabikis though. You can get a wider variety of baits with them
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Old 02-17-2013, 01:47 PM   #5
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Dont think there leagle anymore . Something about being considered an entangling devise. Ribbon rigs. I havent seen one used in many years . They did well on Alewyes.
^^this. I havent seen bait like there used to be back in the mid 80s out at the old pier, it used to be amazing , one year there were tons of gogle eyes. Never saw them come back nor have I seen the alewyes like they used to be.
Sabiki, snatch rig, or good ole gold hook rig sometimes with some chum hanging on it.
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Theres still a couple on Okaloosa that use them. They are illegal though... I wouldnt try it.
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Only the ones made from mono are illegal, wire is fine. In tarpon season they're worth their weight in gold...on a pier.
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I remember those things on the pier in the 60's. We never used them.
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On the note of sabiki rigs- how do actually catch bait on them? (technique wise). All I've ever been able to catch on them is pinfish (with the aid of shrimp on the hooks), lady fish, and a blue fish.
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Only the ones made from mono are illegal, wire is fine. In tarpon season they're worth their weight in gold...on a pier.
Can you provide a reference for this? Thanks, C2
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