Please select your home edition
Edition
Kiwi Yachting - Lewmar - 1

Rigging a skipping garfish

by Jarrod Day on 28 Oct 2011
The bait in question - Rigging the skipping garfish Jarrod Day
Garfish are quite a universal bait. Whether you're fishing for snapper in Victoria or trolling for a marlin a garfish is the ideal meal.

Anglers in the Northern parts of the country know all too well just how good garfish are for more highly prized species such as sailfish and marlin and when it comes a time to rig one up, a more specialised approach is required.

When rigging a garfish for a billfish, the right tools are required for the job. Firstly you will require a wire single hook rig. This is hand tied by yourself on a piece of single strand.

To make the rig, simply pass an end of the single strand through the eye of your hook and double back the wire to the main strand. To secure off, tie a haywire twist in the wire but do not break or cut off the tag wire. This is required to pin the garfish to the rig. A plastic skirt can also be added to the rig which will sit over the top of the garfish once finished.


Step 1:
Take the garfish and remove both eyes (This will prevent the head from blowing apart when trolled).


Step 2:
Snap off the Bill of the gar.


Step 3:
Taking the garfish in two hands bend it to snap the spine and bones (This will give the garfish a better swimming action).


Step 4:
Make a slit in the belly around the middle from gills to anus.


Step 5:
Open the gills and thread the hook into the body bringing the hook point out of the slit you made in the belly.


Step 6:
Pass the tag left over from the haywire twist through the underside of the head until it protrudes through the top of the skull.


Step 7:
At this point the above image is how it should look.


Step 8:
Take an elastic band and wrap it around the head of the garfish constantly going over the piece of wire that is protruding out of the top of the head.


Step 9:
Once finished slide the skirt over the head and your ready to fish.

Step 10:
The end result is a fully rigged skipping garfish.

GAC Pindar Sailing NewsBarz Optics - FloatersInSunSport - NZ

Related Articles

More net free fishing at Gippsland River Mouths
Migratory fish in Gippsland Lakes will have more protection at river mouths when exclusion areas for commercial netting Migratory fish in the Gippsland Lakes will have more protection at river mouths when exclusion areas for commercial netting are expanded by 50 per cent under new arrangements to be introduced next year by the Andrews Labor Government.
Posted on 26 Aug
Stacer’s Ocean Rangers are now tougher than ever
The new 589 Ocean Ranger now features more freeboard at 730mm, bringing the model in line with the rest of the range. Due to customer demand Stacer has released two new models in their plate range to now include the 589 and 619 Ocean Ranger Hard Tops offering a more budget friendly option that is still packed with power and strength.
Posted on 17 Aug
Shark 'trophy' hunters land in hot water
Two young men who removed the jaws of a dead Great White Shark have found themselves in trouble with the law. Two young men who removed the jaws of a dead Great White Shark have found themselves in trouble with the law.
Posted on 16 Aug
Port Phillip Bay Fishers gather to celebrate Bay fishing
Jaala Pulford welcomed key fishing industry representatives and recreational anglers to Port Phillip Bay Conference Minister for Agriculture, Jaala Pulford today welcomed key fishing industry representatives and recreational anglers to the first Port Phillip Bay Conference in Altona.
Posted on 13 Aug
Trout opening festival expands to include Ballarat
To welcome opening of trout fishing season Goulburn Fishing Festival will be joined by a similar event at Ballarat To welcome the opening of the 2016 trout fishing season in rivers the popular Goulburn Fishing Festival will be joined by a similar family-friendly event at Ballarat this year on Saturday 3 September.
Posted on 12 Aug
Mansfield trout conference a must for anglers
Recreational anglers can learn about Victoria’s wild trout fisheries at a free one day conference on Saturday 5 November Recreational anglers can learn more about Victoria’s wild trout fisheries at a free one day conference on Saturday 5 November at Mansfield.
Posted on 10 Aug
Angler exceeds calamari catch limit at Portarlington
A 69-year old man from Portarlington will be summons to appear in the Geelong Magistrates Court A 69-year old man from Portarlington will be summons to appear in the Geelong Magistrates Court later this year for allegedly exceeding the daily catch limit of calamari.
Posted on 9 Aug
Brook trout to be stocked in Victoria
Brook trout are being released into Lake Purrumbete near Camperdown, the first official release of the fish in Victoria. Brook trout are being released into Lake Purrumbete near Camperdown this week, the first official release of the fish in Victoria.
Posted on 8 Aug
Tasmanian trout season opens
With trout season opening next weekend, many are pondering where to go to wet a line, to try and catch a big fish With the trout season opening next weekend, many are pondering where to go to wet a line, especially to try and catch a big fish first off. Me, I’m going to local water, just in case the weather is crook or turns foul.
Posted on 4 Aug
Kids Polarised Sunglasses from Barz Optics
Barz Optics have developed a quality range of junior polarised sunglasses ideal for sailing and fishing. Barz Optics have developed a quality range of junior polarised sunglasses ideal for sailing and fishing. Each pair are supplied with a neoprene case and sunglass retainer.
Posted on 4 Aug