You may also add split shots above the streamers to create a jigging action when the streamers are recovered. Placing two split shots a few inches apart above the fly will allow the streamer to roll down the bottom like a dead minnow or baitfish. This creates more attraction and movement below the boat.
The split shot is used as an alternative to live baits. It can be used with similar techniques as other nymphs. For example, you could use it in place of a spinner or leech pattern to get attention from larger fish. It's very effective when fishing deep in tight areas where other baits might get stuck.
Split shots come in several sizes and shapes. The most common ones are round ball-shaped and flat disk-shaped. They can be dyed different colors for easier spotting. While blue and white are the most popular, red, black, and silver are available too.
They're easy to store and transport too; just keep them in an airtight container. Make sure not to submerge them in water because they'll lose their shape then.
Use split shots on nymph rigs to attract attention from larger fish while still allowing smaller fish to eat the bugs. This method is commonly used for catching trout in shallow waters during warm months.
Bottom Rig for Chunk Bait
Use these six techniques to determine how much weight you require in any particular circumstance. Determine where you want your flies to ride in the water column. Calculate the approximate depth of the water in which you wish to fish. Determine the current speed and the size (weight) of the split shot to begin with. Consider how far you will be carrying them into position. Decide how long you will keep them in place before you move on to your next spot.
The first thing you need to do is figure out how deep the water is in which you plan to cast your fly line. Do this by measuring the distance from the top of your bait or lure to the bottom of its presentation tail. If you are lucky enough to be fishing in a body of water that is not too large, then you can just use this number as an estimate for how much weight you should be using. If you plan to be away from home for some time, it is best to bring more than one way to sink your hooks- especially if you are planning on catching large fish. The more ways you can reduce the chance of getting caught, the better.
If you cannot measure the depth of the water, look around you until you find something that will give you an idea of how deep the water is. A gentle slope toward the shoreline might indicate that the water is closer to shallow than you thought, while a flat area surrounded by trees could mean you are casting near the surface.
The top fluke and floater baits, lures, and rigs are listed below.
If feasible, use unweighted baits, however a size 1 ball or bean sinker is frequently critical to keeping lines in place and avoiding tangles, especially when fishing deeper than 10m. The paternoster and running rig are the two major rigs used for snapper in PPB. A paternoster rig consists of three or four hooks, each with a different weight value, all attached to a common leader. The hooks are usually set vertically, though they can be set horizontally as well. This type of rig is easy to use because you just have to decide which weight will be next to the bait to get a response from the fish.
The running rig has become popular recently due to its simplicity. It is made up of a single hook attached to a short length of line. When fishing with a running rig, if the fish takes the bait then it will pull the rod towards itself causing more tension on the line and therefore more resistance when trying to fight it away from the boat. If the fish doesn't take the bait then it won't cause any strain on the line.
Both these rigs are suitable for catching snapper in PPB. To improve your chances of success it's important to work out how deep the fish are likely to be located at different times of day. This will help you choose the correct rigging method as well as avoid over-trolling or under-trolling your vessel.