Monday, April 4, 2011

Another Straw Rig for Spanish Mackerel

A few months back I wrote an article about the straw rigs we use to catch bait size Spanish Mackerel from the piers here on the East Coast. Oddly enough , it continues to get a ton of traffic from search engines so I guess there are a lot of people out there that want to know more about the crazy things us plankers will do to catch fish.

There's another variation on this particular rig that I'd like to share today. This one is even simpler and it will catch bigger Spanish Mackerel than the one I discussed earlier this year. I've seen this one used by a bunch of guys , but personally I've never used it much because I prefer to use Got-Cha lures and spoons for bigger Spanish. This one is very similar in appearance to a Got-Cha lure , but a lot cheaper.

The main part of this rig is a drinking straw from McDonalds ©. I can remember a time when some of the local restaurants had to start dispensing one straw per drink purchase because fishermen were literally  grabbing handfuls of them to take to the pier if they were left out for people to get their own. Next time you treat your self to a burger and a shake , grab a couple of straws and you'll be ready to try this rig out.

Generally people that use this rig will cut the straw to around 4 inches. A small (size 1 or 2) gold treble hook is tied onto an 18-24 inch length of 40-50 lb. fluorocarbon. the straw is then slid down the leader so that it rests in the bends of the hook. Then a swivel is attached to the other end and then to the main line. I've seen two variations of how this rig is weighted to cast. One is the use of a clear plastic float placed just above the swivel and the other is the use of a one or two ounce egg sinker above the swivel. I'm sure each has it's own pros and cons , but I believe I would use the egg sinker so I could get more distance out of my casts.

Like most baits used for Spanish Mackerel , this one should be fished relatively fast and kept fairly close to the surface. Varying your retrieve and making several quick jerks with the rod will often trigger strikes from following fish that are reluctant to bite. Just be sure to take a few extra straws with you and to change your leader and straw as needed because these toothy critters can really destroy this rig if they are aggressively going after it.

Dedicated to one of my regular readers , D. who has been a loyal follower since the beginning of my blog. I told you I'd get around to writing this one!

Have a great week!

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