Baits to impress your mates - Piper rigged for strayline

By Jeff StrangNZ Fishing World
Baits to impress your mates - Piper rigged for strayline

Application: Straylining with various weights.


  • 1 x fresh caught piper
  • 2 x 3 to 4/0 hooks
  • 4 to 6 foot trace –30-lb fluorocarbon is ideal
  • Sinkers - sized to match the fishing circumstances
  • Scissors or clippers to trim trace


1. Prepare a 2-hook trace using lighter leader and smaller hooks than with a pilchard. Both hooks should be fixed in place - the first attached with a uni-knot while the second is snelled to the trace.

2. Place the point of the first hook on the lateral line of the piper, about two centimetres behind the head. Push the hook firmly through the spine of the piper until the hook point and barb are clear on the other side. Rotate the hook to sit neatly against the bait. 

3. Wrap the trace a couple of times around the pipr and repeat the process with the second hook, this time from the opposite side and about 2/3rds of the way towards the tail. Secure the rig with a pair half hitches pulled snugly around the tail of the piper. 

4. Use a sharp knife to remove the bill. This is to ensure it does not get in the way of a biting fish.

5. Load the trace with the appropriate sinker for the application (it may not require a sinker at all), tie to the mainline and get fishing.

Piper is a proven snapper bait but in my opinion piper are not oily enough to be fished when the bite is slow. Pilchards and skipjack tuna are better options in such conditions.

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