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When it comes to making up hook traces there are a number of traces that work for different species and some that can be used for a few species in general.
Floating your bait
When scratching in the bricks a single hook or double hook trace are the two main traces used as we are legally limited to three hooks per trace. If it is very foul it is always best to use a single hook trace or if you need to get that extra little bit of distance when casting. I prefer to use floats on my hooks when fishing in the rocks for a few reasons. Firstly the fish prefer a floating bait as it presents better in the water pulsaliting and moving around looking like its alive. Secondly the float attracts the fish to the bait because of the colour and thirdly once the fish have eaten the bait and the hook is exposed it is less likely to get stuck in the rocks as the float keeps the hook up in mid water and away from the rocks.
Tying your hook to the trace:
When tying your hook to the trace I prefer using a snell knot as this inproves the hook up rate when you get a bite the same way a circle hook works. Because the hook is facing inward when the fish picks up the bait often the weight of the sinker is enough to set the hook. By the time you feel the bite and strike to set the hook the fish is already hooked.
Thread the hook from the front of the shaft and do a simple figure of 8 knot using four loops. Open the loops on the shaft of the hook
making sure they dont come off the ends of the hook, then slowly tighten the knot
Once the knot is tighten add a bait float and place a gummy stopper on the line to stop the float from sliding up the line. The gummy
stoppers are used in fresh water and dont work well on very thick line. You can use lip ice on the line to help slidding them onto the trace.
The smaller and neater your bait the more chance you have of raising a bite.
Daniel Dickinson 0.4kg Barbel Black: Darker in colour found in rocky areas
is much smaller than the silver barbel
Daniel Dickinson 1.2kg Barbel Eel or Eel Tail Barbel
Daniel Dickinson 2.2kg UmbrinoRobisoni, Baardman, Belman
Daniel Dickinson 1.2kg Cape Stumpnose, Flattie, Stompie
Daniel Dickinson 3.9kg Black mussel cracker, Poenskop, Poensie, Biskop, Black steenbrass
Daniel Dickinson 0.9kg Steepie, Stripy, Carenteen
Daniel Dickinson Steenklipvis, Steenkie
Daniel Dickinson 95cm 1.4kg Moray Eel
Daniel Dickinson 2.2kg Namibian Steenbrass, Steenie, Steamer
Daniel Dickinson 1.0kg Catface Rockcod
Leopard Cat Shark
Daniel Dickinson 143cm 14.8kg Spotted Gully Shark, Spottie
Daniel Dickinson 148cm 14.6kg Smooth hound shark, Hound shark
Daniel Dickinson 21kg Blue Ray, Blue Skate
Daniel Dickinson 32kg Duckbill Ray, Bull ray
Daniel Dickinson 3.4kg Lesser Guitarfish, Lesser Sandy, Sandy
West coast Sandshark