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February 25, 2009

March '09 Reader Tips

Here's an easy, fish-friendly solution for releases

Stir It Up
I've been bottomfishing for most of my life, and I love to use dropper rigs with multiple hooks. One problem I always seem to have with them is that the dropper loops tend to spin around the main line and tangle. I came up with a way of stiffening the branch lines to keep them away from the main line with the help of plastic coffee stirrers. The ones I found are about 6 or 7 inches long, and I cut them in half. When I make my dropper, I start with about 4 or 5 feet of 60-pound monofilament. I slide the straw on, put the mono through the hook of my choice and then pass the mono back through the straw. Then I finish the branch with a standard dropper knot. Repeat the process three or four times and then finish the rig with a swivel on one end and a bank sinker on the other. This setup catches plenty of red grouper and vermilion snapper and a bunch of other species.

Tony Fernandez
West Palm Beach, Florida