Ring Up a Release

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The McKala Ring Rig is a special bait-fishing rig designed to promote the safe and easy release of bluefish and striped bass. Components include a 13/0 Mustad circle hook and coated, multi-strand cable leader separated by a large split ring. The circle hook lessens the chance of gut-hooking, while the ring prevents the bait from sliding up the line and possibly leading to a cut-off caused by another fish, a major concern when bluefish are present. Anglers can also use the ring to weigh their catch prior to release. McKala Fishing, Trumbull, CT; (800) 307-7064.