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I have been searching for the better rig for tautog, especially for the bridge pylon fishing. I think I came with a new rig for the Bridge Pylon fishing, especially CBBT (Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, VA) - where I do the most of tautog fishing.

For CBBT, the weights of the sinkers or the jigs need be as heavy as 8 OZ. I needed the 6 - 8 OZ sinkers when the currents were very strong, high wave, windy and in a deep water (50' +) . The most of the anglers don't fish in this situation.
I want the sinker comes off when the leader breaks so that the fish can survive without a dangling sinker (or jig) in the mouth of the fish. I want to free the stuck hook when the hook is stuck in the barnacles on the bridge pylon - This contributes about 20-25 % of all stuck hooks.

Recommendation: Use cheap hooks for the new rig. The cheap hooks (generic or Eagle Claw) are sharp nowadays, come with larger eyes for easy rigging. I also hope they corrode faster than the expensive ones.

On the first day of testing, I found that the new rig is as good as any other rigs in catching. The test result was very positive. I will use the new rig because the catching ratio is the same as other rigs. I don't think there is any disadvantage on the new rigs.

On the day, I lost 2 rigs - one by a big tog, the other by a stuck hook in a crack. Successfully, fetched 2 stuck hooks on the pylons.

Here are the benefits of the new rig:
1. The sinker will slide off the leader, so the fish swims away with a hook and a short leader.
2. Easy adjust of the sinker weight - The hook and sinker are separated.
3. Improves the successful retrievals of stuck hooks by 20%. The rig can be freed when the hook is stuck in the barnacles on the bridge pylon
4. Less expensive and available in any where

Please try this rig.

Testing Log:

Thanks
Joe
 

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Almost like fishing a jig. Going to have to try that. Wonder if painting the bank sinkers would have any benefit..

Also learned the other day you can order live fiddlers delivered to your house for $3.50 a dozen off the internet all winter long 🤯
 

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Almost like fishing a jig. Going to have to try that. Wonder if painting the bank sinkers would have any benefit..

Also learned the other day you can order live fiddlers delivered to your house for $3.50 a dozen off the internet all winter long 🤯
Very good observation. I colored some sinkers to see the differences between the colored and the plain lead color. I didn't see the differences. So I won't color the sinker.

What I do the most is keeping rigs right against the pylon (very close to the pylon), into the crack right at the bottom of the pylon. One good thing I found was that I could change the angles of the hooks when using 4-5 OZ or heavier sinkers. I could simply turn the hooks so the point of the hook can face side, up or down. I prefer the point of the hook facing down. This is opposite to the jigs. I got less stuck hooks when the point of the hook were facing down. There is no differences in catching part.

I am planning to test one more time. At the moment . The new rig is far better than the jig.

Joe
 
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