This rig is fitted with three ultra-sharp Mustad Big Red hooks, each
adorned with red and flashy material and a red bead. I'm sure that on
some fish they would work without bait, much the same as a shiny lure,
but a bit of succulent squid threaded onto the hooks proved
irresistible to all manner of reef fish. It seems that when jigged a
couple of times, the flashy rig draws the fish in and the smell and
taste of the squid does the rest.
50kg handline, Val was only able to watch as I pulled up an assortment
of reefies on my rod and reel outfit rigged with the Big Red Flasher.
However, once we tied a 6/0 Big Red Flasher onto her handline, she
immediately began to catch fish at the same rate. "I've got to have
some of them", she said, and who could blame her.
I think many anglers will be saying that once they realise the potential of these rigs.
Big Red Flasher is basically a larger, heavier version of the common
multi-hook bait jig or 'sabiki' rig we use for catching baitfish. The
difference is, it is built to handle serious target fish. The Big Red
Flasher comes in a range of hook and line sizes from 1/0 x 30lb up to
6/0 x 60lb. Mustad is now making them in a new pack which includes a
special foam winder that you can store them on after use.
type of rig is used worldwide and Mustad makes mountains of it for
other markets. You'll find them all over New Zealand , along with other
Mustad rigs like the Demon Terakihi Flasher (equipped with circle
hooks) and the Long Red Flasher which comes with a special long shank
beak hook. I think it's only a matter of time before Australians take
to them. They turn routine bottom-bouncing into something special.