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Rigging up for Skate

Images and pattern kindly supplied by Les McBride

The main feature about the rig is the extremely short hook length of just 12-14 inches. Not only does this stop the trace tangling up on the 450 ft plus drop, it also substantially increases your chance of hooking the fish in the jaw and eliminates the potential of deeply hooking the fish.

The rig also offers a solution to the problem of the tail spines parting your main line as a 10ft 250lb mono rubbing strip is used in front of the short trace length. If this does happen the wide diameter boom will slide over the swivel between the rubbing strip and the main line and jettison the boom and lead.

It really is a win win situation with this trace and should be used by all skate fishermen in order to increase your chances of catching a fish, but also minimising stress to the fish.



  1. clip_image002Crimping pliers
  2. ½” plastic tubing, approx 4 inches long. Plastic plumbers or garden hose can be used.
  3. Cable tie
  4. 12/0 hook (such as an O’Shaughnessy) with barb crushed or removed.
  5. 16 inches length of 250lb mono
  6. 1 x 200lb Buckle swivel
  7. 4 x 200lb crimps
  8. 2 x 200lb swivels
  9. 1 x snap swivel (for lead weight)
  10. 1 x 15mm stainless split ring split ring

NB :: You will also need ~10ft of 250lb mono for the rubbing length.


Step 1: Making the boom

a) Thread the snap swivel (item 9) onto the cable tie (item 3) and wrap the cable tie around the center of the pipe (item 2). Pull it through the fastening and tighten.

b) If using hard plastic, superglue should be used to hold the cable tie in place, garden hosepipe being softer can hold the cable tie in place without glue.













Step 2: Making the hook length

a) Crimp (item 7) the 200 lb swivel (8) to one end of the 16 inch length of the 250 lb mono (item 5)

b) Thread another 200lb crimp (item 7) onto the other end of the mono (item 5) but do not crimp

c) Use a Flemish eye loop to connect the hook (item 4) to the end of the hook length without the swivel and crimp in place. Note: The use of crimping pliers make a safer and tidier finish.











Step 3: The rubbing length

a) Crimp a plain 200lb swivel (8) to one end of a 10 ft length of 250 lb mono and a 200lb buckle swivel (item 6) or equivalent to the other.

b) Attach a 15mm stainless split ring (item 10) to eye of the buckle swivel (item 6). This stops the boom running over the buckle swivel to the 14 inch hook length

c) Thread the plain swivel through the boom. This swivel attaches to your main line

d) Attach the hook length (step 2) to the buckle swivel


Note: the boom and lead will drop off the trace if your main line parts




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