How to Catch Giant Herring
Rigs and Techniques
These fish are amazing fighters and offer a massive challenge on light gear. Although they are not that hard to hook initially, keeping them connected is another matter altogether. Their bony mouths and violent head-shaking leaps throw the hooks most of the time, leaving the angler with nothing but a memory of the brief encounter. They also have small raspy teeth that will quickly wear through thin leader. A mainline of 4-6kg braid or mono should be sufficient for all but the biggest fish, and mono actually offers the advantage of offering more give during the fight. Fluorocarbon leader of around nine kilos (20lb) is needed.
There are a numbers of lures that can be used for giant herring, including bibbed minnows from 5-10cm in length, small poppers, small stickbaits and metal slices. Giant herring often respond best to a fast retrieve. Bear in mind that the heavier the lure, the easier it is for the giant herring to dislodge it during the fight. Replacing the trebles with assist hooks is worth considering if giant herring are being sought. They are a favourite of fly anglers and an eight-weight outfit would be sufficient.
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