How to Catch Tailor
Rigs and Techniques
A long, light spinning rod and spinning reel with 6-10kg line and 15+kg mono leader will do fine for most situations, though you may wish to alter this depending on the location you’re fishing. With smaller tackle or hooks, using a short length of wire leader can stop break offs on the tailor’s razor sharp teeth.
There are a whole variety of ways to catch tailor, but the most common is a slow retrieval of whole pilchards, mulies or garfish on a gang hook rig. This may require a floating sinker or a float depending on the conditions you are fishing in.
Tailor tend to feed high in the water column so poppers can be quite effective and so can other lures such as minnows, metal/ chrome lures, jigs and spoons. These lures can be cast into the surf zone or to structure and either trolled or retrieved with flicks of the rod tip to create lure movement. Tailor often feed more actively at dawn and dusk.
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