How to Catch Dhufish
Rigs and Techniques
A short, heavy rod with an overhead reel and heavy braided line with a mono leader is a good set up for dhuies. Adjust the leader for where you are fishing- if it’s reefs and cave structures use a heavier leader, towards 80lb.
The most effective way to catch dhuies is to use a drifting method. The most common rig for drifting is a deep water two-hook dropper loop rig with a sinker that is as small as you can get but that will still keep your bait on the bottom. Preferred baits are live bait, squid, pilchards and whole fish. A speed of 0.2-0.4 knots is preferable but can depend on the conditions and the rig you are using. You want to make sure you keep you bait on the bottom and preferably have it slide along the bottom rather than bounce.
Another, less popular, but often effective fishing method for dhuies is bottom jigging with jigs, rattling lures or soft plastics. This works best if you drop them right to the bottom and bump them along the bottom, trying to mimic natural bait movements.
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