How to Catch Coral Trout
Rigs and Techniques
Trolling is the most common technique for fishing for coral trout and because of the potential for break-offs on reefs, heavy gear is recommended.
A short trolling rod with an overhead reel, 15+kg braid line with a 24kg leader is recommended. Diving minnow lures and poppers can be effective at a slow-ish troll speed of about 5 knots.
For a different approach, try jigging leadheads, casting minnow lures to bombies or using a deep water rig of sinker and one to two hooks with live bait or fresh whole fish, squid or pilchards.
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