Lay one tag end
of the knot along the string to the left, the other to the right.
Next, a 30-pound black barrel swivel is attached to the tag end
of the shock leader using a palomar knot.
Finish off the tag end
with a razor sharp, livebait hook sized to the bait in use.
Halmahera, who emulated Tag End
(1928/9), Shalfleet (1935/6) and Hello Mister (1994/95) by winning the Portland two years in a row
When using live baits like shrimp, pilchards, Spanish sardines, finger mullet or threadfin herring, you can tie a 1/0 longshank hook directly to the tag end
of the leader with an improved clinch knot or uni knot.
emulate repeat winners Tag End
(1928/29), Shalfleet (1935/36) and Hello Mister (1994/95), even though he is without a victory since last year's short-head success here.
One way to rig the drop shot is to pass the line mrough the eye of the top hook, pull two to three feet through, and secure with a Palomar, clinch or uni-knot Leave the tag end
long enough to tie on the bottom sinker or jig.
Double the tag end
of the main line with a spider hitch or Bimini twist, and then attach at least 10 feet of 30- to 60-pound monofilament or fluorocarbon leader.
Knots and rubber bands: If the sinker has a wide hole, another option exists: Take the tag end
of the line at the hook knot and thread it back into the weight.
Haywire a 4/0 or 5/0 short-shank livebait hook to the tag end
3/0 black Eagle Claw livebait hook haywire-wrapped to the tag end
of the leader.
The original rig is tied with a palomar knot and leaves a long tag end
that is re-threaded through the back of the knot.