In 2018 Tweed Bait purchased a 15.4-meter aluminum vessel “Southerly” to catch and process Blue Pilchards in Yamba NSW.
Earlier this year Paul Burt from Step Outside jumped on board the Southerly and visited our processing plant in Iluka to show you firsthand how the process is done.
Tweed Bait Pilchards are collected fresh locally from Iluka and Yamba. Pilchards are also sourced from Western Australia and South Australia.
Gang hooks from the beach – hook size 4/0-6/0 are best for offshore paternoster rig or floating pilchards for snapper and other reef species
Single hooks or gang hooks are most effective.
When rigging a pilchard on gang hooks you want to line up the pilchard with your gang hooks making sure the top hook lines up with the eye of the pilchard then proceed to start from the tail and push your hook through the body making sure the hook is exposed.
This technique is best used from the beach when chasing tailor or float lining for snapper.
For paternoster rigs, a single hook with half pilchard is a very effective technique. A second or third hook can be added to this rig if desired.
Floating unweighted pilchards on wire trace rigs targeting spotted and Spanish mackerel in shallow and inshore reefs is a popular and very effective technique.
Bait skirts can be added to these also.
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