Use a paternoster rig to avoid snags

How to tie a paternoster rig and tips to avoid snags.

Learning how to tie a paternoster rig (dropper or snapper rig) is great for rock walls or areas you get snagged often.

Getting snagged is a big time waster as you have to retie your knots. It’s very frustrating and you also leave line and debris in the envirnonment to catch birds and other critters. A dropper rig is the answer.

Because fish love structure, they love hanging around rocks walls, jettys and breakwalls. This is great for shore based anglers but it also means you lose lots of gear.

For more tips on how to catch barra like the one below, check out our Barra Basics online course.


Nice barra can be caught from breakwalls

There are several tricks to avoid losing gear.

Keep hooks away from snags and rocks by using a paternoster rig – also called a dropper rig or snapper rig.

  • A paternoster rig (dropper rig or snapper rig) should be used in conjunction with a wind on leader system.
  • When using a dropper or paternoster rig, fishing closer to the water or using a longer rod provides a steeper angle to your line (from rod tip to water). This helps keep your hooks off the bottom and away from snags. (Be careful moving closer to the water’s edge in croc country though or when there are waves around).
Barra love structure however fishing around breakwalls can be a pain. Reduce gear losses with a paternoster rig.

Barra love structure however fishing around breakwalls can be a pain. Reduce gear losses with a paternoster rig and my simple sinker trick.

A dropper rig will catch you good fish from the rock walls

Fishing breakwalls is great fun unless you’re tending to 3 or 4 kids getting constantly snagged. A paternoster will get those hooks off the bottom and my sinker trick will save you so much time re-rigging as you only need to put another sinker on!

  • Use the correct weight sinker. In areas of current, if your line is washing back into the rocks you’ll need to use heavier lead.
  • An elongated sinker can be helpful to avoid getting jammed in rocks. The best bet is to tie a granny knot under the sinker so it will pop off when jammed in the rocks (the knot will pull through the centre of the sinker). Yes it does leave behind some lead in the environment but it is better than lead plus a whole heap of fishing line.

These and other snag reducing tips including how to tie a paternoster rig are demonstrated in the video below.



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About The Author

Ryan Moody

Ryan Moody started his fishing career on the reef boats before catching bucket list marlin for the likes of champion heavy tackle angler Johnno Johnson, INXS and the King of Sweden. Branching out in the late 80's to guided barramundi fishing, Ryan has made a name for himself as a Big Barramundi specialist and to date has put clients onto over 2000 metre plus barra. That is over 2 kilometres of metre plus barra! With attitudes changing from 'keep all you can' towards catch and release, Ryan has decided to share his extensive knowledge and hopefully inspire people of all ages to get out from behind the computer screen/TV and into the fishing outdoors lifestyle he has spent his life perfecting.

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  • Gary

    Reply Reply November 26, 2018

    Please resend the $19.95 sounder course again.


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