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Balloon Rig


This rig consists of a circle hook tied to the end of the line, usually with a shock leader. A balloon is tied up above the hook to the line. Above that tie a stopper knot or a swivel to stop the baloon from riding up the line. The stopper knot can be a uni knot with both ends clipped off. The resistance of the balloon will set the circle hook for you, even on fish such as Tarpon.


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Barracuda, Great 1
Bass, Largemouth 4
Cobia 1
Jack, Crevalle 1
Kingfish 3
Redfish 2
Shark, Atlantic Sharpnose 2
Shark, Black Tip 1
Shark, Bonnethead 1
Shark, Great Hammerhead 3
Shark, Lemon 1
Shark, Sandbar 2
Shark, Scalloped Hammerhead 1
Shark, Shortfin Mako 1
Shark, Spinner 2
Shark, Tiger 4
Tarpon 3
Tuna, Yellowfin 4
Wahoo 4
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  • Spam 6 Year(s) Ago
    This is a great technique for fishing down in the keys. Use a crab or live pinfish for bait. Make sure the bait isn't close enough to pop the balloon however.
  • Spam 5 Year(s) Ago
    Great rig for drifting out a blue runner off the end of a pier looking for King Mackerel.
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