Rick Jeeter's Live Lining Rig - No Weight
The illustration to the right represents another one of Rick Jeeter's Rockfish live lining set ups. Rick will run a few lines at various depths. He will run a few lines deeper with the fish finder rig and a few lines further up without weight - as illustrated here. Rods
For his live lining rigs without weight, Rick prefers to use a baitcasting set up. Rick fishes primarily Saint Croix rods. You will want a moderate action rod with a bit of backbone to allow for a solid hook set.
The Saint Croix Tidemaster Series - TIC66MM or TIC70MM
These are two moderate action baitcasting rods in either 6'6" or 7'0".
The Shakespeare Ugly Inshore Light Series - CA-1166-1MH or CA-1170-1MH Moderate action - good value options.
The Cove Regional Series - FD-66-M
Our inshore baitcasting rod - high end components / designed by Bill O'Brien for fishing the Bay.Reels
Shimano Calcutta - CTE 400
Shimano's flagship baitcaster
Shimano Cardiff A - CDF300A
More moderately priced - featuring the Super Stopper anti-reverse and Shimano's VBS braking systemLine
Rick prefers a braid main line with a flourocarbon leader for live lining.
Power Pro Spectra - 30 Pound Test
Seaguar Flourocarbon - 20 Pound Test
This one is pretty straight forward. Tie a barrel swivel between the braided main line and the flourocarbon leader.
A #5, 90 barrel swivel will work fine.
Hook and Bait
Same set up as the live lining set up with the fish finder.....
Two basic options for baitfish include Perch and Spot. The fish can be hooked through the lips, or through the back. If you rig the hook through the lips, you will want to bring the hook up through both lips - bottom lip first. If you hook through the back, slide the hook in one side and out the other, allowing as much freedom of motion for the baitfish as possible while assuring a solid attachment to the hook.
Rick uses Gamakatsu circle hooks, tied to the leader with a palomar knot. Check out "Animated Knots by Grog" within the Links and Fishing Resources page for a slick, animated how-to on knots including the palomar knot.
Whenever you are using circle hooks, it is important to remember to allow the fish time to grab the bait and begin moving before you attempt to set the hook. As the fish is swimming to the side or away from the angler, the circle hook will catch the side of the fishes mouth as the tension increases on the baitfish. Any attempt to set the hook too quickly could just slide the bait and hook out of the fish's mouth.