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 Post subject: What is this?
PostPosted: November 22nd, 2012, 3:23 pm 
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I have found 3 strange pieces like this in Barron Canyon, Algonquin Park.

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Each piece have clip on each end, plus 2 T shaped pieces on the line in between.

What is it for?

Some fishfinder rig/sinker system?


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 Post subject: Re: What is this?
PostPosted: November 22nd, 2012, 3:46 pm 
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Back in the day we called this a "spreader." Hooks on leaders go on the T-shaped pieces and are baited -- usually with minnows. One end of the leader goes to the line, the other to a sinker.


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PostPosted: November 22nd, 2012, 5:16 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: What is this?
PostPosted: November 22nd, 2012, 6:12 pm 
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That is a pickerel rig.


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 Post subject: Re: What is this?
PostPosted: November 22nd, 2012, 9:15 pm 
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Looks like an ice fishing rig commonly used around here. I have several of these in my ice fishing kit. Usually the main line is about 3 feet long. Two spreader bars are on it. To these you larks head on a snelled hook. This keeps the bait drifting away from the hardware and main line. To the bottom you attach a bell sinker to take it to the bottom. That T shaped spreader can slide up and down to adjust the height of the bait. Use the beads to stop it sliding. I set one near the bottom and adjust one higher depending on what I imagine the fish are thinking about biting. :D

Although its sold for ice fishing, no reason it could not be used for jigging in the soft water season.

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 Post subject: Re: What is this?
PostPosted: November 23rd, 2012, 9:03 am 
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You might want to check the regs. I'm not sure it's legal to use that many hooks.

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 Post subject: Re: What is this?
PostPosted: November 23rd, 2012, 10:35 am 
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HOOP's description is what I was trying to say -- the "spreading" is vertical, not horizontal. All the spreaders I've seen in Ontario have two hooks, so I assume that they're legal here. My use was mainly catching perch.

To me, a "pickerel rig" was something completely different. It was a wire about 15" long with weight at the bottom and an arm and a attachment point for a leader or hook at the top. The line attached above the arm. This let you bump the weight along the bottom without getting stuck (too often) in rocks while the bait floated along a few inches off the bottom. Lately, I used these for summer lake trout fishing with some succes using a Williams lure on the leader.


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 Post subject: Re: What is this?
PostPosted: November 24th, 2012, 9:31 am 
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If you'd purchase this at an outdoor store, you'd ask for a pickerel rig. Here is a video on how they work:



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PostPosted: November 24th, 2012, 12:22 pm 
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It was a wire about 15" long with weight at the bottom and an arm and a attachment point for a leader or hook at the top. The line attached above the arm. This let you bump the weight along the bottom without getting stuck (too often) in rocks while the bait floated along a few inches off the bottom.

Peter K.: What you have described (above) is typically called a "bottom-bouncer" in my area and comes in an assortment of different weights, depending on the depth of water, speed of travel or angle of line desired.


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 Post subject: Re: What is this?
PostPosted: November 26th, 2012, 1:52 pm 
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I vote for pickerel rig.

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 Post subject: Re: What is this?
PostPosted: November 27th, 2012, 8:33 pm 
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Me too; definitely a pickerel rig.


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 Post subject: Re: What is this?
PostPosted: December 8th, 2013, 4:39 pm 
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yupp...pickerel rig. Never use em though. I am a yellow jig and twister girl.



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