|How to rig
by Salmon University
There are about a 100 different
ways to rig a herring for mooching or trolling. This is the most standard
method know locally as the "Westport" cutplug herring setup.
with either a fresh herring or a pre-brined herring. Do not use a frozen
herring just out of the package, it will not stay on the hook as it becomes
soft way too fast. If you dont know how to properly brine a herring visit the
SU herring brining page here.
Next, you need to use the right size hooks to get the proper balance and to get
the herring to spin correctly. You want a tight spin on the herring as it's
pulled through the water.
The following chart indicates the proper
hook selections for the size herring youre using.
Step 1: Lay
the herring on its side on the cutting board. For this demonstration we're
using a blue label size herring with 4/0-5/0 Owner SST hooks on 20 pound Ande
Step 2: With a very
sharp knife make one cut at a 45-degree angle and a 45-degree bevel back
towards the belly (pelvic fins) on the herring. Make only one cut, do not saw
through the herring. If you saw through the herring, you will leave little
jagged edges that will cause the herring to mushroom out in the water.
Step 3: Remove
the entrails from the belly of the herring; be careful not to nick the belly
with the knife.
Step 4: Take
the trailing hook from the leader and run it through the belly on the short
side of the herring so it comes out the on the lateral line of the herring.
Step 5: Pull
it through. Leave the rear hook trailing.
Step 6: Take
the top hook from the leader and run it through the top of the spine and out
the top of the herring next to the backbone.
Step 7: You
now have a completed cutplug herring ready to mooch or slow troll.