Deep Drop Tasmanian Trumpeter Rig

This rig is designed for bottom bouncing for tasty deeper water fish. I’ll try and refrain from calling it a ‘deep drop’ rig because when we talk about true deep water dropping we are talking about depths of 300-800m deep in search of Blue Eye Trevella, 8 Bar Cod, Ruby Snapper etc, and is often done with electric reels.

This rig is what we use on conventional rod and reel (however it is still fine to use with electric reels) where we chase Striped Tasmanian Trumpeter, Snapper, Knife Jaw, Morwong, Gummy & School shark and other fish along the reefs at 100-150m.

We like to use a few different sized droppers and leaders, I normally make the main leader out of 250lbs mono, but its more than common for people to use up to 400lbs mono with excellent success. The main reason for going so heavy is in the areas where we regularly hook large School sharks they have a habit of rolling themselves up the leader once hooked.

With the droppers, again there are a lot of toothy fish down there like Barracouta and School sharks, so running 200lbs + on the dropper helps avoid as many bite offs. The key point with this rig is the droppers are easily clipped on and off so it’s a great idea to have a variety of pre made droppers with different sized leaders and hooks so you can easily replace the dropper.

Making your own rigs gives you piece of mind that things have been put together correctly with quality components.

You can get all this gear from your local tackle shop or eBay.

What you will need:

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-Main line leader anywhere from 150-400 pound (Jinkai Leader on eBay)

-crimps (Crimping Kit on Ebay)

-Shogun sleeve swivels (Shogun Sleeve Swivels on Ebay)

-Shogun Hawaiian snaps (Hawaiian snaps on eBay)

-Circle hooks (Recommended hooks on eBay)

-lumo squid (eBay special)

-line guard (stainless line guard on eBay)

-lumo tube (some on eBay)

lights (lights get the bites)



  1. First off cut your leader to around 2.5m in length. Slide two of your Shogun sleeve crimps onto the main line, then crimp your line guard to form a loop at the top of the leader where you will use a snap swivel to attach to your rod later on.


2. Crimp your first Shogun sleeve swivel where you want your first dropper to attach. I put my first dropper only about 25cm from the top of the rig. Then give yourself 1m or so and crimp your second Shogun sleeve swivel. Now you have your two points to attach droppers.

3. The final thing to do with your main leader is create a loop at the bottom of your rig to attach your sinker. It depends on the size mono you are using, here I have used 250pound so it’s not too thick and shouldn’t have any issues looping it through the eye of most sinkers. If you are using heavier leader you might find it easier to attach a sinker clip, snap swivel or some sort of other terminal tackle for you to be able to attach your sinker to later on. One of the most important factors to making this rig is that the sinker must be 1.5 below the lowest dropper. This keeps your bait up off the bottom and helps avoid snags and also some of the small picker fish you will encounter hard up on the bottom.


4. Now your main rig is completed, all that is left is to create your droppers. I make the dropper off the Shogun Hawiian snap, so they are easily interchangeable.  The dropper only needs to be a maximum of 20cm long. I like to feed lumo tube over the mono, and then add the lumo squid over the hook, before I crimp it all together. This all just helps as an attractant down in the dark deep water. Deep drop lights can also be included into this rig. It’s a good idea to make a few different droppers with different size and style hooks. I like the circles, because once the Trumpeter are hooked they stay on very well with their big rubbery lips. I also like to use some smaller gauge hooks like the Gamakatsu 9/0 offset circles and as you can see in this rig pictured some heavier gauge Tuna circles. It just comes down to personal preference as to what hooks you choose to run.



Hopefully this article helps you catch your first big deep water reef fish, feel free to show us your catch!

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