A sabiki rig, sometimes called a piscatore rig, is a set of small lures typically used to catch fish that eat small prey.
A sabiki is typically fished off boats, piers, jetties, or any structure over the water. Sabikis consist of any number (usually between 6 and 10) of small hooks, each one on individual dropper lines which are a few inches long. The individual dropper lines are then tied to a longer leader in series, about 6 inches (15 cm) apart; a weight is tied to the end of the leader. The individual hooks are decorated as lures or tied like flies similar to those used in fly fishing. Often they have a simple piece of metallic or iridescent film attached to them. Traditionally, on any individual rig all of the lures will be either identical or in an alternating sequence of colors. The type or size sabiki used depends on water conditions, species of fish sought or simply the angler's preference.
An angler can also attach a bait cage and bobber to the rig and catch fish like large flathead mullet or Short mackerel. In Japan, they are used to catch sardines and mackerel off of large piers. With a bait cage on the rig, users should give a large jerk (as if setting the hook) to release the bait.
Sabiki rigs with their many small, sharp hooks are easily tangled and can be a nuisance to the angler. If they are not handled carefully, the angler can be hooked. This can be avoided by using a sabiki rod. A sabiki rod is a hollow fishing rod with a funnel-shaped tip. The line is fed from the reel through the hollow body of the rod and out of the funnel-shaped tip. When the sabiki rig is reeled in, the hooks and leaders are drawn directly into the rod where they will not tangle or injure the angler.
Different sized and shaped Sabikis have evolved to fill out specific fishing niches. In New Zealand, heavy duty sabikis with large hooks and strong nylon line are popularly used to catch common, large species of fish like Australasian snapper in deeper water, often using hooks larger than 5/0 and nylon stronger than 60 pounds. These rigs typically have only 2 hooks rather than the 6 or more found on smaller sabikis. To avoid confusion, they are generally referred to as "Flasher rigs", and smaller sabikis are aptly referred to as "baitcatchers".
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