Paternoster Rigs

Standard Paternoster

The Paternoster rig is again a popular method for live and dead bait fishing. The advantage
of the paternoster rig is the ability to fish live baits next to snaggy venue features that a
roaming live bait or dead bait could swim or drift into and get snagged. Apart from preventing
snags, the paternoster is a method that is good for holding the bait against the edge of drop
off points, which are features that Pike like to travel in search of a meal. Another advantage
of the paternoster rig is that you can bait up around the rig using ground and partical baits to
attract bait fish around the rig to get the Pike moving in.

The Paternoster rig can be fished with a surface float (image A) or sunken float (Image B).
The purpose of the float with the paternoster rig is to keep line tension between the leger
weight and the float. The tension created between float and weight is required to enable
the correct presentation of the rig. When fishing with a surface float, the tension of the rig
can be affected by depth change. Fishing in depths deeper than the rig depth isn't too much
of an issue, providing the float remains visible just under the surface or a bite indication
system is used. Poor presentation occurs when the rig is cast into areas that are shallower
than the rig depth, if the rig is too far over depth it is possible for the bait to drop out of sight
and reduce the opportunity for a run. A compromise for the depth changes can be overcome
by using a Paternoster rig that comprises of a sunken float to keep the tension and a lighter
surface float just for bite indication.

When setting up a paternoster rig the average length of line from the weight to trace is
between 60-80cm. Obviously this is not set in stone so adjust the length to what suits the
venue or more importantly what gets you results. The weight used to fix the position of the
bait should be as light as you can get away with. This is so that minimal resistance is created
when the Pike takes the bait.