Pennel rigging an Armamesh bait
Previously Steve Akeroyd of Fox International showed how to use Armamesh to create a compact and effective sea fishing bait. Now Steve explains how to present that hook-bait correctly.
Armamesh has been a revelation for particularly boat anglers who don’t like wasting bait, or those who are all too aware of the limitations of bait elastic. In the first instance, bait that might otherwise have been tossed away at the end of a session can be Armameshed and frozen for use at another time. While very soft baits such as mussel or peeler crab can also be meshed for simple, secure hooking without fear of bits or even the whole thing flying off during casting.
The method gives purpose and fish appeal to oily scent-heavy mixes of such as pulpy blueys, mackerel and unwashed squid. Not to put too fine a point on it, even a handful of mushy old rot can be transformed into a perfectly useable bait with the help of an Armamesh jacket. Planet Sea Fishing contributors have been experimenting with Armamesh and have fed back some excellent results with cod, rays and spurdog so far. An Armamesh bait sausage is ideally presented on a pennel rig for shore and boat fishing. In this quick tutorial Steve uses pennel 4/0 hooks.