New York Harbor Sport Fishing - Capt Chas Stamm
It developed over the years to be called the Charlie Rig. You know I'm sort of proud of that rig! I have developed some specialties to make it unique. I catch bass, blues, fluke, and weakfish on that rig. Here are some lengthy details but you can simplify them to what you want.
It's a long black rubber worm with a red firetail. An 11 inch Mr. Twister Phenom worm. I thread the plastic worm on a hook just like largemouth bass fishing. Have the hook come out of the "band". It should be hanging straight down with out any twists or angles. On that you put a sandworm. Hooked through the head. Let the worm hang down next to the plastic worm. Use that off a three way swivel.
We fish everywhere from 12 feet to 50 feet deep. Because of that, I use spider wire to the three way swivel. No stretch in the line. Very good feel of the bottom. But not very forgiving when hooking the fish. Often times you will pull the hook right out of the fishes mouth.
For that, I use a Varivas RTE shock leader to the hook. This product stretches allot. A real lot. Makes it so you loose less fish do to the "non stretch" of the braided line. The Varivas give the forgiveness so you do not pull the hook out of the fishes mouth.
Let me know if you are as successful with this rig as I have been.
Feedback from people turned on to the Charlie Rig...
October 2003...Tony Liscio here from Nanuet, NY. Myself, Tony Ronchetti(my father-in-law)Wayne,NJ, Darryl Musto(brother in-law) Butler,NJ Mike Rodriguez, Nanuet, and George Raboni, also from Nanuet sailed out of Haverstraw Marina aboard my boat The Ava Alexa and enjoyed a spectactular October day of Big City fishing.(You gotta love it) East River was the location and Stripers were on the Lowrance. We were successful at landing two nice fish both over 30 inches with several runoffsand two lost at the boat. Charlie rigs punched the ticket(I finally found the Phenoms) with flourescent yellow tail. Here are some pics and could you please send me another application.
9/03 Fished with HRFA director Chas Stamm and Leo Genese. We had a great time and caught three large stripers. The Charlie Rig was used and continues to be the best catcher rig in the area. The fish I caught was the largest striper I ever caught and was very healthy. The water visibility was about five feet and I have never seen the river cleaner then it has been lately. Get out there and fish before it is too late. Roger