Booms are components of sea fishing tackle used when drift fishing close to seabeds or in areas where chances of snagging a hook are high. They also help prevent fishing lines from tangling. Moreover, booms help anglers present bait better, helping catch more fish. Though all sea fishing tackle booms have the same function, certain types are ideal for different conditions and fish.
Wire booms are made of twisted strands of wire, and feature a "T" shape with the longer end holding the hook. One side of the shorter end holds a sea fishing weight, while the other one goes up to the line. The weight holds the shorter end of the boom perpendicular, and the longer end with the bait drifts off to the side. Though plastic booms are easier to find, wire booms offer several advantages. They are more rigid, and when combined with a short snood, limit the movement of the bait in rough sea conditions. This makes it easy for fish to target the bait. Moreover, these booms are heavier than plastic booms, allowing users to set up multiple booms that all stay close to the seabed. This is useful when fishing for flatfish that stay close to the bottom. Some wire booms are pre-weighted, and a few models have swivels on one end. The swivels prevent hook snoods from twisting as small fish fight the bait.
Plastic booms come in different varieties. Some are hollow body types, allowing the trace line through the boom. Examples include blade type booms and single finger booms. Thinner and light, these sea fishing booms work in a similar manner to wire booms. Tough plastic solid body booms, such as Delta booms, are light and strong. Tube sliders are simple plastic tubes with a moulded eye for the weight. These types are useful for fishing at the bottom. Smaller models are suitable for casting.
Spreader booms help anglers present their bait in a wide swathe, creating a larger scent trail that helps bait certain fish more frequently. In its simplest form, a boom of this type has two arms with two sea fishing hooks spread apart. More complex types have numerous arms, sometimes flexible, with provisions to present more bait. Though unwieldy out of the water, spreader booms effectively attract fish from a wider area.
Other Boom Types
"L" shaped booms have a long arm for the hook and a shorter one for the line to go through. A ring at the junction takes the weight, holding the long arm parallel to the seabed. French booms are made from thin stainless steel wires, and users prefer them when fishing long traces for pollack.