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    SHARKBANZ FISHING
    ZEPPELIN RIGGING BEST PRACTICES
    Our most up-to-date instructions, tips from the pros, and strategies to maximize the effectiveness and versatility of your Zeppelin. We encourage all buyers/users of the product to review this information, share with others, and reach out to our team with any suggestions/feedback of their own.
    INSTRUCTIONS NOTICE: Retail (cardboard) and Online (hard case) Zeppelin Packaging Instructions are outdated. Updated Rigging Information is Below
    THERE ARE TWO PRIMARY METHODS FOR RIGGING YOUR ZEPPELIN
    PLACEMENT OF YOUR ZEPPELIN TO ENSURE IT'S POSITIONED BELOW YOUR CATCH IS CRITICAL.
    **IMPORTANT**: Your natural inclination may be to place the Zeppelin directly next to your catch. When bottom fishing, placing the Zeppelin directly next to your catch will NOT yield the best results. You want the Zeppelin below your catch.
    METHOD #1 - INLINE
    The inline method is a traditional way to rig your Zeppelin that ensures it's always present. We recommend using a 3-way swivel so the Zeppelin can easily hang below your catch, but this method works very well in a classic paternoster rig setup as well.
    • Attach the Zeppelin so the device will sit 18-36" inches from the tail of your target fish species. **DO NOT place the Zeppelin simply 18-36" inches below your bait/hook. You need to visualize more space between your catch and the device.
    • We recommend using a 3-way swivel so the Zeppelin can easily swing below your catch after hookup.
    • The Zeppelin's compact design minimizes drag and can be used to replace your sinker, especially in a classic paternoster rig setup. If you use a sinker, it's best to rig with lighter test so it can breakaway on the bottom.
    Watch record-holder Capt. Patrick Price outline leader and Zeppelin distances with Method #1 (Inline) rigging setup.
    Watch Tackle World's Miami Pro Staff outline wire and line recommendations for the Zeppelin with Method #1 (Inline).
    METHOD #2 - Deployment
    The deployment method maximizes effectiveness while minimizing the potential for device loss. Many anglers have created multiple Zeppelin deployment lines so they can easily add a Zeppelin to new rigs with longer/shorter leaders.
    • Rig the Zeppelin to a separate "deployment" line, preferably with heavier test or wire trace.
    • Follow the Zeppelin measurement formula to determine the appropriate length of your deployment line: Length of Bait Leader + Estimated Size of Catch + 3 Ft.
    • Ensure you have the proper stopper in place so the swivel or carabiner catches as it slides down. We recommend a small lead, bead, or larger swivel.
    • Use a snap (coast) swivel or carabiner to clip the deployment line to your main line.
    • You can hold the Zeppelin while you wait or rest it in a nearby rod holder.
    • When you hook up, deploy the zeppelin and fight your fish to the surface. Depending on depth, you can add additional weight to the deployment line. Outrigger weights recommended, or simply zip-tie lead to the Zeppelin.
    Watch local legend Joey Antonelli demonstrate the deployment method to perfection in space coast Florida using a simple snap swivel.
    Watch Capt. Patrick Price outline carabiner, lead, and Zeppelin setup for the deployment method with the Zeppelin placement formula.
    For both methods, you can use the...
    ZEPPELIN MEASUREMENT PLACEMENT FORMULA:

    Leader Length + Estimated Size of Catch + 3 ft.
    Print Rigging Instructions
    PDF FILE

    Q: How do I prevent break offs?

    Easy. To prevent losing the Zeppelin to a snag, rig a lead below the device on lighter test. That way, the lead will break off on the bottom structure and you won’t lose the Zeppelin. If you are using sinkers in conjunction with your Zeppelin, do not use steel sinkers. Use only lead or zinc sinkers when using the Zeppelin due to its magnetic properties.

    You can also use heavier wire or cable to attach the Zeppelin in Methods #1 (Inline) or #2 (Deployment).

    Q: Are there other ways to rig the Zeppelin for Bottom Fishing?

    You bet. There are many variations on the two methods we've outlined here, but these two methods overall will yield the best success rate for bottom fishing.
    If you've come up with an effective way to rig the Zeppelin that's different from what you see here, and it's producing good results, then please let us know and film it! We'd love to hear from you at:
    connect@sharkbanz.com or via our @Sharkbanz_Fishing instagram messages.

    Q: Can I use my Zeppelin for Pelagics and topwater fishing?

    The Zeppelin is specifically designed for Bottom Fishing methods, which is where your best results will be for its use. We encourage fishermen to experiment with rigging based on the weight, deterrent field range, and design of the Zeppelin, but please be aware that trialing/rigging the Zeppelin in any way outside of the methods described here for Bottom Fishing may not produce desired results.

    Q: I have additional Zeppelin questions. Where are more answers?

    Visit our Sharkbanz Fishing FAQ page where we outline and update answers to a large variety of questions about the technology, product, rigging, etc.

    https://www.sharkbanz.com.au/pages/sharkbanz-fishing-faq