I started a thread a couple weeks ago wordering what a Sabiki rig was. BOC members responded overwhelmingly and I am now the proud owner of several of them, and an abundance of "how too's". Can't wait to try it out. However, a question came up about the legality of them. Were there too many hooks? Was it considered a small trotline, ect. All good concerns and view points. I contacted the Mo conservation dept. and asked for an interpretation of the code. The following is a cut & paste (with some personal info of mine deleted - this is the internet) Remember E-mails are backward (latest response is on top, and first response is at the end) yes, this is a legal method although more commonly used to take baitfish in saltwater. Remember to check regulations where fishing as to some area lakes do not allow the taking of bait. Gary VanMatre Gary.VanMater@mdc.mo.gov Conservation Agent St.Louis County >>> David Bruns 10/10/2007 10:41 AM >>> Russell XXXXXXXX I am forwarding your question to a conservation agent, whom will best be able to provide an appropriate answer to your question. You should have a response from him within the next week or so. David J. Bruns Conservation Education Consultant Missouri Department of Conservation 636/458-2236 "A sense of wonder and joy should be at the very center of ecological literacy." -Richard Louv >>> XXXXXXXXDXXXXXXXXX> 10/8/2007 11:39 AM >>> There is an item available for catching bait fish called "SABIKI bait catching rig". It is available for sale at Bass-pro and Cabela's, along with other places. It consists of a monofilament line about (4) four feet long with (5) five size 8 wet flies tied on short drop lines (2 1/2") sort of like a minature trotline. It is meant to have a small sinker attached to the end of it, and to be casted into water where baitfish are present. A slow jerking retrieve has been sugested. My problem is with the wildlife code and it's interpretation. I know about the 3 rod rule, along with the 33 hook limit on trotlines (50 hooks in the Mississippi ect.). Since I would be trying to catch bait for a trotline, can I legally use this type of rig on a casting rod, to catch bait, imediately returning any game fish accidently caught unharmed to the stream. I try to follow all wildlife rules and regs. but this one is a stumper for me. Please give me an interpretation of the wildlife code on this problem. Thanks ever so much Russell XXXXXXXXX If anyone is still leary about using them, I sugest you print this thread, put it in a plastic bag with your permit and carry it in your tackle box. So much of the wildlife code is open to interpretation and this should clear it up. Happy fishing and thanks to all who responded. This is the way we learn.