There’s far more to tying fishing rigs than simply picking the right hook and weights. Expert anglers depend on different rig configurations to present baits and lures at a variety of depths, with varying actions, and in a manner that facilitates setting the hook without spooking the quarry. Each rig, however, has a set of conditions under which it excels, as noted in the descriptions accompanying the following rigging illustrations.
Blackfish are aggressive feeders that can snip the bait from a hook with surprising ease. For this reason, it makes sense to present two baits when ... Learn more »
When blackfish are holding in heavy structure a one-hook rig reduces the odds of snagging. The single hook also allows anglers to concentrate on one bite at a time, ... Learn more »
A time tested, simple rig favored when drifting for fluke. The use of a three-way swivel reduces line twists and tangles, even in strong currents. Bait ... Learn more »
Extremely effective and fun to fish, bucktails often provoke aggressive strikes from summer flounder and result in significantly fewer gut-hooked shorts than fishing bait alone. ... Learn more »
This is a terrific rig for retrieving slowly from shore or for slow trolling in shallow water. The diamond jig body allows for long casts ... Learn more »
This versatile rig works well whether drift-fishing, anchored or fishing from shore. One end of the leader is tied to the hook while the opposite ... Learn more »
A great rig for use with larger baits like whole squid, long fish strips or Peruvian spearing, the stinger hook adds effectiveness with short-biting doormats. Slide the rear hook forward or back to provide ... Learn more »
This is a basic drift rig with the additon of a Spin-N-Glo attractor. This rig works especially well when baited with a chunky killie, large spearing ... Learn more »
With two hooks tight to the main line, this rig allows anglers a shot at double-header hook-ups with a minimal chance of snagging - even when fishing ... Learn more »
When sea bass are hittng hot and heavy, this rig will help fill the cooler in a hurry. Upon setting the hook on the first ... Learn more »
This is a great rig for fishing at anchor because anglers can lift lightly to provide a little life to the top bait while genlty dragging ... Learn more »
A popular choice when trying to pinpoint feeding activity, this rig allows anglers to present one bait tight to the bottom while a second offering rides slightly ... Learn more »
This rig is used to present live snappers, bunker and similar big baitfish to tiderunner weakfish. The thin drail helps get the bait down deep ... Learn more »
This lightweight rigging arrangement allows for a natural presentation of small baits including worms, spearing, killies, squid strips and shrimp. Especially effective in shallow water, back bay areas, ... Learn more »
Similar to the high-low rig, the tandem bucktail rig allows anglers to present two offerings at once. In this case, a larger bucktail serves as ... Learn more »
Crushing the barbs on your hooks makes it easier to free them from the jaws of bass and blues. It might also help you avoid a trip to the hospital should you get stuck. The Fisherman's Fred Golofaro tackles the task.
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