When it comes to setting up the right fishing rig there are often a few different factors that will determine your set-up. Location, target fish, size of the bait and the substrate we’re fishing in.
Even when we consider all these conditions there are three fishing rigs we can all start from. I often use these rigs in almost every situation or a modified version of these fishing rigs.
A simple rig which helps present the bait just above the bottom of the seabed. I often use this type of rig for saltwater fishing including beach fishing, Estuaries, rock walls to even off piers.
A simple rig to tie as shown below. The mainline will get attached to a three-way swivel at the top with either a locked half-blood or clinch knot. The middle swivel end will be your dropper line approximately 15 to 20 cm and this will present your bait. The hook will be governed by the type of bait you’re using or the type of fish you’re trying to catch. This can all be tied up with a locked half-blood or clinch knot.
Finally, from the bottom of the three-way swivel, we’ll have our trace line approximately 50 cm to 1 m. At the end of the trace, we can either attach a bomb or star sinker with a locked half-blood or clinch knot.
Modified Paternoster Rig
A modified version of the paternoster rig that I also use is to attach two three-way swivels and present two hooks. This is great as it allows me to present two different baits or even two different types of hooks and test the waters for what’s biting.
Exactly similar process as above, except we’ll have approximately 30 to 40 cm of trace line in between the two three-way swivels.
Running Sinker Rig
A very common rig used by many amateur anglers to even your experienced anglers is the running sinker rig. This type of rig works well for both saltwater and freshwater fishing.
A ball or bean sinker will be threaded through your main line before being attached to a single swivel with a locked half-blood or clinch knot. Following we’ll have our trace line approximately 40 to 50 cm attached to our hook. This will be governed by the type of bait or fish you will be targeting.
As the name suggests the sinker will be moving freely above your swivel and the key is to have the sinker as light as possible. Just enough to make a suitable cast.
Modified Running Sinker Rig
A modified version of the running sinker rig I’ve used in the past is by having your ball sinker running the length of the trace line. This helps keep the weight as close to your hook as possible. Ideally, I would use this type of rig in estuaries and less snaggy bottoms.
When targeting fish within the top water column float rigs help present your bait within these zones. Ideally, when targeting garfish in marine environments or some freshwater species, float rigs are a must.
Float rigs can be set up with either a pencil, quill or bobber float by attaching the mainline through the top eyelet or clips. A 50 cm to even 2 meters of trace line will be attached to the bottom of the float. Following the end of your trace, we’ll have our hook attached with either locked half-blood or a clinch knot.
To help prevent the bait from floating to the top or strong currents taking it away. We’ll attach split shot sinkers approximately 15 to 20 cm above our hook.
Modified Float Rigs
A variation of the float rig as seen below is by substituting our split shot sinkers with a ball sinker running freely along the trace line. A lightweight sinker will need to be used or you’ll find your float submerged.