How to Make a Pier Fishing Rig

by Keith Dooley
Make a simple float rig for pier fishing success.

Make a simple float rig for pier fishing success.

Pier fishing is not only a great way to catch a variety of fish, but it is also a great way to spend a morning, afternoon or evening. Piers offer the opportunity to catch a wide variety of saltwater game fish depending on the season and location. Various rigs are available commercially for pier anglers; however, it is very easy to assemble your own rig with a minimum of components and save quite a bit of money along the way.

1. Cut a 6- to 8-inch length from the end of your monofilament fishing line. Use the length to tie a float stop 12 to 15 inches from the end of the main line. Tie the float stop by forming a surgeon's knot around the main line.

2. Wrap the short length of line around the main line two times. Form a loop with the ends of the short lengths. Wrap the ends in and around the loop three times, moisten slightly and pull tight. Trim excess line from the knot with scissors. Make sure the knot is positioned where you want the float to stop as it travels up the line.

3. Slide a float onto the main line followed by a 1/2-ounce sliding egg weight. Attach a barrel swivel to the line with an improved clinch knot.

4. Form the improved clinch knot by feeding 5 to 6 inches of line through the eye of the swivel. Wrap the free end around the main line for six to seven turns forming a small loop in the line above the swivel eye. Turn the end of the line down and through the small loop formed in the line.

5. Bring the end of the line back up and through the larger loop formed along the side of the knot. This loop was formed by bring the end of the line down and through the small loop above the eye. Moisten the knot and pull down tightly. Trim excess from the knot with scissors.

6. Attach a 3-foot length of 25- to 30-pound test monofilament leader to the other end of the barrel swivel with another improved clinch knot. Tie a 2/0 long shank hook to the free end of the line with an improved clinch knot.

Items you will need

  • 12- to 15-pound test monofilament line
  • Float
  • 1/2-ounce sliding egg weight
  • Barrel swivel
  • Plastic bead
  • Scissors
  • 25- to 30-pound test monofilament leader (3 feet)
  • 2/0 long shank hook

About the Author

Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.

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