Gone Outdoors

How to Rig a Fishing Line for Pier Fishing

by Justin Otto

Pier fishing offers an alternative to fishing on the shore which gives a fisherman the advantage of deeper water which likely holds more fish. Having the proper rig for pier fishing is paramount if you wish to catch more than trash fish and this article will tell you just what you just what you need to catch redfish, trout, sheepshead and a host of other species.

Slip the egg sinker onto the fishing line.

Tie the swivel to the tag end of the line so that it keeps the weight on the line.

Cut a length of leader material around 18 inches long.

Tie the length of leader to the swivel.

Illustration of a large carolina rig used for snapper, grouper etc.

Tie the hook to the opposite end of the leader.

Items you will need
  • Roll of fluorocarbon leader (15# test works well)
  • Circle Hooks (size depends on species targeted)
  • Swivels (15#)
  • Variety of Egg sinkers

Tip

  • This rig is known as a "redfish" or Carolina rig and works well for many saltwater species as well as bass. Use only enough weight to get you to the bottom and keep the line in place.

About the Author

Justin K. Otto is a freelance writer & editor from Pensacola, Florida. He has been writing for 9 years and professionally for just over 2 for several publications such as The Pensacola News Journal, a Gannett Publication, the PJC Corsair and Kayak Angler Magazine. He is currently pursuing a Bachelors Degree in journalism.