Homemade Saltwater Fishing Rigs

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Saltwater fishing allows anglers to pursue a wide range of game fish. Pier and inshore surf fishing are two very popular methods of saltwater fishing that provide the opportunity to catch whiting, speckled trout, flounder, striper and other species. Various rigs are used to present both natural and artificial baits when fishing in saltwater, with many targeting a specific species. However, using a rig that allows an angler to attract a range of fish species can greatly improve the odds of a catch.

Place a sliding egg weight onto the end of the main fishing line. Choose a weight that is at least 1/2 ounce in size or larger depending on fishing conditions and personal preference. Slide a metal or plastic bead onto the line behind the weight.

Attach a barrel swivel to the end of the main line with a uni knot. Tie the knot by feeding the main line through the eye of the swivel. Pull the free end along side the main line to form a double line. Turn the free end back under toward the swivel forming a loop.

Wrap the free end of the line around the doubled line and through the loop three to four times. Moisten the knot and pull tight.

Cut a 3-foot length of monofilament line from a filler spool with a pair of scissors to use as a leader. Choose a monofilament line based on personal preference and conditions; however, 20 pound test is a good starting point as a rule of thumb..

Attach the 3-foot leader length to the opposite end of the barrel swivel with a uni knot. Moisten the knot and pull down tight.

Attach a size 6 circle octopus hook to the end of the leader with a Palomar knot. Adjust the leader so that the distance between the barrel swivel and the hook is about 2 feet long.

Tie the Palomar knot by feeding several inches of line through the hook eye. Double the line back through the eye forming a loop on one side of the hook and a double line on the other. Tie a simple over hand knot with the loop and doubled line, pull the loop around the bend of the hook, moisten and tighten.


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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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