How to Tie Salt Water Fishing Rigs

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There are as many ways to catch fish as there are to eat them. Every fisherman's approach to tying saltwater rigs may be a little different and personalized, but some saltwater fishing rigs have endured. One of the most common and popular is the bottom-feeder rig. This allows you to fish for the abundant fish that feed on and near the sea floor. All of the supplies and tools you will need to tie this rig are available at most online and local fishing and tackle shops.

Let out around 5 feet of line from the end of your fishing rod.

Tie a hook about 2 to 3 feet from the end of the line using a jig loop knot.

Attach a bank weight to the very end of the line using an improved clinch knot. The bank weight should weigh between 1/2 ounce and 3 ounces for bay and inshore saltwater fishing. Offshore saltwater fishing will require weights ranging from 4 to 16 ounces.

Cut the remaining line from the end of the bank weight using scissors or a knife.

Pull on the weight to test it and ensure it is tied correctly and secured well to the fishing line.

Bait your hook and cast your line.


  • Observe safety when working with fishing hooks, baiting your line, and casting your pole. Fishing hooks can cause serious injury.


About the Author

Joshua Kinser began writing professionally in 1999. He has worked as a staff writer for the "Pensacola News Journal" and is the author of Moon Handbook's "Guide to the Florida Gulf Coast." Kinser earned an Associate of Arts in journalism with an emphasis in biology from Pensacola State College.

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