How to Tie a Sliding Mooching Rig

by Zach Lazzari
Anglers commonly use mooching rigs when targeting saltwater fish.

Anglers commonly use mooching rigs when targeting saltwater fish.

The sliding mooching rig is a two-hook bait system. The rig requires advanced knot-tying skills to connect the two hooks and manage several pieces of line. The system is effective with heavy monofilament line because its stiffness prevents the hooks from tangling. The two hooks are used separately for two different baits or in tandem on one large bait. Anglers also tie the rig with an egg loop to allow the attachment of roe and egg sacks.

Cut a 7-foot section of monofilament leader for the rig. The leader weight varies depending on the species, but 30-lb. test or greater is typical in saltwater-fishing situations. Cut a second 2-foot section of line in a matching weight. You will use the second line only for knots.

Feed one end of the leader through the bottom of one hook eye. Pull the leader through the eye and pinch it on top of the hook. Tie a Snell knot on the hook by feeding the end through the eye a second time. This forms a large loop on top of the hook. Pinch the end against the hook and wrap the loop over the end 10 times. Pull on the leader to close the loop and tighten the knot.

Slide a second hook on the free end of the leader. Slide the hook down the leader and stop with 1 foot of space between the two hooks. Rotate the hook with the bend facing the opposite direction of the original hook. The rotation is not required, but it prevents tangles.

Feed one end of the 2-foot line through the hook eye. Tie a Snell knot with the short piece of line and clip the line flush to the completed knot. You tie the Snell knot over the primary leader to hold the hook on the primary leader.

Push or pull on the leader to adjust the distance between the two hooks. The Snell knot provides tension to hold the second hook, but it allows the line to slide through the knot with force.

Items you will need

  • Monofilament line
  • Line clippers
  • 2 bait hooks


  • Tie a second Snell knot on the second hook for additional tension. The double knot is useful for large diameter leaders and heavy fish.

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