Monday, January 31, 2011

Fishing rigs

80% of the time I use the drop shot rig while fishing in the bays of San Diego. The drop shot rig is a well known rig for use in freshwater fishing, but it can also be very productive in saltwater fishing. Some of my most successful days fishing were done with the drop shot rig. Here is a picture of what the drop shot rig looks like...

How to tie the drop shot rig: First tie on the hook using a palomar knot (Make sure you leave enough spare line to tie on the sinker). Also, make sure the hook is sitting in the upright position. Then simply tie on the sinker 10 to 12 inches below the hook. It's a good idea to leave a space of 10 to 12 inches between the hook and sinker to ensure the bait stays in the "strike zone". 

The other rig that I like to use for fishing use the Carolina rig. The Carolina rig consist of an egg sinker, bead, swivel and hook. I like to use the Carolina rig for fishing live or cut bait. It is also a common rig used in surf fishing. 

How to tie the Carolina rig: First guide the fishing line through the holes of the sinker. Then slide the bead onto the line. Tie on the swivel. Now get another piece of fishing line (I prefer using flourocarbon line) and tie one end to the swivel. I like to tie on the hook about 12 inches from the swivel, but its really up to you on how long you want the line. 

1 comment:

  1. Hi Nate,
    What weights and hook sizes do you usually use for your drop shot and carolina rigs?