a compilation of reliable rigs, proven by time & results
- Author: Niu Chin Lip
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Post Date: 12.02.2015
Knowledge of rig is equally important as the knot itself. The more rigs one can tie, the more approach he can dish out at his quarry. Therefore any good angler ought to absorb them like a dry sponge to water.
As for the knots shown here, there are two tutorials listed under the Technical section. Knots 1 - The Fundamentals & Knots 2 - Line To Leader.
1. mainline to hook - simple & deadly yet often overlooked. the rig to use for wary fish or if you're new to fishing.
- less likely to get snagged due to its minimalist profile
- almost weightless, ideal for surface approach when using bread
- natural presentation of livebait like small fish for wary feeders
- wacky rig for soft plastic. hook it in the middle to get that fluttering action
- casting distance is somewhat retarded
- casting accuracy is at the mercy of the wind
- higher possibility of line twist when using nylon monofilament
- relatively thin line is used for natural presentation of livebait. not applicable on toothy predators
2. mainline to swivel to leader to hook - 2 variations with sinker are included due to their effectiveness. obviously it's for casting distance while sinker on mainline restricts movement of livebait. sinker on leader will pin floating bait like tapioca leaves to the bottom.
- swivel minimizes line twist
- a wide range of biological baits can be use on this rig
- swivel or sinker can get snagged in between sunken log crevices
- the 2 knots on the swivel can end up as additional weak links if not tied properly
3. feeder - there are many types of feeder out there. shown here is the coiled feeder, which is a coiled up wire in its simplest form. it can be made at home with few simple tools.
- holds more bait to draw in the fish
- more bait means less re-rig & cast, suitable for ultra wary, easily spooked species
- the bait it can hold is not limited to ingredients which breaks up easily. liver, intestines or vegetables can also be applied
- attaching more than 1 hook increases the chance of getting snagged
- not suitable for heavily snagged waters e.g where sunken branches carpet the bottom
4. mainline or leader to duolock snap swivel - works well with a wide range of lures.
- duolock snap's curved & light design give lures their optimal movement
- effortless lure changing throughout the session
- duolock snap may get entangled with the hooks
5. float with stopper knot - a stopper knot can be tied with nylon or rubber band, depending on the diametre of your rod's ring. the bead is intended to stop the float from sliding over the stopper knot.
- adjustable depth without having to re-tie. just slide the stopper knot to the intended depth
- float & bait stays on the same level during cast, this gives distance & accuracy
- almost snag proof - if fish swims into any snag, the float will be forced to slide its way up
- without a swivel, line twist will happen to nylon during a prolonged fight. a simple solution is to add one inches away from the hook. this way casting distance will not be hampered
6. saltwater jigging & popping - heavy duty saltwater lure fishing.
- one rig for two types of fishing
- damaged leader can be trimmed & reuse without having to retie main line to leader knot
- toothy predators like the spanish mackerel can be targeted with the addition of a single strand wire
- split ring is used to connect the lure, eliminating any weak link that may arise from using a snap swivel
- main line to leader knot requires extra effort to tie
7. paternoster or apollo rig - The ever popular saltwater rig.
- learn one rig for three fishing styles. bottom fishing on a boat. catching live bait. surf fishing (for surf fishing trim the length of branches & leader)
- bait can be presented at different depths (not too far from the bottom) when fishing on a boat
- more than one fish can be caught at the same time
- may not be effective for leader shy fish
- tying requires extra effort
- prone to entangling
8. spreader rig - the big fish rig for use in weak or strong currents.
- will not easily spook wary fish as the bait is presented far from the terminal tackle
- a long leader ensures the main line & leader does not become entangled
- like most saltwater rigs, tying requires extra effort