Choosing the correct rig for any given shore or boat fishing situation can be a hassle because there are so many variations.
It is fair to say, though, that the mono paternoster designs are still the best for shore anglers, while running leggers dominate the boat scene.
Most anglers start by buying ready-made rigs and progress to making their own.
Your own rigs are best made at home and should feature a 80lb test swivel or clip at the top for attaching the rig to a link on the end of the shockleader. This also allows you to change a rig you have reeled in with one you have baited up after casting out, and this quick-change method is known as double patting.
- Rig making is a lot easier if you have the correct tools to begin with. To get started, you will need a steel ruler, some crimping pliers, a pair of scissors, long-nosed pliers, craft knife and pair of nail clippers.
- Avoid making hook snoods from every light line; 15-40lb is ideal, As a rule, don't go below 20lb.
- Use 20lb line or Power Gum for making stop knots.
- Use the same breaking strain of line for your rig body and the casting shockleader. Remember, the standard leader formula is 10lb of breaking strain for every 1oz of lead weight being cast, such as 670lb for a 6oz sinker.
- Prevent tangles by ensuring the clip or swivel at the top of the rig is clear of the top hook snood.
- Special springs can be used to provide tension for clipped rigs and thus prevent the fishing hooks falling off the bait clips during the cast.
- It is essential to use bait stops on clipped rigs to prevent your bait being forced up the snood and away from the hook by air pressure.
- Swivels joining the trace to the shockleader must be at least 80lb test, while snood swivels can be around 40lb.
- Snood swivels are trapped on a mono rig body by two beads and crimps, although Power Gum stop knots can be used as alternatives.
- Set snood lengths so that they don't overlap and tangle.
- Crimples must made of soft brass, and the internal diameter must be the same as the line being used. Don't close crimps with pliers, but use a proper crimping tool. Don't squeeze the crimp too tight otherwise you could damage the line.
- Match the hook to the size of the bait and fish being sought.
- Store your rigs separately otherwise they will tangle.'
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