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The right rigging for the right fish and conditions. Thats the only way to think about what and how is attached to your pole.

Everyone's got favorites, but here are a few different types of riggings you should consider:

Common Line Riggings

Texas Rigging:

Use brass sinker and glass bead for increased sound and visual. Bedding bass respond aggresively to this. Flip and Pitch this rig in heavier cover to land it in front of bass.
Contribute Last edited by Justin on 07/06/06

Split Shot Rigging:

Draws strikes from neutral or negative Bass. Like Carolina Rigging, giving plastics an enticing gliding horizontal fall.
Contribute Last edited by Justin on 07/06/06

Carolina Rigging:

Sometimes triggers bass a Texas rig wont. Use shorter leader in fall/winter, longer in late spring/summer. A slow retrieve pulls the lure along bottom, where it darts and glides as the sinker's pulled. It settles horizontally when the rig is paused. This action differs from the nose-first dive of a Texas rig or jigworm.
Contribute Last edited by Justin on 07/06/06

Wacky Rigging:

This rig has been winning tournaments for over 20 years. To bass, the look is appealing. Two ends of worm alternately flex. Fish weightless around timber, boat docks, or shallow cover. Can be skipped with ease under overhead cover on spinning tackle. Nail in head makes it stand vertical during cold conditions.
Contribute Last edited by Justin on 07/06/06

Fish Finder Rigging:

Usually using a snell hook to a short leader, the shorter the better for casting. The weight that is attached is able to move (slide) along the main line.Allows bait to distance itself from the sinker in the appropiate conditions and so fish can take line, hook and bait without feeling resistance of sinker. a cork ball can be used to keep the bait off the bottom.
Contribute Last edited by Justin on 07/26/06

Triangle Trolling Rig:

Uses dipsey sinker on weak line to get depth and allow easy break off if sinker snags.
Contribute Last edited by Justin on 07/06/06

Combo Rigging:

Offers fish a choice of two lures - a surface plug trailed by a small spoon.
Contribute Last edited by Justin on 07/06/06

Natural/Live Bait Rigs

Rigging A Mullet / Baitfish

There are several ways to rig you mullet, and the decision on which way to rig, depends on the type of fishing you will be doing. If you are choosing to suspend you mullet beneath bobber, the best idea is to hook them just forward of the dorsal fin. This will give them a balanced look that best suits this technique. Other ways to rigg the mullet are to hook them on the underside, just in front of the tail, this generally leads them to swimming to and along the bottom, but can be a flimsy rigg and not too durable. The best way to rigg your mullet is either thru both the upper and bottom lips or to hook them thru the eyes. This is the most widely used technique as it allows for the best swimming and durability of the bait.
Contribute Last edited by Mike on 07/26/06

Rigging A Mullet For Bluefish

Bluefish are known to be tail strikers, The object is to present the mullet in such a way to use this to your advantage. A simple hook in the tail is a flimsy and non durable hook, nor does it present the Mullet in its natural form. The bluefish rig is a leader running into the mouth of the mullet and along the spine, existing the mullet aft the anal opening and out just under and forward of the tail. A half treble hook, or a two hook angle is attached here, you can suspend the mullet beneath a bobber or freeline it. If you are getting hits but no hook ups, try hooking the mullet conventially through the lips or eyes. The best chance though, and largest hook up ratio for catching a bluefish with mullet is the rig with the double hook presented out the tail.
Contribute Last edited by Mike on 07/26/06

Rigging A Ballyhoo

First of all, it is best if you use medium to large Ballyhoo, as their size is more condusive to this type of rigging. Start out by thawing your ballyhoo if they are frozen, you can either set them out in a cool place the night before you head out or soak them in water if time is of the essence. Once thawed, run your finger along the belly of the Ballyhoo from the pelvic fin (head) to the anal fin (tail) repeatedly applying continous pressure. What you are doing is clearing the Hoo's intestines, Stomach and GI tract. As you get to the anal fin you will see the contents of his belly and such releasing from the anus. Once reasonably cleaned out, You run a rigging needle thru the anus, up the body cavity and out of his mouth, take caution to come directly out the mouth via the throat and not get cadi-wompas and accidentally shoot out his eye socket or anywhere else, Once the needle is out his mouth and anus, attach a beaded chain hook to the needle at the anus and thread the chain thru the fish, leaving only the hook pertruding from the anus. Make sure as not to bunch the Ballyhoo up on the chain, but keep him loose along the threading. This prevents spinning in the water as you troll. Take the needle off the chain and use it to make a hole from under the jaw, out the top of his head between the eyes. Run a length of copper rigging wire thru this hole. Secure the lips and jaws on a bead and use the copper wire to bind the mouth shut at the selected bead, taking note to both wind the fishes mouth and the bead securely so the fish wont take water and wash out or slip down the beaded chain. You are now ready to attach a length of leader wire to the beaded chain.
The leader is made by using a 2-3 foot length with a haywire twist at the top and another to connect the beaded chain also using a haywire twist, your trolling skirt will fit along this leader and come over the top of the head of the ballyhoo when done.
Contribute Last edited by Mike on 07/06/06

Rigging Shrimp

Live Shrimp

Live shrimp can be rigged in a couple of different ways, the most important part of rigging a live shrimp is not to hook thru the black blob behind the head, this is the shrimps brain, and if hooked will kill your shrimp. Most anglers prefer to hook just behind this black blob, thru the hard casing of the body, so the tail can still flip and give a natural appearance. Hook the shrimp upright so he is not dangling upside down with fett twittering in the air, this is not a natural position for a shrimp. Another way of rigging is to thread the tail meaty section, Startin at the tail, run your hook thru the meat of the tail and out before the legs. This is a more durable rigg, but looses the natural mobility of the shrimp. I prefer to use the first method.
Contribute Last edited by Mike on 07/06/06

Tail First Shrimp Rig

An alternative way to rig live or dead shrimp is the put the hook through the hard shell of the tail first, side to side. Take the point of the hook as it curves out and put it back through the middle of the shrimp's hard shell, again, right through the side. Finally, take the point and pierce through the top of the shell or the hard shell of the head if you prefer to leave it intact. This "threading" will keep a shrimp securely on your hook in even the roughest of surf.
Contribute Last edited by Terry on 07/09/06

Frozen Or Dead Shrimp

Hold the shrimp in one hand and with the other, grasp onto and twist the head off just in front of the legs. Take your hook and insert it where the head used to be and run it inside the shrimp, the length of the remaing body and out just before the end of the tail. This way, the shrimp is presented in more lure like fashion, will stay on the hook more securely and give better hook ups as the entire shrimp in rigged and cant be stolen easily without getting the point of the hook.
Contribute Last edited by Mike on 07/09/06

Rigging Sand Fleas

These little buggers are great for the Pompano runs. You may purchase sand fleas frozen, or as I prefer, Catch them along the beach with a Sand Flea rake or your bare hands. Look for a patch of 'V's in the sand to locate a cluster and dig away. The guys move around backwards, The small tapered end that trails their movement is actually their head. Hook thru their shell at the fatter of the two ends and you'll be fine.
Contribute Last edited by Mike on 07/06/06

Rigging Crabs

Rigging crabs is quite easy, some anglers like to remove the claws of the crab prior to use, but this is for the comfort of the angler, and I prefer to keep them on, just a bit more realistic if you ask me. Take the crab and grip him from behind in the middle of the shell, in this position the crab cannot turn on you and snip you with his claws. Hook the crab from the underside to upper thru the back corner of the shell where it will hold secure. Now you are ready to fish your crab either freelined or under a float.
Contribute Last edited by Mike on 07/26/06

Rigging Earthworms

Worms can be used for both saltwater and freshwater. The difference is that salt water uses blood and sand worms rather than earth and compost worms. Its pretty straight forward, There are two different ways to do it. If using smaller hooks you can piece the earthworm by cutting it up and either threading bits on or hook them side ways along the chank, try to end with and "end" piece and use the barb and point to finish out the end of the earthwork.
If you are using larger worm, or wish to keep them alive, hooke the worm several times thru, but leave plent of tail at the end od the hook by the point for the tial to wriggle and act as an attractant.
Contribute Last edited by Mike on 07/26/06

Rigging Crickets / Grasshoppers

If you are not worried about killing your bait, you can thread it on the hook much like you would any other baits or artificials. The best prentation is to have the cricket or grasshopper still alive. This can be acomplished by hooking them through the abdomen, making sure to avoid the head and the forward section, as this is where all the vital organs are. The best way to keep them alive, although time consuming, is to tie them to the shank of a hook very gently, but secure.
Contribute Last edited by Mike on 07/26/06

Rigging Minnows

Hooking a minnow can be accomplished three ways, depending on what type of presentation you choose. If you are going to troll or retrieve your minnow contantly, you need to hook them thru the lips. If you are going to use them beneath a float or in combination with a sinker, Hooking them throught the back is the best set, as long as you avoid the spine. If you wish to freeline your minnow, hooking them thru tha tail allows for the best swimming.
Contribute Last edited by Mike on 07/26/06

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