Best Cut Bait Rig (Cross Between A Knocker Rig & Fish Finder Rig)
Using cut bait is one of the best strategies to catch big fish, especially bull redfish and big black drum.
You can cast it out near structure or deeper water, let it sit on the bottom, and let the scent attract the fish to it.
But to do that effectively, you need to have your cut bait rigged properly.
In this video, I’m going to show you my favorite rig for cut bait.
It’s sort of like a mix between a knocker rig and a fish finder rig, but with a twist.
Check out the video below to see why I like it, what some potential downfalls of using it are, and how to tie it.
Best Cut Bait Rig [VIDEO]
Advantages Of This Cut Bait Rig
I like this rig because it’s compact.
Since the weight can slide all the way up to the hook, you can cast it farther than if the weight was on the other side of the swivel.
Just make sure that the rod is loaded up as you swing it back and then lob it into the strike zone.
Another advantage of it being compact is that there’s less of a chance of your line getting tangled when you cast it out, drop it down, or when it’s sitting on the bottom.
And finally, since the egg sinker can reach your hook, if you get snagged just let some slack in your line and then pull it tight.
The sinker will knock against the hook, potentially knocking it loose.
Potential Downfalls Of This Rig
No rigs are perfect and the biggest potential downfall of this rig is that if you get broken off by a fish above the swivel, then the fish essentially has an anchor attached to it with the hook, leader, weight and swivel.
To stop this from happening, I highly recommend going lighter on your leader than your mainline so that one of your leader knots will break before your mainline knot and the fish won’t get stuck dragging the egg sinker around.
If you’re going after big fish, this means you’ll likely need to up your mainline.
Also, this rig isn’t meant for drifting, it’s meant for casting into the strike zone and letting your bait soak on the bottom.
If drifting your bait into the strike zone is your strategy, you might want to choose another rig.
How To Tie This Cut Bait Rig
Here’s how to tie this rig:
Step 1: Attach a swivel to your mainline with a palomar knot.
Step 2: Attach your leader to the swivel with a trilene knot.
Step 3: Slide an egg sinker onto your leader.
The size of the sinker will depend on water depth and current.
The size of the hook depends on how big of bait you’re using.
This is my go-to rig when I’m using cut bait for big black drum and bull redfish because it lets me cast far and decreases the chance my line will get tangled.
What’s your favorite cut bait rig?
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