Best Live Bait Rigs For Inshore Fishing (To Rig Shrimp, Pinfish, Mullet)
One of the biggest mistakes people make when fishing with live bait is not rigging them correctly.
Live bait fishing is all about presentation.
You want your bait to look natural.
But if you rig it incorrectly, the fish are going to know something is off.
So in this video, you’ll learn what my top three favorite inshore live bait fishing rigs are, how to tie them, and why you NEVER want to buy pre-tied rigs from the store.
Check it out below!
Top 3 Live Bait Rigs [VIDEO]
Why You Never Want To Buy Pre-Tied Rigs From The Store
Store-bought rigs are a waste of money!
And even worse, they’re probably costing you fish.
Most rigs from the store have extra flashy stuff on them to get anglers to buy them.
But the truth is, some of that flash will scare off fish and cause your bait to look unnatural.
And another reason why you don’t want to buy pre-tied rigs is because you don’t always know what the conditions you’re fishing in will be.
Depending on the depth, current, or bait size, you may need different weights or hook sizes.
What Materials You Need To Tie Your Own Rigs
Effective live bait rigs are simple.
Here’s all you need:
- Leader material. Monofilament or fluorocarbon can work, but unless you’re fishing gin clear water, go with the cheaper mono.
- Hooks. I usually use circle hooks if I’m using live or cut bait, but if I’m using big live bait like mullet or pigfish, and I’m actively fishing, I’ll use a j hook. And remember, the size of the hook depends on the size of the bait, NOT the size of the fish you’re targeting.
- Swivel. I like these SPRO ball bearing swivels.
- Sinker. I prefer egg sinkers and the weight of the sinker will depend on depth and current.
Top 3 Inshore Live Bait Rigs
Here are my three favorite inshore live bait rigs:
Free Line Rig
This simple rig requires just a hook and leader.
If you’re trying to keep your bait on the surface or high in the water column, or you’re fishing in shallow water, this rig is perfect.
Fish Finder Rig
If you’re fishing in deeper water and/or in heavy current, but you want to give your bait some freedom to swim on the bottom, this rig is for you.
First, thread the sinker onto the main line.
Then, tie your main line to the swivel.
Finish it up by tying your leader to the swivel and hook to your leader.
The swivel helps keep your line from getting twisted and it keeps the sinker from sliding down to the bait.
The only con with this rig is that if you try to cast far you’re likely going to get tangled up because of the distance between the hook and the sinker.
So if you’re dropping your bait straight down onto a reef or next to a bridge piling, this is a great rig.
Knocker/Fish Finder Rig Combo
This rig is similar to the fish finder rig, but casts much better.
First, tie your main line to the swivel.
Next, tie your leader to the swivel.
Finally, thread your sinker onto the leader before you tie on your hook.
The difference between this and the fish finder rig above is that the sinker is between the hook and the swivel.
This lets it cast farther and keeps your bait close to the structure because the sinker is blocked by the swivel so the fish can’t free swim.
Knowing how to tie these rigs can save you money and help you catch more fish by presenting your bait naturally.
You can get the materials for these rigs here:
Have any questions about these rigs?
What’s your favorite live bait rig?
Let me know down in the comments.
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