Live Bait Rigs: Best Overall Rig For Inshore Fishing (And The Worst Rig)
Today, you’re going to see the best overall rig for live bait that catches all sorts of inshore fish, from redfish and trout, to snook and flounder, and much more.
One problem that many anglers make is that they spend all sorts of time and money on their rod, reel, or even boat, and don’t worry about the simplest, yet potentially most important part of their setup: how they rig their bait.
People go out and buy pre-tied rigs from the store that are bulky and flashy, not knowing that these rigs are costing them loads of fish!
So in this video, you’re going to learn how to tie this simple live bait rig that catches a ton of fish.
And not only does it work well, but it’s also cheaper than the store-bought rigs!
Check it out below.
P.S. Not only will you learn how to tie it, but you’ll also see how it looks underwater compared to the store-bought rigs — huge difference!!
How To Tie the Best Overall Live Bait Rig [VIDEO]
When you’re tying rigs for saltwater fish, simpler is better.
Here’s how to tie the best overall live bait rig:
Step 1: Tie your leader to your main line
We recommend using an FG knot to connect these two lines (see how to tie the FG knot here), but you can also use a swivel if you have to.
As for the leader, 2′ of 20 lb. fluorocarbon will catch most inshore fish.
Step 2: Tie a #1 octopus hook to the end of your leader
Be sure to go with a quality brand of hook, such as Gamakatsu or Owner, because you want a sharp and strong hook that’s able to easily penetrate the fish’s mouth.
A quality #1 hook is small enough for sheepshead, yet strong enough for big snook.
Step #3: Put a split shot about 1′ up from the hook.
The weight of the split shot depends on how deep you’re fishing — the deeper the water, the heavier the split shot.
Although pre-tied rigs are convenient, they’re not good for catching fish.
Sure, you may fool a scent-driven fish, like a catfish, but you’re missing out on game fish such as redfish, trout, and snook.
The rig in this video will help you catch more fish, plus it’s super simple to tie and cheaper than store-bought rigs.
Want more tips about how to catch fish with live bait?
Keep an eye out for our new course, Underwater Bait Forensics, which shows exactly how different live baits act underwater, and how you can maximize your time fishing.
It’ll be available on August 19th at SaltStrong.com/Products.
Have any questions about tying live bait rigs?
Let us know in the comments below.
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