How To Tie The Best Surf Fishing Rig (Saves Time & Catches More Fish)


It’s beach fishing time!!

In this video, I’m going to show you how to tie my favorite rig for surf fishing.

I’ve fished from the beach for many years, have tried a bunch of different rigs, and this one is my favorite by far.

It does take a little bit of extra time up front, but it’s worth it, especially if there are toothy fish like sharks or Spanish mackerel around, or if there are a lot of rocks or other objects to get snagged on.

Before I learned how to tie this rig, if I got broken off, I would have to retie the whole thing, but with this design, if you get broken off, all you have to do is retie one small part of it.

This saves you loads of time on the water, which helps you catch more fish.

Learn how to tie the best rig for surf fishing below.

Best Rig For Surf Fishing [VIDEO]

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This rig is made of a core and three offshoots.

The core is tied with 30 lb leader, and the offshoots are tied with 20 lb leader, so that if you get snagged or hook into a toothy fish, you will lose just the offshoot and not the entire leader.

In the past, I used to tie my dropper rigs with just one piece of leader, but tying them that way causes you to have to retie the whole thing if you lose one part of it.

This way, if anything breaks off, it’s simple to just tie on a new offshoot.

Alright, let’s get into the steps of how to tie this rig.

Step 1: Tie a loop using a double overhand knot at the end of your 30 lb leader.

This will be the bottom of the core.

Step 2: Tie the first dropper loop.

I usually tie this about 10″ from the bottom loop.

Step 3: Tie the second dropper loop.

I usually tie this second loop about 15-20″ above the first loop.

Step 4: Cut the leader about 10-15″ above the top dropper loop.

This is the top of the core and I like to connect this rig to my main line with an FG knot.

Now the core is done and it’s time to work on the offshoots.

Step 5: Tie a perfection loop at the end of your 20 lb leader.

Step 6: Cut the offshoot to about 7-8″ in length.

Step 7: Connect one of the core loops with the offshoot loop using a loop-to-loop connection.

Step 8: Tie a hook on the end of the offshoot with an Orvis knot.

I prefer the Orvis knot here, but other knots will work.

Step 9: Tie on the second offshoot repeating steps 5-8.

Step 10: Using 20 lb leader, tie an Orvis knot to the loop on the bottom of the core.

Step 11: Cut off about 10″ and tie a large perfection loop at the bottom of the offshoot.

This will allow you to loop it over a weight and make it easier to change out weights.

And there you have it!

The ultimate surf fishing rig.


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By tying this rig with a 30 lb core and 20 lb offshoots, if you get snagged, you increase the chances of one of your offshoots breaking off, instead of the core.

Tying it this way helps you spend more time fishing when you’re out on the water, instead of tying rigs.

Have any questions about this rig?

Let me know in the comments below!

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Marshall Schminke
12 days ago

Nice rig. It assumes your main line is around 25 lb, right? (It has to be heavier than the breakaway portions of the leader, but you’d typically want it lighter than the main leader line.)

Robert Bundens
6 months ago

Caught a 2 lbs. pompano using your rig and fishbites.

Bob Pelt
1 year ago

great video. Question is their a place or app I can go to get daily fishing updates for panama city FL 

Robert Janger
1 year ago

Thanks Luke. That’s a good tip about using a combination of 30 lb and 20 lb mono. I’ve always built mine out of one continuous piece of 30 lb mono (like John Skinner) but I have lost entire rigs before. I’m going to start using that 30/20 lb combo and see how it works out.

Robert Janger
1 year ago
Reply to  Luke Simonds

Added bonus! This lets you adjust the height of the bottom dropper off the bottom on the fly by increasing/decreasing the connection to the bottom weight. Now I can get by tying up a few of the core units and adjusting the height to wherever the best bite is taking place for the target species.

George Kalet
1 year ago

Hi Luke, thanks for the tips on building this rig. I’ve been wanting to get out on the beach and this may just push me over the edge. I do have one question though. You’re using 30 lb. test mono for the core, 20 lb. test mono for the sinker and hook drops. You do suggest using braid for the main line, but never mention what the test weight of the main line should be. What are the chances of the main line breaking and losing the whole rig?

Steve Weyl
1 year ago

Luke – have you used this rig for reef fishing with shrimp/cutbait (i.e. for sheepshead, mangs, etc)?

jeffrey walker
1 year ago

Would you ever tie a swivel somewhere up that line for the rig to mainline connection? Rather than using an FG knot.

Bill White
1 year ago

Wow, this is a great dropper rig that makes it easy to retie break-offs! Thanks for the easy to understand video.

Art Heiter
1 year ago

Credit where credit is due… that is a simple clean well thought out rig.

Val Douis
1 year ago

Luke. Interesting and I will use when prepping my pompano rigs with bead and various colored floats. I like the idea that if you get hung up you won’t loss the entire rig. Question at the sinker end why not tie a simple loop knot rather than an orvis as it’s a quicker knot to tie? I did find the orvis knot interesting , but think that I will use the improved cinch for attaching hook.


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