How To Make A Sabiki Rig For Catching Bait [Quickest & Easiest Method]
By: Luke Simonds on September 22, 2016
It’s DIY Sabiki Rig Time!
The sabiki rig is the most popular of all assemblies for quickly catching quality baitfish by hook and line.
It’s been around forever, and it is so easy that even your young kids can enjoy it.
What’s a Sabiki rig?
A Sabiki rigs consist of a series of small hooks that are attached to a single line with a weight on the end and they can be extremely effective in catching many good baitfish in a short time span (sometimes 5+ at a time).
Here’s a quick list of common baitfish that gets caught on sabiki rigs:
- Cigar Minnows
But the major drawback of sabiki rigs is that they are very hazardous on the boat given that the many small hooks are prone to catching any clothing or skin that happens to get too close.
Also, they can be quite expensive and often get just one day of use due to how difficult they are to store.
Fortunately, these rigs are very easy to make with just the basic ingredients shown below:
What you need to make a DIY Sabiki Rig:
- Small, gold hooks (we use size 8 Mustad hooks)
- Monofilament line (10 lb test works great)
- Weight (1/4th oz to 3/4th oz depending on depth)
- [Optional] Berkley Gulp or Squid
On top of the money savings you get from making your own sabiki rigs, you also are able to quickly construct them whenever needed and quickly take them apart when done so that you can recycle hooks across many rigs without having to keep them on your rod (which often leads to lots of frustration due to all of the hooks flying around).
Note: The other solution is to buy a “Sabiki Rod” which is a hollow tube that hides the hooks when not in use (often costing $50 or more).
How To Make A Sabiki Rig
The steps and equipment for making a sabiki rod are so basic that it allows for any angler to be able to make one with little effort.
Because this rig can be completed with just some small hooks, monofilament line, a weight, and the use of 1 knot (the Surgeon’s knot shown at the 2:26 mark in the video below).
Click on the box below to see exactly how to tie a sabiki rig from start to finish:
Note: You’ll also learn a trick that will ensure you catch a bunch of bait (even more than traditional store-bought rigs).
Given how easy sabiki rigs are to tie and can be extremely effective in quickly catching top quality bait, I recommend that everyone has some small gold hooks, weights, and a spool of light mono leader in their tackle box.
With the ingredients on hand, it’ll ensure that you’ll be able to catch bait when the need arises without having to worry about having to deal with a store-bought rig.
Best of all, it only requires knowing just one basic knot (Surgeon’s knot) for all of its connections.
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