How To Make A Sabiki Rig For Catching Bait [Quickest & Easiest Method]

By: Luke Simonds on September 22, 2016
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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).

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An example of a homemade Sabiki Rig with 4 hooks and detachable weight

Here’s a quick list of common baitfish that gets caught on sabiki rigs:

  • Threadfin
  • Cigar Minnows
  • Pinfish
  • Grunts
  • Croakers
  • Greenbacks
  • Whitebait
  • Pigfish
  • Squirlfish

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:

items for a sabiki rig

The core 3 ingredients for a Sabiki rig are shown in this picture

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).

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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.

What do you think?

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Any other ideas on how you make your own Sabiki rigs?

Let me know in the comments.

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Gary Inouye

Can I use Size 10 Brass Bait Holder Hooks with 15 lb. pound test fishing line. Also, using #BB size Removable Slip Shot Sinkers right next to every make shift fishing loops with Brass Snap Safety Swivels. The fishing loops will not come undone. To make the home made Sabiki Rig without putting on the little plastic flags. Can I use any frozen fishing bait from Mackerel to Squid.

Clayton Lorenz

Thanks for making this video. I lost 2 store bought sabikis today out at the skyway north fishing up greenbacks. 1 was a marathon which was only 2$ at Walmart but I needed another one on an emergency but at the pier bait shop. Was not expecting to pay 6$ for it! With this new found knowledge I’ll be making my own! Thanks for the video! Tight lines brotha!

David Atkins

Yes, great video for catching live bait fish, you guys ROCK!

Gary Neumann
Gary Neumann

You guys Rock…great video Luke.

Bruce Hickman

Excellent video. You took the time to provide all the detailed information so it is easy to make one myself. One variation to the tiny Gulp bait. I buy an inexpensive package of scent strips and cut them in 1/4″ squares to use these pieces. Unlike the Gulp bait that can dry up and reduce it’s effectiveness, the scent piece is very durable lasting a long time for very little expense.

Michael Avera
Michael Avera

Good video Luke, I started making rigs simular to this about 15 years ago. I grew up fresh water fishing in south GA and saltwater around the panhandle , never was all that good with a cast net, I always thought of pin fish as nothing but a salt water bream, so I would use the same small gold hooks tipped with bait to catch them like we did in the fresh water for bream. Never run out of bait while spending the day drifting grass flats. Thanks the gulp bait tip, definitely will increase the catching verses rebaiting ratio.

Dennis Montgomery

Luke, you guyz rock. Love the tip, got a phone call from the Sabiki brothers today, and the aren’t real happy with you! Keep ’em coming.

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Richard Vila

Love your videos, keep them coming. See you out there sometime Salt Strong!

Mark Frank

Another great lesson, thanks. One question though, does the orientation of the hook matter when you are first threading the eyes?

Angela Sanders

where can I get one of those Salt Strong credit card knifes? and thanks for the Sabiki Rig demo.

Scott Hogan
Scott Hogan

Thanks Luke, great video and tip!

Nick Ramos


Gene Hammond

What a great video!!! I never really thought of making my own… thanks!!


Very practical and simple. I’ve been tying rigs with a dropper loop. The threading of the hooks before tying and use of the surgeons loop is much guicker and easier.

Thomas Ross

Well done! Thanks.