How To Tie A Dropper Rig (The Quick & Easy Way)


In this video, I’m going to show you how to tie a dropper rig so you can catch more sheepshead and mangrove snapper (plus a ton of other species).

One of the best ways to catch these fish is by fishing with live bait, like shrimp or fiddler crabs, on the bottom, and one of my favorite ways to rig them is with a dropper rig.

However, many people tie this rig the wrong way, which leads to them getting easily broken off by big fish.

Watch the video below to see step-by-step instructions on how to tie this rig the quick and easy way.


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Here’s how to tie the dropper rig step by step:

Step 1: Form a loop about 2 feet long

dropper rig loop

Step 2: Pinch the line about 2/3 of the way to the end of the loop

dropper rig step by step

Step 3: Tie 3 or 4 overhand knots at the pinch

dropper rig tutorial

Step 4: Cut one side of the loop so that it’s no longer a loop

dropper rig for sheepshead

Step 5: Tie a loop on the tag end for the weight

dropper rig for mangrove snapper

Note: be sure to tie this loop on the end that’s not inline with the mainline. That is the stronger part of the rig and is where you tie the hook.

Step 6: Attach a weight to the loop by putting the loop through the eye of the weight and looping it around the weight

inshore dropper rig

Step 7: Tie the hook onto the rig

dropper rig step by step

Note: make sure that the hook is above the weight like in the picture above.



Using shrimp, fiddler crabs, or sand fleas is a great way to catch sheepshead, snapper, or other game fish that hang out near structure.

There are many ways to rig them, but the dropper rig is one of my favorites.

What’s your favorite rig for fishing live bait near structure?

Have any questions about using the dropper rig?

Let me know in the comments below.

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Steven K
7 months ago

Why cut the sinker loop just to tie another loop on it again? Why not just use the initial loop to tie on the sinker?

Joseph Ferut
1 year ago

What type of rod do you use? The 7.5 TMO seems good, but not rated for 2-3 Oz. Weights.

Steve Miller
1 year ago

Wouldn’t a three way swivel simplify this even more??

Timothy Weddle
1 year ago

From AZ not much water had to find the drop shot rig !!In the AM it’s on small us!!

Norm Oleson
2 years ago

Your video is a real gem. Both the presentation and technique are excellent. Those new to tying dropper loop rigs should kiss your ring as this is the simplest method I have found in years of searching. For non believers check the internet. It is littered with dozens of DIY videos that require the dexterity of a surgeon plus the patience few anglers posses or surrender to the use of the ultimate insult . . the peg board.

Richard Fiorentino
2 years ago

If you put the weight on before you cut the loop, you can’t confuse the two lines.

Greg Prevatt
2 years ago

What a simple way to tie a dropper rig. I always thought it looked like such a complicated setup.
I could see this working well in deeper offshore waters for Lane Snapper, Triggers, Mangrove, etc as well.

Richard Shepherd
2 years ago

Great demo Tony,
I would add at the beginning of the knot tying when you lay the lines side by side take a highlighter or sharpie ,rub it on the main line so when you cut the end for the hook you know witch end is not relying on a knot.
I’m hope this was ok.

Russell Lacoste
2 years ago

Good video on the dropper rig, do you add a second dropper? Showing the rod with the heavy cord is a wonderful idea for us guys with less than perfect eyesight.

Michael Van Laanen
3 years ago

What do you use for bait on this rig when going after bait fish??

Michael Van Laanen
3 years ago
Reply to  Tony Acevedo

Thanks Tony.


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