Simple Sheepshead Rig (Great For Sight Fishing & Heavy Structure)

By: Tony Acevedo on February 5, 2020
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If you target sheepshead, then you need to have this rig in your arsenal.

It’s the simplest rig for sheepshead (and many other species), but it’s very effective, especially if you’re sight casting to them, or if they keep breaking you off and you need to keep retying.

It’ll take you less than a minute to tie, plus you can use it with or without a weight, depending on current and what depth the sheepshead are feeding.

Want to learn how to tie this simple sheepshead rig?

Watch the video below!

Simple Sheepshead Rig [VIDEO]

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Here’s what you need for this rig:

There are three steps to tying this rig:

Step 1: Stretch out the leader material

Stretching it out will make it easier to work with, plus it will take the coils out, so the leader will reflect less light.

Step 2: Tie on the hook

I mostly use snug knots with this rig, and in this video I used a trilene knot.

Check out this article to learn about the best knots for every situation.

Step 3: Attach the split shot (if necessary)

If you’re sight casting to sheepshead, if the water is very shallow, or if they’re near the top of the water column, you likely won’t have to use a split shot.

But if they’re near the bottom, I’d put a split shot on about 6-12 inches above the hook.

Conclusion

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If you’re sight casting to sheepshead, or if you keep getting broken off, this simple sheepshead rig is perfect.

Have any questions about this rig?

Let me know in the comments below!

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Matt Price
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straight off my rod, my favorite way to target sheepshead. except that crazy knot. lighter hook and pinch sinker make it easier to unsnag without having to retie the fg knot

Pedro Carrillo
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Tony QQ, when you cut the tag, do you leave it that long? I have been cutting too short, I think. Thanks.