Split Shot Rig: Simple, Easy & Quick Rig For Sheepshead
This split shot rig is my favorite rig when I’m targeting sheepshead.
It’s easy to tie, let’s you quickly change weights, and it’s cheap, so it won’t hurt as much when you lose a few rigs on the rocks and docks.
And not to mention — it works!
In this video, you’ll learn how to tie this rig and what materials you’ll need, plus see some fun sheepshead catching footage.
Let’s dive in!
Split Shot Rig For Sheepshead [VIDEO]
Here’s what you’ll need for this rig:
- Leader. I use this 20 lb. mono leader.
- Hook. I like the 2/0 Owner Mosquito hooks when targeting sheepshead.
- Split shots. The weight of the split shots depends on the depth and current you’re fishing.
To tie this rig, first tie your leader to your hook using your favorite snug knot (I use a fisherman’s knot).
Then, put the split shot about 3-4″ up from your hook.
The farther the split shot is from your hook, the less likely you are to feel the bite, which makes it more likely that the sheepshead will steal your bait.
That’s why I like to keep it close to the hook — sometimes I’ll even have the split shot touching the hook.
Once the split shot is in place, squeeze it tight with pliers to keep it there.
As I mentioned earlier, this rig is especially great because the split shot lets you change weights so quickly.
In the video above, I was fishing deeper water at first, so I had a #4 split shot on and was dropping straight down.
Later, we went to some shallow rocks and I had a #7 split shot on so I could have a more natural presentation in the shallower water.
(Keep in mind, the heavier the split shot, the lower the number.)
The split shot rig is my favorite rig for sheepshead because it’s so versatile and easy to tie.
I target sheepshead in various depths throughout the day and using split shots makes it easy to change weights.
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