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Friday, January 12, 2001

TUTORIAL[12]: Basic fishing rigs

Fishing rigs are if you may, some kind of standard pattern to target different types of fish. It is like a certain kind of configuration that is proven to work for a variety for catches. There are many kind of fishing rig in the world, some are even regional and some are more for different kinds of fishing. eg luring.

IMO, there are 2 general fishng rig (1-2) for beginners to know. (3-5) are more specialized rigs.

Apollo rig

1. Apollo (aka Paternoster) rig - Single line with 2 short lines with hooks. Weight goes to the bottom.

Mainline -> Swivel -> Apollo rig 3 feet leader with 2 side extension of 1 ft to 2 hooks) -> sinker (weight)

This is a general purpose rig and used in times when the current is not too strong. It has 2 hooks to maximise the chance of targetting fishes at different level of the water column. Possibility of getting mid-water feeder is quite high.

2. Long snood bottom feeder rig

Long snood bottom feeder (LSBF)

Mainline -> swivel -> 3.5ft leader with a 3 ft side externsion to a single hook -> sinker

This rig is meant for times when the current is strong. Due to the strong current, the bait will drift and flutter in the current, and make the bait looks more alive. As the name suggests, to target bottom feeder.

3. Running sinker.

Mainline (with sinker threaded in) -> swivel -> 3 ft of leader to a single hook.

This rig is a variation of the long snood bottom feeder rig (lsbf). As the sinker is a "running" one, there is less resistance for the fish when they pick your biat. Sometimes, this can offer better chances of catches, depending on the species.

4. Hong Kong hooks/jigheads

Mainline -> swivel -> 3 ft of leader -> jighead/hongkong hooks.

Suitable for rocky areas.

5. Floating rig.

Mainline -> float -> 3 ft of leader -> single hook.

This is meant for targeting surface fishes. Some use a line to thread through the float to offer less resistance, allowing the fish to run and swallow the hook.

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