What to look for in saltwater fishing rigs

Saltwater fishing opens up many doors for anglers to enjoy a sport that is loved my men, women and children all over the world. You have the opportunity to fish from the shore or venture out to the deeper parts of the water. Some of the most popular species that stay near the shore are bluefish, flounder, stripers, sea bass and drum but there are many more to seek out that can be caught of all sizes.
One of the things that makes saltwater fishing so fun is that it’s full of surprises. You never really know what kind of fishing trip you’ll have until you get started. Even when the fish are not biting very well, you are still sure to have a great time spending the day in such an interesting environment. This is why saltwater fishing is so popular for all types of anglers. It’s fun, exciting and unpredictable.
Many experienced anglers use rigs to saltwater fish because they can help you catch more fish. They help to keep the bait more secure in the rough water and some types of rigs allow you to fish with two or three different baits at once. If you’ve never used fishing rigs in the past, it would be to your advantage to try them. They are very beneficial and can make a difference in the amount of success you have when saltwater fishing.
What to Look for When Choosing Fishing Rigs
The fishing rig is a very simple piece of gear but they can make a big difference so you want to make sure you get the best ones for your fishing trips. To get the most from using saltwater fishing rigs make sure you use quality materials. For example, the fishing line that you tie the rig to should be strong enough to handle the species of fish you’re seeking out. This line will be different thickness but what matters is the grade of line used. You don’t want your rig breaking as soon as pressure is place on it.
The hooks need to be the right size for the thickness of the line and it must be sharp or this will hinder your fishing trip. The sinkers need to be the right weight to keep your rig on the bottom but not so heavy that it interferes with your fishing technique. Use the lightest weight possible that will get the job done. Use good quality swivels that will work correctly and choose your bait based on the size rig you’re using and the species you’re seeking out.
When securing a rig to your main fishing line, use a knot that will not come loose and crimp the ends. Learn to tie them correctly and use the right one for the job. For example, a Palomar knot is the best choice for attaching hooks and the dropper loops are effective when adding leaders and weights.
Choosing good quality rigs will ensure you get the most from your fishing trip. If you use poor quality rigs they can break easily or they won’t perform correctly. Either way, it will prevent you from getting as many bites and reeling in a good catch so make sure you look for the best quality and you should have a great fishing trip.
Types of Saltwater Fishing Rigs
The different types of saltwater fishing rigs range from the simple to the very complex. If you’re not familiar with using rigs, you can start out with one of the simple designs and as you become more experienced, try some of the more complicated ones. Here are some of the most popular saltwater rigs used today:
* The circle hook rig- This is the simplest and easiest one to use.
* The dropper rig- This one allows you to fish two different baits at once.
* The sliding trace rig- Use this rig if you’re fishing from a charter boat around reefs. These don’t get tangled up as easily as some of the others do so, you can find more time fishing instead of messing with your fishing line.
* The two-hook pilchard rig- This rig works great when fishing around the shoreline and beach area or from a boat and it can be used in most all situations.
* The floating bead trace rig- This one is an excellent choice when surf fishing.
Some of the other rigs often used when saltwater fishing include the ledger, kingfish, snapper and ballyhoo rigs.
Different rigs are designed for certain types of fishing so you want to choose the right one for the technique you plan to use. Some work best when surf fishing, others will work better when trolling. If you choose the wrong rig, it can hinder your fishing by reducing the number of bites you receive. Once you choose the right rig for the job, you’re ready to head out to do some saltwater fishing.

Daniel Eggertsen
Dan Eggertsen is a fellow saltwater fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on saltwater fishing since 2004.

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