How to Fish With a Bait Rig

How to Fish With a Bait RigFew things are as effective or as commonly used in saltwater fishing as bait rigs. These rigs are best used in the springtime when most fish are feeding rapidly in an effort to gain back mass lost during the winter months. The best baits are natural baits ranging from sandworms, bloodworms and clams to live eels, chub and mackerel. Most seasoned anglers will tell you that using cut bait with a rig will very rarely leave you empty-handed at the end of the day.


Difficulty: Moderate

How to:

Things You’ll Need:
  • Rig
  • Bait
  • Swivel
  • Fishing rod
Step 1
Tie a three-way swivel onto your fishing line, then tie two pieces of line 2-feet long to the other two ends of the swivel. This is to relieve tension on the line and use multiple baits.
Step 2
Tie a hook onto one loose end of string using a palomar knot, then hook your bait onto the hook.
Step 3
Tie a treble hook onto the third loose end of fishing line and hook your bait, preferably a live fish, onto the treble hook through the head.
Step 4
Drop the bait into the water and let the fish swim free. Keep your boat moving and you shouldn't have to worry about reeling in and casting again.

Tips & Warnings

Some people tie a second treble to the first treble using an extra foot of fishing line in order to snag the fish as it attacks the bait. This is becoming less popular, however, as it's seen as an inhumane practice.

Article Written By Jonathan Croswell

Jonathan Croswell has spent more than five years writing and editing for a number of newspapers and online publications, including the "Omaha World-Herald" and "New York Newsday." Croswell received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Nebraska and is currently pursuing a Master's of Health and Exercise Science at Portland State University.

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