How to Tie a Surf Fishing Rig

How to Tie a Surf Fishing Rig
Surf fishing is a great alternative to going out on the open seas--and it's much cheaper. But setting up a surf fishing rig is a little different than preparing a line and bait for freshwater fishing. Part of that is in anticipation of more aggressive fish, and another consideration is the surf itself and the tension the line will endure because of both the surf and the current. A surf fishing rig differs from freshwater rigs most in its use of different baits to accommodate saltwater fish as well as the more frequent use of swivels to help reduce tension.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Fishing rod
  • Hook
  • Monofilament line (on rod)
  • Fluorocarbon line (extra spool)
  • Swivel
  • Sinker
  • Bait
  • Knife
Step 1
Tie a snap or ball swivel to the monofilament line running from your fishing rod using a clinch or palomar knot.
Step 2
Take a 2-inch piece of monofilament or fluorocarbon line and tie it to the eye of the snap or ball swivel tied to the fishing rod line. At the other end tie a sinker using a palomar or clinch knot. The best type of sinker to use is one with a rounded bottom, so you can drag it easily along the sand. Ball, coin and one-eye sinkers tend to be most effective.
Step 3
Cut a 6- to 8-inch length of fluorocarbon line from the spool. Fluorocarbon is ideal for fishing because it has almost the exact same refractive qualities as water, making it almost invisible to fish. Tie this line to the free end of your swivel using one of the aforementioned knots.
Step 4
Tie a hook onto the other end of the fluorocarbon line using a palomar knot. The palomar is considered one of the strongest knots you can make, and it distributes weight on the line evenly so that no part of the line is overburdened with stress and likely to break.
Step 5
Place your bait on the hook.

Tips & Warnings

The best place to cast your bait is just past where the waves start to break. This is where fish congregate in the water and where your rig will be most accessible.

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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