How to Tie Fish Finder Rigs for Fluke

How to Tie Fish Finder Rigs for Fluke
Fluke or flounder are flat and oval shaped fish that are typically found along the bottom of brackish waters and hug the sand just beyond the breakers of the surf. A popular and tasty saltwater fish for eating, flounder require that the bait be presented along the bottom where they feed. Tying a bottom finder rig requires only a few items and can be easily accomplished by most anglers who enjoy making their own rigs, or who are looking to save money.

Instructions

Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Monofilament fishing line
  • Sinker slide
  • Two-ounce pyramid or bank weight
  • Bead
  • Barrel swivel
  • Sharp scissors
  • No. 8 or larger circle hook
Step 1
Cut a 12- to 15-inch length of line from the end of the main fishing line with a pair of sharp scissors. This will be used to form part of the fish finding rig.
Step 2
Place a sinker slide onto the end of your main line followed by a bead. The bead will be between the sinker slide and the end of your line. The bead will prevent the slide from rubbing against the knot and possible causing fraying or damage.
Step 3
Attach a barrel swivel to the end of your main line with a uni knot. The barrel swivel will be attached to the end of the line with the bead and then the sinker slide above it. Feed three to four inches of line through the eye of the barrel swivel. Pull the end up alongside the main line to form a double line. Hold the doubled line in place and turn the end down forming a loop. Wrap the free end of the line around the doubled line and through the loop four times. Moisten the knot, pull down tight and trim excess from the free end of the line with scissors.
Step 4
Attach the short length of line that you cut from the main line at the start to the opposite eye of the swivel. Use a uni knot to attach the line to the swivel by following the instructions in step three. Moisten the knot, pull down tight and trim excess from the free end of the line with sharp scissors.
Step 5
Tie a circle hook onto the free end of the line by snelling it with a uni knot. Pass the free end of the line through the eye of the hook so it exits on the point side of the hook. Pull the line down along the shank and hold it in place.
Step 6
Turn the end of the line back toward the eye of the hook to form a loop. Just below the eye of the hook, begin wrapping the free end around the line and shank and pass it through the loop four times. Pull the knot tight and trim excess from the free end with scissors.

Tips & Warnings

 
Attach a pyramid or bank weight in the one- to three-ounce range to the sinker slide.

Article Written By Keith Dooley

Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.

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