How to Make a Bottom Fishing Rig With Multiple Hooks

How to Make a Bottom Fishing Rig With Multiple Hooks
Multiple-hook bottom fishing rigs are just the ticket for many surf anglers. A variety of saltwater game fish from drum to whiting can often be caught using a simple but effective bottom rig. A basic bottom rig is designed to get the bait down where the fish can find it. Also known as a high-low rig or puppy drum rig, these multiple-hook rigs are widely available for sale. Using simple knots and a minimum of materials, many anglers can tie their own rigs, saving money in the long run.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • 30 pound test or heavier monofilament fishing line
  • Scissors
  • Circle octopus hooks
Step 1
Cut a 4-foot length of 30 lb test, or heavier, fishing line from a filler spool. The pound test of the line you use may be determined by the fish species, amount of weight required and personal preference. A good rule of thumb is to use 10 lbs of line test strength for every ounce of weight on the leader rig.
Step 2
Measure 18 inches from one end of the monofilament leader and double the line forming a working loop with a double line extending from the loop. Secure the loop in place with a simple double overhand knot. Turn the loop down, around and behind the doubled line forming a secondary loop to the side of the line. Pull the working loop through the secondary loop two times, moisten and pull tight. This loop will serve as a connection point with the main fishing line.
Step 3
Hold the short length of leader extending from the knot. Slide a circle octopus hook onto the short length of line and secure it in place with a Palomar knot. Tie the Palomar by feeding the line through the eye of the hook for several inches. Turn the line back through the eye forming a loop on one side and a double line on the other. Tie an overhand knot with the double line and loop, pull the loop around the bend of the hook, moisten and pull tight. This is the top dropper for the high low rig.
Step 4
Measure 12 inches down from the top loop and form another loop. Tie a double overhand knot with the double line extending from the loop as you did before. Adjust the loop so that it is at least 3 to 4 inches long. Moisten the knot and pull down tight. This loop will be the bottom loop used for attaching a weight for the rig.
Step 5
Attach a hook to the short length of line extending from the bottom loop. Once again, use a Palomar knot making sure to moisten the knot and pull down tightly.

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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