How to Make a Pier Fishing Rig

How to Make a Pier Fishing Rig
Pier fishing is a great way to experience the fun of saltwater fishing without the expense commonly associated with deeper-water saltwater angling. Requiring minimal gear including a rod and spooled reel, rig and bait, pier fishing is a great way to enjoy a summer afternoon or evening at the beach or introduce someone to saltwater fishing. Various rigs are available and used for pier fishing; however, making a simple pier rig that is effective for a variety of saltwater game fish is easily accomplished by most anglers.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Egg sinker (3 ounce or larger)
  • Plastic bead
  • Barrel swivel (size 9)
  • Monofilament fishing line for leader (30- to 50-pound-test)
  • Live bait hook (2/0 or larger)
Step 1
Slide an egg sinker onto the end of your main fishing line. Choose an egg sinker in a weight of three ounces or heavier, based on fishing conditions, water depth and personal preference.
Step 2
Place a plastic bead on the main line below the egg weight. Choose a bead between six and eight millimeters in size as a buffer between the egg weight and swivel that will be attached.
Step 3
Tie a size 9 barrel swivel onto the end of the main line with a Uni knot. Tie the knot by feeding several inches of line through the eye on one end of the barrel swivel. Hold the free end of the line beside the main line and turn the free end back toward the swivel eye, forming a loop. Wrap the free end around the double line and through the loop four times. Moisten the knot and pull it tight against the swivel eye.
Step 4
Attach a three-foot leader length of 30- to 50-pound-test monofilament line to the opposite end of the swivel with a Uni knot. Pull the knot down tight against the eye of the swivel. The pound test used will be based on personal preference as well as fishing conditions.
Step 5
Tie a size 2/0 or larger live bait hook to the end of the monofilament leader with a Palomar knot. Form this knot by feeding the line through the eye of the hook and then back through, creating a loop on one side and double line on the other.
Step 6
Complete the knot by forming an overhand knot with the loop and double line. Pull the loop down from the knot and around the bend of the hook. Moisten the knot and pull it tight against the eye of the bait holder hook.

Tips & Warnings

Talk with pier operators and other anglers to determine the optimum location for fishing from the pier. Oftentimes different fish species can be caught from different locations along the pier. Keep in mind that you will typically have access to a variety of water from breakers at one end to deeper water at the other.
Use caution when casting rigs from the pier, making sure that no one is near during the cast to avoid potential injury.

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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