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Basic bottom fishing rigs for Surf Fishing
Basic bottom fishing rigs for Surf Fishing

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Basic bottom fishing rigs for Surf Fishing

There are numerous basic bottom fishing rig setups typically used by fishermen surf fishing. Three of the more popular setups are described below:

Basic Bottom Fishing Setup #1: Weight thru Main Line

Basic bottom fishing rigs for Surf Fishing
The first basic bottom fishing rig setup used for surf fishing uses a weight directly attached to your main fishing line. The weight should slide up and down the line freely. After threading the weight on the fishing line a small bead is threaded onto the line. A Spro power swivel is then tied directly to your main fishing line. The bead will cushion the weight from slamming into your knot on the power swivel when casting. A fluorocarbon leader is the tied to the other end of the power swivel. Leader length will vary with the bait used and the water conditions.

Basic Bottom Fishing Setup #2: Snap Swivel on Main Line

Basic bottom fishing rigs for Surf Fishing
The second basic bottom fishing rig setup used for surf fishing uses a snap swivel threaded directly on your main fishing line. The snap swivel is used where the weight was threaded in Bottom Fishing Rig setup #1. A bead is used between the snap swivel and the Spro power swivel. The weight is attached directly to the snap swivel. The advantage of the addition of a snap swivel is that you can easily change the size of the weight without retying your knots. Another advantage is the weight is easily removed when your fishing trip is over and rod storage is simplified.

Basic Bottom Fishing Setup #3: Snap Swivel with tag line

Basic bottom fishing rigs for Surf Fishing
The third basic bottom fishing rig setup used for surf fishing uses a snap swivel threaded directly on your main fishing line with a loop of fishing line. The snap swivel is used where the weight was threaded in Bottom Fishing Rig setup #1. The weight is attached to a loop of fishing line with a smaller pound test rating than your main fishing line. The length of the fishing line loop is generally 6 inches to 1 foot. The line is attached directly to the snap swivel. This basic bottom fishing setup is best when used in rocky areas where your weight might get caught on the bottom. The advantage of the addition of a snap swivel and fishing line loop is you can easily change the size of the weight without retying your knots. Another advantage is the weight is easily removed when your fishing trip is over and rod storage is simplified. The addition of the fishing line loop also gives more action to your bait.



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