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Livebait Rig (Deep Water)

This rig is used to fish a live bait fish close to the bottom for species such as kingfish and John Dory that will rarely take dead baits. The bait can be hooked on through the back as shown or alternatively through the fishes nose. Livebaits will usually be taken head first so it is important to ensure you place the hook so that it is orientated as shown in the image. This will help ensure a good hook up and prevent the  fish from disgorging the bait.

Materials Needed

  • 80 – 150 pound line for trace
  • 15-24kg mainline
  • 1 x ball bearing swivel
  • 1 x livebait hook 7/0 – 12/0 depending on bait size
  • 1 x 4-6 ounce ball or egg sinker


Step 1

First tie the doubled section in you mainline using a plait/braid knot or bimini twist. These two knots both create a large loop which will not slip, it is this loop that is used for the double section of line The double section of line creates a bit of extra safety as the fish you are likely to target with livebaits will generally try to dive into any reef or structure when hooked in attempt to break the line and free themselves.

Step 2

Slide sinker onto the doubled section of mainline


Step 1

Tie a swivel to the loop/doubled section of line you just created in your mainline using an offshore swivel knot or similar. Ensure that you use a good quality ball bearing swivel.

Step 2

Tie one end of the trace to the swivel and tie the livebait hook to the end of the trace.

The Finished Livebait Rig (Deep Water)

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