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Running Rig (Clipped Down)

The clipped down version of the running rig incorporates a breakout sinker and impact shield. The breakout sinker means it can be fished stationary in one position without getting moved around by the current or waves while the impact shield allows the bait to be clipped down creating a more aerodynamic rig for distance casting. The main principal of the running rig is that it allows shyer biting fish to pick up the bait and swim off with it without felling the pressure of the sinker as it takes the bait. With this rig you fish with a very light drag that enables line to be released as the fish swims off. Large snapper will often pick up a bait and swim 10 or 20m before finally eating it. This is when you would tighten up on the drag and put the pressure on to set the hook.

Materials Needed

Main Rig Body / Backbone

  • Approx 600mm of 50 – 80 pound line
  • 2 x geni clips
  • 1 x swivel
  • 2 x beads
  • neoprene tubing for stop knots
  • 1 x impact shield

Trace / Snood

  • Approx 300 – 400 mm of 50 pound breaking strain line (needs to be shorter than your main rig body so it will be under tension when clipped down in the impact shield)
  • 1 x geni clip
  • 1 x recurve or circle hook (pick size based on bait you will be using and target species)


Main Rig Body / Rig Backbone

Step 1

Tie a genie clip to the bottom end of the piece of line you are using for your main rig body using an appropriate knot eg uni knot, clinch knot. This is where you will clip your sinker onto the rig.

Step 2

Thread a bead (the type of bead is down to personal preference, but, the main purpose is to protect the knot so you could use a hard or soft bead here) on to the other end of the piece of line and run it down so it sits on the knot you have just created when tying on the geni clip.

Step 3

Thread on impact shield so that it sits above the bead. Make sure the shield part is facing down toward the bottom of your rig.

Step 4

Thread on another bead so that it sits above the clip part of the impact shield. This needs to be a hard bead as the action of the impact shield sliding up and pushing against this is what causes your baited hook to be released from the clip.

Step 5

Create 2 or 3 stop knots on the rig body using 2 small pieces (about 5mm each) of neoprene tubing. These will hold your impact shield in place, but, are adjustable so that you can slide the shield up and down the rig body to make sure you have tension on the clipped down trace when casting.

Step 6

Tie a swivel on to the end of the piece of line to finish off the main rig body. This will be where your mainline runs through when a fish takes your line.

Trace / Snood

Step 1

Tie on a geni clip to one end of the piece of line you are using for your trace. This geni clip is used to attach your trace to your rig body by clipping it onto the one of the swivels trapped between the beads on the rig body.

Step 2

Tie on a hook to the other end of your trace using an appropriate knot eg clinch, uni, snell. The trace in the image has a lumo bead above the hook which helps with attracting fish to your baits in low light conditions or when night fishing. You could also use colored beads or sequins as alternative .

The great thing about having a trace that clips onto your main rig body is that it is very easy to interchange different traces. You can have a few made up that have different hook sizes, floats on them to protect your baits from crabs or even just ones that you bait up in advance so that when you change your bait it is simply a matter of clip on and cast. Another advantage is that when it comes time to re bait you can just leave you rod in the holder and only need to unclip the trace and carry that back to where you have your bait rather than taking the whole rod or rig.

To assemble the finished rig simply run your shock leader through the eye of the swivel that is on the top of the main rig body. Attach a swivel to the end of the shock leader then clip your baited trace onto this swivel. The trace can then be clipped down in the impact shield and cast.

The Finished Running Rig (Clipped Down)

Comments (2)

  1. Dimis


    I want to ask you if there is any risk of the bait tangling with the line, because the sinker’s line and hook’s line are too close and they have approximately the same lentgh.

    How can we be sure that the two lines won’t be tangled ??

    thank you

    • Rigz

      There is always a risk however remember that the bait will float above the sinker line. If any tangle occurs it might be with the cast, but when this rig hits the water the sinker will head to the bottom while the bait should float a bit above.

Have you tried this rig? Let us know how you got on

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