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Running Rig

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. The standard version of the running uses a ball sinker for weight which means the rig will roll about on the sea floor, as a result it is not very suitable for fishing in situation where there is a lot of waves rolling in. The advantage of using the ball sinker is for what is called ‘walking the dog’. If there is a current running parallel to the beach you can use the running rig to cover a lot of ground as the rig will roll down the beach with the current. All you need to do is walk down the beach with your rod as the rig rolls a long the bottom. Doing this will mean you cover a lot more area and is good for prospecting. Your rig will drop into any holes or guts where fish tend to hold, which can then be targeted with a rig incorporating a breakout sinker it will hold in the newly discovered hole,

Materials Needed

  • 1 x recurve or circle hook (pick size based on bait you will be using and target species)
  • 1 x bead
  • 1 x ball sinker (2 or more smaller ball sinkers can be used to create a more aerodynamic rig)

Step 1

Thread the ball sinker then the bead onto your shock leader

Step 2

Tie on a hook to the end of your shock leader using an appropriate knot eg clinch, uni, snell.

The Finished Running Rig

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

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