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#1 jetty jarhead

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Posted April 21 2011 - 10:25 AM

Looking for the best recipe or design for top&bottom rigs I get alot of conflicting info on material and design. Lets see em ! Rig is for stripers off the beach

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Posted April 21 2011 - 10:34 AM

mine are nice and simple

4 foot of 50 or 40lb mono

swivel at one end

two dropper loops with 4/0 gamis

loop at the end for a sinker.

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Posted April 21 2011 - 10:37 AM

Well, for bottom you cant beat a Fishfinder with a circle hook, its really simple and it works. The leader length or material is up to you. To save money go with mono( heavy if blues around ) and if your looking to get some distance keep it short.

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Posted April 22 2011 - 7:28 AM

mine are nice and simple

4 foot of 50 or 40lb mono

swivel at one end

two dropper loops with 4/0 gamis

loop at the end for a sinker.

^^^^^what yougster says, except I use 60-lb mono, a duolock on the bottom for easily selecting and swapping out weights, and either 6/0 bait hooks or up to 12/0 circle hooks, depending on the brand and bait.


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Posted April 23 2011 - 1:07 PM

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Posted April 23 2011 - 1:11 PM

clams - 1 dropper loop. 4" above sinker clip. swivel on top. whole rig is maybe 30" long.

bunker - just like they do down south. 4" leader snelled to a hook of your choice. fish finder slide on main line if spinning or on shock leader if conv.

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Posted April 28 2011 - 8:10 PM

mine are nice and simple

4 foot of 50 or 40lb mono

swivel at one end

two dropper loops with 4/0 gamis

loop at the end for a sinker.

Is there a reason why you don't put the sinker on the dropper loop and tie the hook on the bottom? I am going to be making my own rigs this year and I really like your simple set up.


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Posted April 28 2011 - 8:25 PM

I've been bottom fishing for a loooong time bud and played with a LOT of rig style but here is what I have found to work best for me.

Clam Rig

1 5/0 bait hook at the end of 50 or 60lb leader. I'll go about 4 inches above that and put a drop loop so when I put on a second 5/0 bait hook, the bottom of the hook sits about and inch above the eye of the bottom. Then I run between 12-18 inches of leader up to ANY sized swivel tied to my main line. On the main line I'll place a bead above the knot and then a fish finder/slider with probably a pyramid or bank sinker depending on the current. (this double hooks into a single clam holds them pretty well and the lower hook hides into the entrails)

For squid I use the same style but with a slightly bigger gap between top and bottom hooks and with usually only a 4/0 bait hook and only use squid in the spring.

I also use this same rig (with a MUCH larger space between the hooks) for drifting OR bottom fishing with whole bunker but depending on conditions, go with or without the sinker and I will use the top hook in the face and then kind of sew the trail hook through the fish until it comes out by the tail.

I know a lot of guys like the sinker at the bottom but from a distance, in my opinion, this will restrict the movement of the bait in the water and I want mine kind of flopping and moving around as the sinker holds it in place.

The sinker on the bottom is nice if you ARE deep dropping or just making short throws into deeper water and even for tog sometimes but for stripers, which I have a LOT of luck catching, this rig style has worked out very well for me over the years.

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