How to Fish With a Sabiki Rig

by Quinn Marshall

A sabiki rig is any type of fishing setup composed of multiple fishing hooks. Some sabiki rigs have a plastic circle with multiple hooks around the circumference, and others are a single strand with multiple hooks across its length. You can use sabiki rigs in locations that don't restrict anglers to a single hook. The benefits are obvious: Several hooks allow you to utilize more bait and catch more fish without reeling in as frequently.

Step 1

Purchase a sabiki rig from a tackle shop. Circular sabiki rigs with a firm frame are easier to use than long-strand sabiki rigs, which are easily tangled and knotted and can be difficult to bait. Choose a small, thin-line sabiki for use in calm clear water; a larger, heavier sabiki is fine in darker cloudy water. Check that the sabiki is applicable to the fish you want to catch. A thin sabiki designed for pan fish, for example, should not be used for catfish.

Step 2

Connect the sabiki to your fishing line's swivel. Unhook the swivel using your fingernail, then slip the sabiki's loop over the swivel and re-hook it.

Step 3

Place bait onto each sabiki hook just as you would a normal fishing hook. You can use any type of fishing bait: nightcrawlers, maggots, artificial worms and live swimbait, for example. Or, use different bait on each hook to maximize your odds of attracting fish.

Step 4

Cast your pole just as you would with any rig. Place the pole into a holder and let it sit in the water for an hour. Reel it in and remove the fish you've caught. Place them in a cooler or live well, then re-bait the sabiki rig and cast out again.

Tips & Warnings

  • A tangled sabiki rig can become damaged or could break when a fish bites. Replace the quality-compromised sabiki.

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