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.
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.
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.
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.
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.